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Countdown Archives

Countdown commissions $150m fresh foods DC in Auckland

Countdown has commissioned its new $150 million Auckland Fresh Distribution Centre that will supply stores throughout th...

Countdown to remove single-use plastic produce bags from 19 stores

Countdown will remove single-use plastic produce bags from 19 supermarkets late this month.

Countdown’s new DC will tackle food waste in the supply chain

The new 11,000sqm DC will feature a refrigerated inbound tunnel, varied temperature-controlled zones, and ‘ripening room...

Grocery duopoly accused of milking excess profits from consumers

Petition argues a lack of competition in the wholesale market is stopping prospective rival retailers from setting up sh...

Cost-of-living pressures mount as Countdown owner backs wage increase

As Australia’s supermarkets continue to hold the line on food prices, Woolies’ CEO Brad Banducci noted that a “balanced”...
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Profit shock for Woolworths NZ business

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said the impact of Omicron, which was felt later in the quarter, led to supply-chain ...

Kiwis ‘not served well’ by grocery duopoly, but report reactions mixed

“The commission makes it clear the market is not working. There is muted competition between the two main companies, whi...
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Reckoning day nears for grocery retail duopoly

The final report by the Commerce Commission on its market study into New Zealand’s grocery sector will be published next...

Woolworths’ ballooning underpayments muddy a strong half

The supermarket giant revealed a relatively strong half yesterday, but an ever-worsening underpayments scandal has left...

Countdown kicks off another campaign to support RainbowYouth

Countdown is backing RainbowYouth again to help raise funds to support queer, gender-diverse and intersex young people i...

Countdown offers customers digital receipts to cut paper waste

To opt out of paper, customers must choose a setting on the MyCountdown app.
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New Zealand Food Safety investigating series of recalls across supermarkets

Lead contaminated sugar has been recalled four times in the last two months across both Countdown and Foodstuffs South I...

Countdown launches sustainable collectable bricks

Recycled plastic has been fashioned into replicas of Countdown related items - such as aisles, team members, and solar p...

Countdown owner suffers “challenging” quarter, eyes Christmas trade

Sales at Countdown rose 9.7 per cent during the quarter, while sales in Australian supermarkets rose only 3.9 per cent.

Dairies call for grocery duopoly’s wholesale, retail arms to be split

The nation’s dairy owners have urged the Commerce Commission to “think small”, arguing that their 4000-strong nationwide...
Countdown supermarkets

​​Countdown waives rent for retail tenants caught in Covid shutdowns

The supermarket chain said it will also continue rent relief for non-essential tenants as needed in Alert Level 3.

Countdown sales dip to $7.1 billion, e-commerce grows

Countdown's customer scores were also impacted by stock availability issues.

Supermarkets short on staff as lockdown extended

Countdown reports more than 1000 staff impacted by response to latest Covid outbreak, and it expects that number to rise...

Auckland’s first Green Star supermarket to open by Christmas

As a Green Star development, the supermarket has been designed, built and will operate in an environmentally conscious w...
Grocery shopping

Online grocer welcomes ‘duopoly’ finding, calls for Government support

According to the Commission’s report, New Zealand’s fringe supermarkets are unable to compete with Countdown and Foodstu...