Natalie Davis has been announced as the new Managing Director of Woolworths New Zealand (including Countdown Supermarkets), replacing Dave Chambers who leaves the business at the end of June.
News and media releases
The latest news and media releases.
Countdown Greenlane Now Even Greener
Countdown’s upgrade of its busy Greenlane store is now complete, and with an emphasis on energy efficiency the refreshed store expects to reduce its energy use by up to 40 per cent.
Countdown announces it will phase out plastic straws this year and move towards 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier
Countdown, Fresh Choice and SuperValue have today proudly joined a New Zealand industry pledge towards using 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their own brands by 2025 or earlier.
It’s all good… Countdown announces it will replace black reusable bag for free when it wears out
To celebrate its first ten stores phasing out single-use plastic carrier bags at checkouts today, Countdown has launched its Bag for Good programme, where for $1 customers may never need to buy another reusable bag.
Countdown's first ten stores to phase out single-use plastic carrier bags
Ten communities around New Zealand will help drive change for the rest of the country, with the first of Countdown’s stores to remove single-use plastic carrier bags from 21 May.
Countdown awards $150,000 to Food Rescue charity partners around New Zealand
Countdown has today announced the recipients of its $150,000 Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund, the second year this funding has been made available, and a $30,000 increase versus last year.
The contestable fund was established in late 2016 in response to feedback from food rescue charities that there is little financial assistance available to help the sector grow and thrive.
Kiwis last minute Easter shopping habits includes tonnes of chocolate and hot cross buns
Countdown expects Kiwis to munch their way through more than 530 tonnes of Easter confectionery this holiday, that’s the equivalent of three empty Boeing 747’s. They are also anticipating Kiwis to get more than 13 million individual hot cross buns.
Countdown goes plastic bag free at Whangarei checkouts today to celebrate partnership with Kelly Tarlton’s Turtle Rescue
Countdown’s three Whangarei stores have gone plastic bag free at the checkout and online for the day and will be giving away free reusable bags in celebration of today’s release of two endangered marine turtles off the Whangarei coast, part of Countdown’s new partnership with Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Turtle Rehabilitation Programme, New Zealand’s only turtle rescue and recovery service.
Dave Chambers, Countdown Managing Director, to step down in June
Dave has been with Countdown and Progressive Enterprises for 39 years in total, and has been Managing Director on two occasions, once between July 2011 and February 2015, and then again from Feb 2016. He also spent a year as Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia.
Countdown gains White Ribbon Accreditation
Countdown is proud to have gained accreditation from White Ribbon for its ongoing work to support team and family members impacted by family violence.
To acknowledge the accreditation and to support the great work that both White Ribbon and Shine NZ does in the area of domestic and family violence, Countdown is donating $2,500 to White Ribbon and $2,500 to Shine NZ as part of Light It Orange awareness week (3 to 9 March), which aims to shine a light on domestic violence.