News and media releases

Countdown has today announced that Managing Director Natalie Davis will leave the New Zealand business at the end of September, taking up a new role as Managing Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia in October. Her new role will lead Woolworths 995 Australian supermarkets and 115,000 store team members.

Next time you visit your local Countdown supermarket, don’t be surprised to see a giant wētā named Āwhina popping out to say “kia ora” as part of Countdown’s new Super Insects programme.

Countdown has confirmed that following a comprehensive investigation, mice are the likely cause of damaged baby food packaging, and has issued a nationwide recall of impacted brands of baby food pouches sold in Countdown, SuperValue and Fresh Choice stores as a precaution.

From Monday, none of Countdown’s in-store baked goods will contain artificial colours or flavours after a three-year project to eradicate nasties. 

More than 60 products have been changed in a move Countdown says was sparked by Kiwis’ growing demand for more natural products and a desire to know what’s in their food.

Countdown has today announced plans for a new, updated store in Gisborne, which is expected to be open for locals to enjoy from mid-2021. 

The new, 3,876 sqm store, which will replace the existing Countdown Gisborne, will have an in-store pharmacy, a dedicated online Pick up area and will provide a vibrant and updated Countdown supermarket for the local community.

Countdown has announced a new dedicated eStore for Grenada North, Wellington, to help service the significant and growing demand it is seeing for online shopping delivery in the region.

Countdown has this week launched grocery shopping directly from its myCountdown app across the country, the first time Kiwis nationwide can shop seamlessly from a mobile app, anytime and anywhere they like.

Countdown, Z Energy, The Warehouse Group, and Foodstuffs have signed the ‘NZ Retailers Against Racism Pledge’ to signal their ongoing commitment to proactively addressing racism and other forms of abuse their teams might experience in their place of work. 

Countdown will soon have soft plastics recycling available in more of its North Island stores, and is encouraging customers to get back into the habit of bringing their own containers this Plastic Free July after a temporary hiatus over lockdown.