18/08 Media statement regarding COVID-19 Alert Level 4

Attribute to Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability.

We’re really proud of the way our team has dealt with the increased demand we’ve seen in stores over the last 24 hours. Already this morning, our produce buyers have purchased an extra 2000 crates of fresh fruit and veges to not only boost our fresh produce supply, but also help out growers who would have normally been selling to hospitality businesses and ensure food doesn’t go to waste.

There will be a few gaps on shelves, but our store and supply chain teams are working to quickly reorder and restock what is needed and we’ve had huge support from our transport carriers and suppliers to help get food around the country quickly for our customers. Our limit of six on some products in our Auckland and Coromandel stores will remain in place and includes: toilet paper, flour, bags of rice, dry pasta, UHT milk, frozen vegetables, baby formula, pet food. We’ll monitor stock levels around the country and will make changes to limits if we need to.

For those who are the nominated shopper for their bubble, we’d remind them to keep scanning in, wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and only buy what you need. Our stores are well aware of what we need to do to keep everyone safe, and we’re here to help again.

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