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Countdown has today joined a group of leading New Zealand businesses who have joined forces to tackle climate change.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Kiri Hannifin, says Countdown is proud to be part of such a concerted commitment by the New Zealand business community to do more on this issue.  The businesses, from a range of industries, make up nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions.

Countdown has today announced that its in-store baked bread and rolls will now be made from more than 10,000 tonnes of milled and Canterbury-grown New Zealand wheat each year, giving the local wheat industry a much needed boost.

Nikhil Sawant, Countdown’s Head of Perishable, Deli and Bakery, says the multi-year commitment means growers can have the confidence they need to invest in their businesses after a tough few years of low wheat prices.

 From today, Countdown bakers will be baking up a storm to help more than 60,000 New Zealanders who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For every pack of lamingtons sold at Countdown until 22 July, 20 cents will be donated to Alzheimers New Zealand. Last year’s lamington appeal raised more than $15,000 to support the charity.

More than 177 tonnes of virgin plastic will no longer be imported into New Zealand each year, with Countdown moving dozens of its bakery and delicatessen items to locally sourced recycled PET (rPET) packaging.

Flight Plastics Ltd, which is New Zealand owned and operated and based in Wellington, will now be providing 19 rPET packaging products for Countdown’s in-store bakeries and delicatessen.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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 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.