News and media releases

Countdown supports the Consumers Right To Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill which passed its third reading in Parliament last night.  Countdown has voluntarily provided country of origin information on single ingredient, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood since 2008, as well as all of its own brand packaged goods

Reducing its gender wage gap to 1.11 per cent and carbon emissions by 8.8 per cent, are just two of the highlights included in Countdown’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which was released today.

Christmas has come early for 21 children’s hospitals and wards across New Zealand, with the 2018 Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal raising $1.2 million for much-needed items, such as new equipment or upgraded facilities for patients.

Countdown and The Salvation Army have teamed-up for their Countdown Food Rescue Christmas Appeal, timed to help the growing number of New Zealand families in need for whom the festive season is particularly stressful.

This week, vegan visionary Funky Fields will launch its plant-based mince alternative, Minced, to New Zealand. It’s the first time a vegan option has been offered in the meat aisle at Countdown supermarkets nationwide, giving customers the chance to try the plant-based megatrend taking the world by storm.

Countdown, in partnership with WEL Networks, has today installed three charging sites at five of its Waikato supermarkets – a first for the retailer.

From today, electric vehicle (EV) users will be able to charge up their cars for free at either Countdown Hamilton, Countdown Bridge Street, Countdown Claudelands, Countdown St James and Countdown Huntly.

Kiwi millennials’ healthier lifestyles are part of a driving force towards more health products in supermarkets, creating new trends and influencing everything from snacking to alcohol, and even the butchery department.

Countdown’s dietician, Deb Sue says recent research undertaken by Countdown clearly shows that health and wellness is a megatrend that isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and that millennials are now one of the largest drivers behind the wellness surge.

Countdown has announced that all its fresh pork sold nationwide will now be 100 per cent free farmed and sourced from Canterbury.

Countdown is welcoming applications for up to 20 grants of up to $1000 each for young Kiwi gardeners, conservationists and environmental champions who want to enhance and protect Aotearoa’s environment.

To celebrate the successful phase out of single-use plastic carrier bags, Countdown has today announced the ‘Growing for Good’ grants programme, which gives primary schools throughout New Zealand the opportunity to undertake environmental initiatives and projects led by Kiwi kids.  

Countdown has analysed sales data from last year’s Labour Weekend and determined that not only are Kiwi’s popping open a bag of chips and making lots of dip, whether the sun is out or not, Labour Weekend is a psychological marker when the slow cookers are relegated to the back of the cupboard and summer fare makes its way back to our tables.