Westgold butter is made on the West Coast. The product has been export-only since the brand was launched by parent company Westland Milk Products in 2004, but this year, it’s been rolled out to Kiwi consumers. Just as it was gaining momentum in supermarkets, the Kaikoura earthquake struck on November 4, putting a serious kink in Westgold’s supply lines. We heard more from their head of marketing, Charlotte Sullivan.
After an effort to franchise six of its eight Nosh stores, investment firm Veritas has announced it may have to close the struggling chain early next year.
Four of New Zealand’s largest supermarket retailers have vowed to take action against childhood obesity through a range of in-store and company wide initiatives. Foodstuffs, Progressive Enterprises, Moore Wilson and Co. and Binn Inn Retail Group say they will encourage healthier eating through methods like confectionery-free checkouts and private label reform.
With so much diet related information available online, The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council hopes to make food literacy simple for New Zealanders as well as tackle obesity with a new consumer-facing website.
Big-box retailers may be in an enviably strong position compared to smaller players, but it comes at a price. Business commentator Warren Head considers what it's like to own one of the giants.