Posts tagged "Foodstuffs"

MPI confirms no Australian contaminated strawberries in NZ

[17 September/Stuff] MPI confirmed that none of the strawberries that were part of the needle contamination scare in Australia were on New Zealand shelves. MPI’s Manager of Compliance Investigations, Gary Orr, said the Australian authorities tracked export orders for strawberries and confirmed none were imported by New Zealand. Countdown and Foodstuffs decided to not import...

Fed Farmers calls for supermarket milk boycott

[27 August/Rural Life] Federated Farmers wants New Zealander’s to stop buying milk from supermarkets, and buy it from dairies instead. This was a result of University of Auckland Marketing Professor, Bodo Lang, finding milk pricing in New Zealand was very high. Federated Farmers Dairy Chairman, Chris Lewis, said he avoided the supermarket when buying milk...

Capsicum shortage hits supermarkets

[22 July/Radio NZ] Due to biosecurity concerns, capsicums could be in short supply at supermarkets for a few weeks. Countdown and Foodstuffs have both encountered problems with some of their overseas shipments. Foodstuffs said it had issues with three shipments from the Netherlands. It added it was continuing to source locally grown capsicums but there...

Synlait enters fresh milk market with Foodstuffs South Island

[20 December/The Country] Synlait Milk says it will enter into the fresh milk market in early 2019 through becoming the exclusive supplier of private label fresh milk and cream to Foodstuffs South Island. The company will invest $125 million in a liquid dairy packaging plant and the products will be sold across the network of...

Dairy stays above churn of plant-based substitutes

[2 November/ Radio New Zealand] More consumers are purchasing plant-based milk, yoghurts and cheeses. New Zealand’s two supermarket chains Progressive and Foodstuffs have noticed this and are stocking more plant-based products than ever before. Foodstuffs claim plant-based milk sales had increased 11 percent since August 2016 in its North Island stores. Progressive Enterprises now has...

Foodstuffs confirms problems meeting demand for potato chips

[15 October/Stuff] Foodstuffs has confirmed that it is having challenges meeting demand for potato chips. This is due to recent wet weather having dealt a blow to crops. Foodstuffs said the shortage would likely last only a few weeks. Potatoes New Zealand Chief Executive Chris Claridge has also confirmed the lack of crisping potatoes. Mr...

‘Wettest year in memory’ behind poor potato crop in Manawatū, Horowhenua

[16 October/ Stuff] A wet year has meant a lower potato crop yield. Some Pak ‘n Save supermarkets warned customers potato chips were in short supply due to a nationwide potato shortage. The shortage was expected to last until the new year. Foodstuffs Spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said the shortage at those stores was due to...

Owner of New World, Pak ‘n Save to ditch cage eggs in a decade

[21 September/ Stuff] Foodstuffs is allowing ten years to stop selling cage eggs. The eggs will come from either free-range or barn raised hens. Countdown pledged in March to go cage-free by 2024 in the North Island and 2025 in the South Island. Foodstuffs Managing Director Steve Anderson said the company is committed to working...

Foodstuffs challenging My Food Bag by offering meal kits

[6 July/ NZ Herald] Since mid-February 2017 Foodstuffs has sold DIY dinner kits in response to the social trend of spontaneous dinner decisions and the rise of home-delivered meal solution kits. Foodstuffs Marketing General Manager Steve Bayliss said Just Cook It meal kits are prepared fresh in-store daily with pre-measured ingredients including meat or fish,...

Supermarkets join forces to fight obesity

 [17 October/ NZ Herald] Foodstuffs New Zealand and Progressive Enterprises have proposed changes including removing confectionary from checkouts, giving away free fruit, and rolling out a health star rating for products in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity. The supermarket chains have committed to reviewing their branded products and reducing sugar, salt and saturated fat...

Calls for wonky fruit and veg to join the ‘perfect’ shapes in supermarkets

[21 February/ Business Day] New Zealand supermarkets have not been selling oddly shaped fruit and vegetables, as they only sell A-grade fruits and vegetables at a premium price. Federation of Family Budgeting Representative, Raewyn Fox said the oddly shaped fruit and vegetables were still fit for human consumption and would help customers living on tight...

Mexican grapes pulled from shelves after venomous spiders found

[8 July/ Business Day] Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises stores have pulled all Mexican grapes from their shelves, after the discovery of 10 venomous spiders. The Ministry for Primary Industry’s identified five black widows, one brown widow and two yellow sac spiders within the grapes, with two others yet to be identified. Ministry for Primary Industries...

Supermarkets stay vigilant over 1080 baby formula threat

[31 March/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand supermarkets are remaining vigilant against infant formula product tampering, ahead of the imposed deadline by a blackmailer threatening to contaminate infant formula with 1080 poison. Foodstuffs Managing Director, Steve Anderson said the company’s stores will continue to maintain heightened surveillance and in-store security. Mr Anderson encouraged customers...

Potato shortage has upside in Southland

[13 January/ 13 January] A nationwide potato shortage is impacting the supply of chips, with some supermarkets posting notices indicating the supply shortage. Meanwhile, Southland company, Pyper’s Produce director, Brent Lamb said it was selling potatoes to the North Island due to poor growing conditions. Mr Lamb said the wet spring weather had also affected...

Move over cow milk as alternatives make inroads

[15 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] In 2013, Sanitarium reported a 12 percent increase in the growth of milk alternatives such as rice, soy, oat and coconut milk in New Zealand, while almond milk experienced a 143 percent increase. Fonterra Brands CEO, Peter McClure said that sales of cow milk and cream over the past...

The free-range egg scam: 2.47m eggs really from caged hens

[6 August/ NZ Herald] Egg farmer and owner of now non-operational Forest Hill Farm, John Garnett, who admitted to supplying 2.47 million eggs between April 2010 and November 2011 as free range when they were from caged hens was sentenced to 12 months home detention and 200 hours of community service. The Poultry Industry Association...