IN a major move that may have its reflection in this market, Coles in Australia believes it can cut out hundreds of millions of dollars and eliminate the 20,000 strong army of merchandisers by setting up its own organization to contract to suppliers. Coles would then become the arbiter of fees paid by suppliers and allow it to pocket a lucrative rebate in the process. Coles believes that merchandising and demonstration agents generate around $A500 million a year from suppliers.
MARS has extended its M&M brand in the
WELL known cheese authority Neil Willman of the
PEPSICO has denied it is in talks to purchase the Israeli owned SodaStream International operation, reputed to be worth around $US2 billion. An Israeli newspaper had earlier reported negotiations were underway. The report also brought Coca-Cola into contention but there has been no comment from that direction.
A PROPOSAL to bring supermarkets in line with other off-license premises, including roping off departments outside designated hours, is part of a draft scheme put to the Hamilton City Council. The draft recommended scaling back off license hours and forcing supermarkets to also toe the line. The draft policy will be put forward for consultation this month.
CONSUMER NZ has surveyed the price of 40 grocery products in north and south-east
PAYMENTS provider Paymark has reported May being a positive month for consumer spending with electronic spending up by 5.1% with food the spending leader. A number of regions saw above average growth with both
WORK on extending the Halswell New World in
A survey run in conjunction with Maggi’s Kitchen Showdown programme for intermediate students has shown that parents efforts to inspire the next generation of home cooks is having a good impact but there is still some way to go to get more kids into the kitchen. About a third of parents with children under 15 identified their children were cooking a meal at least once a week.
THE confectionery industry in the
NATURAL Products has appointed John Stanton as a new board member. John is general manager of sales at Vitaco Health and has had nine years in the natural health industry previously with Nutra-Life in
KRAFT Foods Investment (
THE only measures available until now on ad spend in this country have been from Neilson and the Advertising Standards Authority or other industry organizations releasing irregular reports. This month sees the launch of another player called Standard Media Index (SMI). The company is an independent global publisher that is well known in
A SPECIFIC batch of Sealord No Added Salt canned salmon (210g) has been recalled. It is batch 2025P DN217 stamped on the lid. There has been only one single report of a fragment of brass in a can after a component broke during manufacture. There has been no reports of injury from the product that has been available in-store since February 5.
Only a couple of weeks after addressing the NZ Food & Grocery Council half yearly conference in Auckland, Australian-based Procter & Gamble managing director Maile Carnegie has moved on to become managing director of Google for Australia and New Zealand. She has been P&G managing director for the past three years after spending her entire working life with the multi-national across
MONDELEZ International is rolling out a new Cadbury product – a chocolate covered cereal snack in the
FONTERRA Brands is recalling its Mainland Tasty individually wrapped flavoured processed cheese slices after discovering a packaging fault where the wrapping of individual slices may split into thin strips posing a potential hazard if consumed. The product involved is one with a Best Before date of 28 February 2014. This product is sold in supermarkets, foodservice outlets and dairies throughout the
Countdown has entered into a new lease with American entertainment group Reading International to incorporate a new supermarket as an anchor tenant in the new Courtenay Entertainment Centre in
IAN Hong and Gary Baker, owner operators of Wellington City New World, have got their supermarket behind pioneering cancer treatment being done locally by the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute. The charity work will support award-winning work by Professor Swee Tan who has already had remarkable success with the charity’s new poster girl and her vascular tumour.
“The relationship between price and food quality is complicated. What is most often true is that empty calories from added sugar and added fats are cheap. And the recommended healthier food, including lean meats, fruit and vegetables and whole grains are more expensive. So making a decision to eat healthier does entail some economic costs. The paradox is that if you try to save money on food, you are going to be driven towards foods which give you more calories for your dollar, and those are going to be energy dense foods which happen to be good tasting, widely available, and those foods are easy to over-eat because they pack a lot of calories into a small package. It’s difficult to over-eat celery or spinach and easy to over-eat chocolate and potato chips – so you pay less to eat more.”
A comment from Dr Adam Drewnoski of the University of Washington.
Nestle’s Maggi brand of instant soups, stocks, sauces, taste enhancers and noodles has been judged top food brand in the world according to the international Kantar Worldpanel. Unilever’s Knorr brand was second with PepsiCo’s Lay’s brand in third place. The data on ranking global brands came from tracking shoppers’ habits in 32 countries. Coca-Cola was the world’s number one drinks brand with its products being chosen 5.3 billion times a year. Unilever was the leading manufacturer with 15 brands in the top 50.
New touch screen technology launched in three Pak’nSave’s this week – Papakura, Porirua and Riccarton – could could be used at all of the banner stores throughout the country shortly. The technology allows shoppers to choose their own in-store music while they are shopping from a database of 3500 songs specifically selected for the store environment.
Australian Coca-Cola Amatil managing director Terr Davis has said that his company’s earning have been hit by a price war with Pepsi along with fewer soft drink sales in supermarkets. CCA has been forced to drop its prices due to the heavy discounting of Pepsi and to ensure its rivals new product, Pepsi Next, did not gain traction in the Australian market. Lower earnings in CCA’s Australian business will cause a drop of eight or nine per cent in its overall earnings for the first six months of 2013.
Three television advertisements promoting Anchor’s new lightproof milk containers were the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, but the ASA found there were no grounds to proceed over the matter. The complainant claimed that the advertisements were misleading and potentially dangerous because the new containers offered no advantage for milk kept in a normal fridge as it was the cool temperature that slowed the growth of bacteria, not light.
Confectioner Wrigley has taken its new caffeine added chewing gum off the market in a temporary move while the US Food & Drug Administration begins an investigation into the safety of caffeine added foods. The FDA said the move demonstrated the company's real leadership and commitment to public health.
Coles Supermarkets has secretly bought one of Woolworths’ most profitable
The Food & Grocery Council half yearly conference in
The total value of food and liquor retailing in
THE sale of Twinkies in the
The 2013 Food Industry Excellence Awards will be announced at the NZIFST conference in
World Vision and Christchurch baker Cookie Time have signed a deal for the company’s One Square Meal product to be the official food partner of the 40-hour Famine (June 7-9). Funds for this year’s famine have been earmarked for
Judging has finished for this year’s Ice Cream Awards due to be announced at the industry’s annual conference in
Progressive is in talks with the Dunedin City Council to build a new multi-million dollar Fresh Choice store in the city’s Green Island. Current operator John Moyle would close his existing store and move to the new site between
BAKERS around the country are already working on their entries for this year’s NZ Bakels supreme pie awards with the winners to be announced at a major
FOOD Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is holding a meeting for industry stakeholders in
TWO of Goodman Fielder’s baked brands – Freya and Nature’s Fresh – have joined the growing wraps market with new product ranges this month. The
The performance of the Australian manufacturing sector, including food and beverage, worsened significantly in April amid weakening economic conditions. The industry report said this was the lowest manufacturing production level for four years and the lowest export reading since 2004. The Australian Industry Group report said the contractions in food, beverage and tobacco were significant
UK-owned global rice business Tilda has launched a new children’s rice and vegetable range in
THE Food & Grocery Council has developed a new information source on its public website that gives an updated list of industry-wide initiatives on healthy eating. This has been developed to assist the media in answering questions on inevitable attacks on the industry.
FOODSTUFFS Auckland Wellington executives are working towards a vote by members on the proposed merger in the
PAYMENTS provider Paymark says consumer spending over the first four months of this year is up 3.9% on the same period in 2012 and has shown a positive start to the year. Sectors where spending had noticeably accelerated this year included food and liquor that was up 4.1% and pharmacies that were up 6.%.
THE annual Beef + Lamb Steak of Origin semi final held earlier this month generally covered farming and processing operations, but in the retail best of brand segment, one of the four nominations was New World Remuera with its Angus Pure product.
THE Health Ministry is looking at tightening regulations over retail sales of tobacco and one of its ideas is forcing all tobacco retailers to be listed on a state register. The idea of restricting the number of tobacco outlets had been floated but no further work had been done on that aspect. Currently New Zealand has around 10,000 tobacco retailers, some of whom could be delicensed from the state register if they were caught selling illegally to under 18 year olds.
COLES and Woolworths in
PROGRESSIVE Enterprises is in talks with the Dunedin City Council with a vew to developing a Fresh Choice supermarket on
FONTERRA is planning to slash its consumer brands in
A VOLUNTARY code of conduct for retailers in
THE Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food, the country’s second largest food company, has bought a 60% share in the British Weeabix Group that has produced the mainstay of the English breakfast table for the past 80 years. The deal offers an entry for Weeabix into the lucrative Chinese market where consumers with growing disposable income are becoming receptive to trusted Western brands.
COLES has launched a trial of a new MasterCard mobile wallet that enables a sample group of consumers to pay for their groceries with their credit card and earn Flybys points using their smartphone. The trial, partnered by GE Capital, MasterCard and Vodafone, will assess the user friendliness of the technology and the seamless integration of loyalty points.
“I’ll tell you this, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10 …..
GLOBAL confectionery giant Cadbury has relaunched its Dairy Milk blocks range in
NORTH American parents who have struggled to get their kids to eat 5+ a day are breathing easier now that the House of Representatives has passed legislation that declares pizza a vegetable. Frozen pizza will now qualify for a federal subsidy because it contains two tablespoons of tomato paste.
OAMARU-based Rainbow Confectionery, the phoenix that grew out of the demise of the
BRIAN Dewar, former national sale general manager at Vitaco Health has been appointed CEO of home made yoghurt specialists EasiYo. He replaces Paul O’Brien who has moved into a new role to develop the company’s Asian market. The company was bought by Westland Milk Products four years ago and is now a 100% subsidiary. Currently it is selling its products and equipment in around 20 countries and is strong in supermarkets.
KAI Time On The Road and celebrity chef Peter Peeti are back on the air tonight (Monday) with a brand new food series – the 11th season of the programme. Although most of the programmes are devoted to natural food, the 26 episodes also bring in a number of prepared food lines and amongst the early highlights is a visit to south
“him” research who operate in
The Chip Group ran a training session for hot food and independent takeaway operators in Matamata in February and the results of post-testing show the programme successfully lowered the fat content of deep fried chips by a whopping 20%. The industry group said it was an excellent result and would make a huge impact on the Matamata food this year.
VOTING began earlier this month in the annual Beef+Lamb People’s Choice Awards across the eleven regions of the contest. Voting is scheduled to finish on May 19 with the winners being announced in early June.
THE six episode series of a restaurant construction and launching featuring executive chef Sean Connolly, has been judged the best international production at the World Food & Wine tv festival in
VILLA Maria took out nine gold medals at the 2013 Auckland Easter Show including its 2010 vintage of merlot that topped its class for the second year running.
ENTRIES open in mid-April for the prestigious Best Chip Shop national competition. This year, all operators achieving less than 9% fat will receive a high commended award. The winners are being announced in August.
NICK Clark from Flight Coffee in
FIGURES released this week by payments provider Paymark have shown year-on-year spending growth slowed during March, probably as a result of Easter falling pre-April for the first time in five years. The total value of transactions processed through the Paymark network increased by 3.1% over March of last year but the annual growth rate was running around 5.7%. Paymark reported that Easter often brought a slowing in spending growth.
THE ninth annual grocery charity squash tournament is open for entries. The charity programme that operates in
THE long time Foodstuff’s owned company, the Bell Tea & Coffee Company, will leave the Foodstuffs fold once a buyer has been found and operate as an independent supplier to the industry. The company has been owned by Foodstuffs for around 50 years and its growth has been impeded by this relationship. In the meantime, it is business as usual while PriceWaterhouseCoopers explores potential buyers.
FONTERRA Brands has revealed innovative 100% light proof bottles for their Anchor brand with CEO Peter McClure branding it a "game changer" for the fresh milk category. "Our triple-layer 100% light proof bottle is the most significant innovation project we have undertaken at Anchor. We have developed sophisticated new techology backed by extensive research to apply the concept of light proof packaging to fresh milk and cream," he said. Anchor's new look bottle is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is designed to deliver the best tasting milk by locking in the taste and goodness.
WHILE targeted at the hospitality industry, there is strong retail spinoff from the annual Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge that will run again in June. The programme encourages cafes and restaurants to create a culinary masterpiece using Dilmah tea in an original tea-based cocktail or mocktail, create a tea infused dish and present a harmonious tea and food pairing. Last year, the event got substantial newspaper, tv and magazine publicity and the company believes it has a flow-on to retail sales.
A NEW trend for mid-calorie products has appeared in the global carbonated drinks market according to new international research. The new products are positioned half way between full sugar lines and the health benefits of sugar free options. Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola have trialled the concept.
A NATIONAL survey of
Overall, 39% said they were buying whatever was on special while only 32% said they only drink their favourite brand.
STEINLAGER is once again supporting Emirates Team New Zealand in their bid to win this year’s
GOODMAN Fielder has celebrated the delivery of its millionth loaf of donated fresh bread with the launching this week of its new charitable trust that builds on its bread donation programme. Over 60 foodbanks have benefited from the $3m worth of bread already donated. Funds raised by the new trust will be spread amongst community groups throughout
HIGHLY respected and well known former Pak ‘nSave operator Graeme Blackburn died suddenly on Monday. The owner operator of the Henderson outlet for many years and partner with John Street (Lincoln Pak ‘nSave) in a number of ventures including the pair being prolific and successful racehorse owners and breeders, was one of the industry’s gentlemen. Graeme (69) is survived by his wife Erin, daughters Kathryn and Loretta and sons Ewen, Phillip and Graeme jnr.
A NUMBER of New Zealanders have already booked for the major food and beverage show SIAL China in Shanghai from May 7-9. Over 2,200 exhibitors from 90 countries are expected to attract around 50,000 international visitors. Running alongside this show is SIAL Wine World, the country’s only premium wine event featuring over 450 exhibitors. In this part of the show are five events including masterclasses and a wine innovation forum.
China is showing a growing demand for imported food with imports increasing by 15% a year with the country expected to be the world’s biggest importer inside five years.
Detail on the show is on www.sialchina.com
AFTER five years with Progressive, GM Merchandise Murray Johnston heads back to
WRIGLEY bought internationally by Mars in 2008, is joining up with its local parent in a new building in
POULTRY producer Tegel has put eight of its large industrial sites up for sale and leaseback. The sites in
PROGRESSIVE Enterprises has taken the title of Grand Champion Retailer in the Golden Lamb Awards run by Beef + Lamb. The Countdown entry used its Southdown lamb to take the award. The Grand Champion award went to a lamb product from Mangapoike Ltd near Gisborne with a composite product processed by Silver Ferns Farm at Takapau (
POPULAR merchandise and packaged goods gm at Progressive, Murray Johnston, is moving back to
THE 95 year old Australian-based chicken processor Ingham Enterprises has found a purchaser in global private investment company TPG. The family-owned company has been looking for a buyer for some time and has finally found one who could ensure continuity and growth. The family has retained its substantial property portfolio and its extensive horse racing business. For the company in
COUNTDOWN has launched a Onecard Visa credit card in partnership with GE Capital – an ll in one loyalty card and credit card that managing director Dave Chambers says will provide one of the most practical and rewarding loyalty programmes on offer in this country. The card was available to consumers from March 4 and is one of the first cards to use the Visa payWave technology in which transactions are processed with a wave of the card over a terminal.
A NEW World Mt Maunganui shopper has won $10,000 in the latest draw of a nationwide
MEDICAL grade manuka honey can improve effectiveness of antibiotics and prevent the emergence of resistance to them according to new Australian finding announced this week. The
SPC Ardmona, the troubled subsidiary of Coca-Cola Amatil, has a new boss after Vince Pinneri has moved back to the parent company after three years with the grower and canner. CCA’s current managing director of business services will be stepping into the Ardmona role. Kelly is well known after 25 years with the Coca-Cola system and has held a number of key positions including general manager grocery and director of operations and logistics.
THIS year’s annual Bakels Pie Awards will be judged in early July with the awards dinner scheduled for July 23 in
WITH the inclusion of two Carl’s Jr stores in its fourth quarter sales, Restaurant Brands has reported a 4.5% sales gain in the last three months. Sales rose to $72.96m in the 12 weeks ended February 25 and annual sales were reported as $311.9m. Current strategy is to wind down its less profitable Pizza Hut operations while adding more Carl’s Jr stores.
BOOKINGS have opened for limited tickets at this year’s Grocery Charity Ball. Organisers are expecting over 65 people and tickets are already being taken up. The charity this year for the August 31 event is the Monty Betham “Steps For Life Foundation” which is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing obesity and works with overweight high school age youth.
RELEASED this week, the new Kiwi Blue bottles of water from Coca-Cola are the first of their kind to be produced in this country and have 25% less plastic than previously. The brand is now the lightest product in the still water category with even the caps using 5.7% less plastic than before. The company said its use of PET plastic would be reduced by 74 tonnes a year using the new technique
RENOVATIONS at Invercargill’s Windsor New World were completed last month after a $9m upgrade. The store now boasts over 60 new grocery bays, contemporary checkout with the latest technology and major redesigns throughout the store.
TWO local Dutch cheese companies dominated this year’s NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. Meyer Gouda Cheese won the Crossroads Wines Champion of Champion award for large cheesemakers and Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese won the Cuisine magazine award for smaller producers. The
DELEGATS Group has lifted its first half profit to $19.3m for the six months to December on sales of $130m. The company says it had been hugely successful with sales to North America and
A NEW 6000sqm Pak ‘n Save will open in Blenheim next week (March 19) carrying around 10,000 sku’s and is promising to deliver new low prices to locals. There has been a significant interest in employment at the supermarket with more than 1600 job applications.
COLES has brushed aside criticism of its petrol discounting programme and has signaled it may even extend the promotion. The company says it is a significant benefit to its customers and Woolworths have continually matched the deals. The Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has already launched an investigation amid fears that the ongoing discounting will kill off many independent service stations and leave the two supermarket giants even more dominant in the market.
MARS have announced a $52m expansion of its Ballarat chocolate plant that will secure a further 400 jobs on the site. The expansion includes a brand new Maltesers production facility over the next 12 months
The icecream market at the premium end has become a tough business over recent years with pricing and deals the order of the day. The closure comes just as the company was working on a number of new and innovative market ideas. Scorgie finished with the company at the closure.
Metcash, that made a profit of $A262m last year, supplies and handles the marketing of independent grocers such as IGA and Foodworks as well as group of independent liquor stores and operates the Mitre 10 hardware banner. Reitzer has been the CEO since 1998.
ROBERT Reihana from Quality Bakers in Nelson has won the title of Young Bread Baker of the Year following judging in
The judges also awarded a $2000 research grant to Sean Jackson of Centre City New World in
BECAUSE of a clash of dates with the major ANUGA food and beverage expo in
FOOD manufacturers, retailers and the Australian Federal Government have reached agreement on a new voluntary level of reduction of sodium, starting with savoury crackers. The salt reduction agreement follows voluntary commitments by individual food producers to reduce both salt and sugar in various food products.
THE Prolife owned Donovans Chocolate in
ROY Morgan Research has revealed the winners of its second annual Customer Satisfaction Awards with Aldi being named Supermarket of the Year for the second year running.
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is stepping up its activities regarding alleged supermarket treatment of suppliers. In the latest move, the consumer watchdog has moved its campaign up a notch by signalling concerns over the impact of shopper dockets on the petrol market. At a hearing before the Senate committee last week, the ACCC for the first time, backed the formation of a legally enforceable code of conduct governing trade relations. It says it has credible new evidence that includes bullying tactics. Coles and Woolworths say they will co-operate with the accelerated probe.
THE 2012 year was not a “walk in the park” for Nestle internationally but the company still delivered a good result with nett profit for the year to December 2012 up 12% to around $11.5billion. The company said it had delivered in both the developed world and in emerging markets and had grown its portfolio over all segments. Executive vice president Ms Wan Ling Martello said there was a stream of innovation coming through in its frozen business as well as new capsule machine in the Nespresso area.
COCA-COLA Amatil has seen a drop of 22% annual drop in profit its half yearly results to December. The results announced this week included an $A98.5m writedown that was largely attributed to its struggling SPC Ardmona business. The company said the
Overall the Australasian result showed a nett profit of $A459.9m that was down almost $A140m on the previous same period.
AN independent survey by Nestle New
TWO of the last independent supermarket groups in
COLES has launched a trial MasterCard Mobile Wallet that will enable a sample group of customers to pay for groceries with their credit cards and earn Flybuys points by using their smart phones. The technology is already being used in the
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched an investigation into Coles and Woolworths over possible misuse of their market power and indications of “unconscionable conduct” in relation to deals with their suppliers.
Both supermarket groups are maintaining their innocence but the ACCC is hinting it will use its mandatory powers to obtain more information. The accusations include discriminating against suppliers in favour of own brands and adding additional costs to suppliers with the threat to delist the products if the costs are not paid.
Around 50 suppliers have so far come forward and raised issues of unfair activity and the ACCC says this week that allegations raised in its investigations so far had included conduct that did not conform to acceptable business practice.
The ACCC has the power to obtain information and protect the anonymity of suppliers who had produced evidence that supported the claims. Despite a code being set up by the industry, its implementation would not prevent an ACCC investigation.
Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) has issued a recall for a range of Schweppes bottled products with best before dates of 10 January 2014 and 30 January 2014. This is a range of 330ml glass bottles sold in packs of four or individually. The products involved are Schweppes Lemonade, Schweppes Tonic Water, Schweppes Soda, Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale, Schweppes Soda Lemon Twist. The recall is due to a fault in a small number of glass bottles within these batches which may have chipped finishes and glass fragment. The contact is the company’s customer services on 0800 505 123.
THE annual suppliers golf tournament that ran last Friday at
COLES Supermarkets have been ordered to pay $A500,000 to a woman who was struck instore by a heavy trolley pushed by a staff member. The woman claimed it damaged her hip and stopped her from adopting a child. Coles appealed to the Supreme Court but lost the appeal.
BLENHEIM New World in
A number of
A Vinexpo study of the market shows that red wine still dominates world consumption, that in 2011 61.5% of the world’s spirits were drunk in the Asia Pacific region, that sparkling wines account for 7.7% of all wine consumption, and that the consumption of wine increased by 2.8% in the last four years with total sales now 32 billion bottles annually.
AMERICAN billionaire investor Warren Buffett has bought HJ Heinz for $US23.3 billion, the richest deal ever in the food industry. The deal is intended to help Heinz worldwide accelerate its expansion. The
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has raised concerns over the proposed acquisition of fellow wet and dry infant food producer Rafferty’s Garden by Heinz. Heinz already dominated the sector in
THE supplier industry is bristling with comment over the proposed merger of Foodstuffs Auckland Wellington – with most expressing relief that the groups have finally managed to do a deal. It is yet to be voted on by members but this seems a fait accompli giving better organized buying, promotions and particularly compliance. Managing director of the new group is planned to be
THE 166th Countdown supermarket was opened by Progressive last week at
FOLLOWING on from the Mt Roskill opening, the company is opening its 167th unit at Tawa in Wellingon on Tuesday (February 12). This is a 3115 sqm supermarket being opened by local MP Peter Dunne and Countdown’s first in this community. Store manager is Melanie Rae.
SAINSBURY chief executive Justin King has written to the British government agreeing to join the PPC, a voluntary code of commitment by British businesses agreeing to honour contractual payment terms with suppliers. This reverses Sainsbury’s previous stance. It is estimated that small businesses in
COLES supermarkets in
McCAIN Foods (Aust) P/L has now completed the acquisition of the Kitchens of Sara Lee frozen bakery business from Hillshire Brands. This move paves the way for an extension in the range of products available in
LOAF bakery in
MOBIL (ExxonMobil Corp) is successfully completing its shift from owning and operating convenience stores and service stations in
COUNTDOWN’S annual charity golf day at Titirangi will be held this Friday with around 200 trade golfers taking part in the two round event. For some years, Progressive has been supporting Alzheimers Auckland and to date, in association with Rotary, has raised close on a million dollars. Last year, the event raised $165,000.
OPERATING out of only three stores, the
THE TWO Foodstuffs co-operatives in the North Island that operate the three major grocery brands – New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square – are to be merged, subject to member consultation and a subsequent vote.
The move follows an extensive business study resulting in a decision by the boards of the two wholly New Zealand owned and operated regional co-operatives unanimously agreeing on a merger proposal to be put to their respective owner-operators.
“The key beneficiaries of the move would be consumers,” said Foodstuffs spokesman Murray Jordan, who would assume the Managing Director role of the new company which would be known as Foodstuffs North Island Limited.
“It will help keep prices down through the benefits of common systems, faster decision-making, reduced costs and other benefits. The savings can also be applied to in-store enhancements.
“The merger of the
He said Foodstuffs had moved to a more integrated model over recent years for the three co-operatives in areas such as marketing and product development, and a merger of the two
WOOLWORTHS has released its second quarter results that showed a profit increase of 3.8% in its supermarket division compared with the same period last year. The company had sales of $A13.2 billion across the entire supermarket division in
FOR the same quarter, Coles sales were at $A9.8 billion, up 5.2% on the same period the previous year and the positive growth from the company was expected to put pressure on Woolworths. This was the 15th consecutive quarter of growth for Coles and the company said it continued to invest in lower prices throughout the quarter to drive volume ahead of sales growth. The company opened 10 new supermarkets and closed four during the quarter giving it a total of 753 supermarkets.
IRISH fast food chain Supermac is to open its first store in
ACTIVITY is afoot in the Arano juice camp. The company has just been appointed the key juice supplier for the new MasterChef series that starts this month, and at the same time has launched a new range of six premium juices including grapefruit, pear, peach, apricot, plum and a pure orange juice.
THE Australian government has launched a new $1000 bonus to businesses that hire a mature aged worker as part of a package of initiatives to increase mature age participation in the workforce. A number of
AS promised by Foodstuffs NZ managing director Steve Anderson, Foodstuffs is to hold an industry briefing on February 25 to collect views on how the industry can be more successful in the forecast tough trading environment. The half day briefing will allow key suppliers to discuss how Foodstuffs can work more effectively with suppliers at both regional and national levels.
A number of
SANITARIUM’S general manager
IN a further incursion into the convenience business, some McDonalds in
HOT on the heels of opening in Mt Maunganui, Nosh Food Market opens its eighth store on
Nosh co-founder and director Clinton Beuvink says there has been plenty of demand from
“We have had a lot of feedback from ‘the shore’ asking when we’d be opening a branch there so we’re delighted to have
He says New Zealanders are sophisticated consumers who are now demanding a better quality of food retailing which is fuelling demand for greater competition.
“It strengthens the category and consumers are the winners – they have more choice on where they can shop and are no longer dictated to by the big supermarkets. We are giving consumers what they want and more.”
The store stocks a range of global brand names such as Waitrose and also includes a Black Rock Butchery (winner of the Ham of the Year 2012) on site bakery, fruit and vegetables seafood and much more.
Constellation Drive is Nosh’s second franchise store, jointly owned with Jo and Simon Jamieson who have a background in food and retail businesses including a café and catering outlet, video stores and a telecoms franchise.
The Jamiesons contacted Nosh after reading in the media that the company was interested in pursuing a growth strategy involving the owner-operator model and say they’re “stoked” with the
“It’s smack bang in the middle of a large residential and commercial catchment area and very close to the motorway. Plus we’re bringing up to 40 new jobs to the area – it just has a good community feel about it,” Mr Jamieson says.
Nosh will extend its VIP member scheme to the new store. A Nosh VIP-only morning on Tuesday features special deals, food tastings and demonstrations by My Kitchen Rules stars Simon and Meg. The store is open to the general public from midday.
FOUR Auckland sisters will set foot in the South Island for the first time in January after winning Ingham’s recent ‘Wonders of Wanaka’ Onecard promotion.
The promotion offered customers the chance to win a family trip to Wanaka, including flights, accommodation and spending money with every purchase of Ingham’s red bag frozen products.
Winner and youngest sister Jessica Wech, of Torbay, says the sisters had been looking for an opportunity to spend some time together and have always dreamed of an adventure to the
Jessica won the prize after purchasing Ingham Chicken Nuggets from
Ingham National Sales Manager Jonathan Gray says Ingham’s range of frozen products is aimed at providing convenient meal solutions for busy Kiwi families. “As a true
The promotion marked the launch of two new products to Ingham’s range of frozen products, Chicken Goujons and Chicken Wedges, as well as new packaging applied across the range.
The venue will also be home to the inaugural Wine World Shanghai. For the first time in 13 years Wine World Shanghai is to become independent from SIAL
SIAL CHINA 2012 occupied over 73,200 sqm, featured 1907 exhibitors from 69 countries and 24 provinces in
SINCE its launch earlier this year Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations has been an incredibly successful product line for the company. The Marvellous launch was so marvelous that Cadbury had to reship to the total market last month.
“Due to the exceptional sell through of Marvellous Creations we have experienced some supply chain shortages which we have proactively worked through internally and with our customers. Supply constraints have been managed through product allocations based on fair share,” says category development manager Lucianne O’Shaughnessy.
O’Shaughnessy says that whilst they thought Marvellous Creations would be well received even they were shocked by the response to the product.
“We expected Marvellous Creations to be big due to purchase intent research and how everyone that saw the product prior to launch was totally excited by the proposition. However, we did underestimate how much New Zealanders would love this product. The total brand has scanned $3m (Nielsen Total Scan 12/08/12) since launch with supply constraints. The three blocks have scanned more than Cadbury Dairy Milk 200g during the same period,” she says.
The Marvellous Creations line features three variants; Jelly Crunchie Bits, Jelly Popping Candy (our favourite) and Peanut Toffee Cookie which are available in 50g bars and family sized blocks. Jelly Popping Candy has been their number one selling sku for both blocks and bars with O’Shaughnessy saying that they are adding to the category. “Marvellous Creations brings fun to the most expandable and impulsive category. It encompasses fun new flavours, new pip shapes, and a new sharing occasion.”