News and media releases

The latest news and media releases.

Countdown stores nationwide will celebrate ugly fruit and veges with the launch of The Odd Bunch, a new initiative designed to help cut food waste, take more produce from growers, and make healthy food more affordable for customers.

In the first initiative of its kind in New Zealand, The Odd Bunch makes the ‘ugly’ produce that may not have typically made it to supermarket shelves, due to small imperfections or cosmetic damage, available to customers at a reduced price. Customers who don’t mind a few hail spots on their fruit, or misshapen but still nutritious vegetables, will find the cheaper produce in clearly identifiable and recyclable packaging within Countdown’s produce range.

Whilst some people might be a little bemused to see Easter treats in their local supermarket already, thousands of hot cross buns have already flown off the shelves this January.

Countdown’s much anticipated new Aotea in Porirua store has been officially opened today by Mayor Mike Tana, bringing with it 57 new jobs for the local community.

As the heat begins to soar around the country, New Zealanders begin stocking up on the summer essentials; sunscreen, insect repellent, ice cream, and sausages. Countdown stores have been getting ready for months to prepare for the summer rush after Christmas.

Countdown and IAG’s CGU Insurance have collaborated to donate around $400,000 worth of food and grocery products to the Kaikoura District Council.

It’s New Zealand’s favourite summer fruit and for a few short weeks over the festive season, strawberry sales knock bananas from their perch as Countdown’s most popular produce item. Countdown anticipates customers will devour their way through 67 rugby fields of strawberries, but they’re not the only food Kiwis will be indulging in this Christmas Day.

Countdown continues to make healthy eating more accessible with the launch of nutritional information on almost 10,000 products on their online shopping website. The new nutritional information is aimed at helping Kiwis’ make informed nutritional decisions when shopping online, and Countdown intend to continue to introduce it to more products over the coming months.

Today marks the opening of Countdown’s new look Mt Eden store, which is now 1350sqm larger with more parking, and new specially designed trolleys with coffee cup holders for customers to enjoy a coffee while they shop.

Kiwis no longer need to worry about the expiry date on their Countdown gift cards or Christmas Club vouchers.  Countdown has removed expiry dates from its gift cards or vouchers purchased in the last year, and all new cards and vouchers purchased will remain valid until the value is spent.

Countdown’s Food Rescue partners can now apply for a slice of up to $100,000 to support their growth and help build capacity in the food rescue sector.

Countdown’s Food Rescue programme donates around $3.5 million of surplus food to foodbanks and food rescue groups, which would otherwise go to landfill.  An additional $1.2 million of food that is not suitable for people to eat is donated to farmers to help feed their animals.