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“Across our business we work extremely hard with our suppliers and our team of 20,000 Kiwis to serve customers in our supermarkets and online shopping, and we recognise the role we play to help provide food and other groceries across Aotearoa.

“We hadn’t seen the draft report ourselves ahead of its release today, so we will now take the time to read it so we can provide our feedback within the required timeframe. We note this is only a draft report but on face value some of the options would have significant implications and we’ll need time to work this through and understand the impact.

“We’re proud to partner with 1400 suppliers, including 120 produce growers and 900 small suppliers, and having good relationships is incredibly important to us.

“We appreciate that many Kiwis will have strong thoughts and feelings about the report and would ask that they keep it kind when shopping in our stores and treat our teams with respect.


Countdown has announced a brand new Metro store for Wānaka with a focus on making online shopping even easier in this growing community. Doors to the 140sqm store are expected to open before Christmas 2021, with preliminary works already underway on the Ardmore Street site.

Countdown has today launched Kete, a brand-new business accelerator programme that represents more than $1 million of investment into the future of small businesses in Aotearoa.

Countdown is recalling their Countdown branded Potato Egg and Bacon prepack Salad with a use by date of 13 JUL 21, due to the potential presence of listeria bacteria following routine testing.

Despite huge numbers of families struggling to make ends meet, communities across the country have taken action on food poverty in greater numbers than ever before with New Zealand's only online foodbank seeing a record breaking 500 percent increase in donations over the past year. But it’s still not enough.

Countdown’s greenest store yet, the brand new Countdown Richmond, is now open with future-focused and planet-friendly features that will be music to the ears of Richmond, Stoke and Nelson locals.

After nearly a year of construction, the first customers were welcomed into Countdown’s brand new Gisborne store this morning, officially opened by Mayor Rehette Stoltz and Countdown’s longest serving Gisborne team member, Dianne Harkess.

Countdown’s new Compass and Replenishment Reporting is now live, with a focus on providing even more meaningful, real-time sales data for supply partners.

Today five Countdown stores across Auckland and Wellington have opened their doors with only cage-free eggs on the shelf for customers.

Hundreds of Aotearoa’s youngest environmentalists, gardeners and conservation heroes will be kicking off sustainability projects this term thanks to $75,000 of Countdown Growing for Good grants, awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.