News and media releases

The latest news and media releases.

A combination of heavy customer demand and international shipping delays have seen Countdown announce a one week extension to the redemption period for its popular glass container programme.

Resource consent has been granted for Countdown’s latest Metro store in Herne Bay, Auckland.

Nestled in the heart of Herne Bay on the corner of Kelmarna Ave and Jervois Rd, the new 1600m2 Metro store will provide an exciting new shopping experience for the local Herne Bay community.

Last December, Countdown provided Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to all of its 183 supermarkets across New Zealand with little idea that four Kiwi families would be able to see their loved ones again as a result.

Countdown is recalling Macro Almond, Brazil and Cashew Spread 250g due to the presence of an undeclared allergen, peanuts. 

After an unprecedented year, most of us are looking forward to 2020 being a distant memory.  Despite this - or because of it - new research from Countdown identifies that Kiwis are getting into the festive spirit early, and only a few of us are feeling worried about the potential of a Christmas lockdown.

Countdown is enlisting the services of Santa Claus to help raise $100,000 to support families in need this Christmas.

From today, as part of its Merry Moments fundraising drive for The Salvation Army, Countdown is asking Kiwis to take a selfie with its augmented reality Santa and post the merry moment on social media. For every Santa snap shared, Countdown will donate $5 to The Salvation Army to support thousands of families in need of food assistance.

Countdown is today celebrating last night’s NZ CIO awards, with Sally Copland, General Manager Brand and CountdownX, and currently Acting Managing Director, named New Zealand CIO of the Year. 

Countdown has announced it will revolutionise its business to help meet ambitious new sustainability goals it has set to achieve by 2025, which include sending zero food waste to landfill across its 183 supermarkets, having 20 per cent Māori and Pasifika representation at store manager level and above, and reducing its emissions by 63 per cent from a 2015 baseline.

In a first for Countdown, its brand new glassware containers collectable programme will be run entirely digitally, to save more than 80 million paper stamps from being printed and ultimately thrown away.

With a key focus on reducing waste this summer, Countdown will be giving away thousands of top-quality glassware containers which can be used for baking, freezing, re-heating, serving and storage, helping to reduce food waste at home.

Countdown is delighted to announce that the famous Guide biscuits are returning to shelves near you.