Countdown has today announced it is partnering with global meat processing experts, Hilton Food Group, to set up a brand new, state of the art, meat processing plant in Otahuhu, Auckland.
News and media releases
The latest news and media releases.
Countdown appoints Scott Davidson as new General Manager Merchandise
Countdown has announced Scott Davidson’s appointment to the General Manager Merchandise role, a senior retail executive with more than 20 years experience.
Scott Davidson joins Countdown from his current role as Head of Produce for Woolworths, Australia’s largest supermarket operator. He leads a Woolworths team of 120 people and is responsible for buying, operations and quality.
Countdown to phase-out single-use plastic carrier bags by end of 2018
Today Countdown has announced that single-use plastic carrier bags will be phased-out from its stores and online shopping by the end of 2018.
In November, Countdown will announce twenty corporate responsibility and sustainability commitments out to 2020. The plastic bag target will become a key part of Countdown's broader efforts on waste minimisation, which already includes the Countdown Food Rescue programme and the target towards zero food waste.
Countdown announces new agency partners
Countdown has announced a change to its agency partners, appointing Y&R NZ as its lead brand creative agency and separating out day-to-day advertising production with a bespoke studio in partnership with Wellcom Group.
Could this be New Zealand’s cheapest, tastiest and healthiest breakfast?
Countdown’s challenge to New Zealand: can you find a cheaper, tastier and more healthy breakfast than two Wheat Biscuits and some milk?
From today, Countdown has dropped the price of its own brand Wheat Biscuits for the long term, from $5.29 to $4 per 1 kilo box of 60 biscuits, or just seven cents a biscuit. With a five Health Star Rating, Countdown Wheat Biscuits are also a source of fibre, packed with 97 per cent whole grains, making them an affordable, tasty and healthy breakfast option for all Kiwi families.
Countdown Contact Centre wins at industry awards
Countdown’s customer Contact Centre has taken out the Retail Support Services category at the annual CRM Awards held at SkyCity on 22 September and attended by top businesses from around New Zealand.
CRM is New Zealand’s Contact Centre industry body, which measures the quality of service delivered by contact centres around the country.
Soft plastic recycling now available in all Countdown South Island stores
From this month, customers across the South Island can now recycle their soft plastics while they pop in for their weekly shop at any Countdown supermarket. All 38 Countdown stores from Blenheim to Invercargill have joined the Soft Plastic Recycling Programme, including Nelson which launched today, with the rest of the South Island launching in the coming weeks.
Countdown FY17 Annual Results
Today Woolworths Group announced its earning result for FY17, including results for the New Zealand Supermarkets business which includes Countdown and the Progressive Enterprises wholesale and franchise business. The business finished the financial year with record high customer metrics and team engagement scores.
Countdown calls on Kiwis to help get sick kids home for dinner
Eight-year-old Liviela (Liv) Ulunga loves being at home sharing time with her family around the dinner table – it’s her happy place. But Liv, the face of this year’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, often misses out on this special time at home because she was born with a hole in her heart which has led to ongoing health issues. She has spent years living in and out of Kidz First Children’s Hospital receiving treatment.
The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal kicks off today and raises money for much-needed medical equipment in 11 children’s wards in hospitals across the country. Thousands of Kiwi kids visit these hospital wards each year, and this year’s Appeal aims to raise more than $1 million to help those in need.
Countdown adds The Shield to its website
Countdown is supporting a Women’s Refuge initiative that allows visitors to its website to access ‘The Shielded Site’, a portal enabling victims of family violence to safely seek help and access critical information without fear of detection.