News and media releases

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 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.

Countdown is one of the largest employers in the country and is very serious about providing a supportive and safe workplace for its 18,400 strong team.  With so many Kiwis affected with mental health, Countdown has introduced mental health training and opened a 24 hour phone-line to ensure they are offering their team the support they need. 

A 100 Countdown team members will have undertaken extensive training by the end of this month across its stores, logistics, support office and senior management to assist them in understanding the signs of mental illness and how to approach and talk to team members who may be impacted.  

Every one of Countdown’s 180 supermarkets will be single-use plastic carrier bag free from 15 October - two and a half months ahead of schedule.

The announcement comes on the same day 67 further stores, including all Countdown’s South Island supermarkets, phase out single-use plastic carrier bags. The remaining 26 stores will make the move to reusable bags on Monday, 15 October. 

Countdown supermarkets nationwide are encouraging customers to donate much-needed pet food to a new SPCA Community Pet Pantry initiative, which will help SPCA feed animals in need.

The designated SPCA Community Pet Pantry collection bins are located near the front of Countdown stores, and welcome donations of pet food tins, pouches and dried food. Donations are then collected by the local SPCA and given to inspectors to distribute where it is needed most.

Eighty-five per cent of all Countdown supermarkets, including all South Island stores, will have phased out single-use plastic carrier bags from early next month, with a further 67 stores being added to the roll-out on 8 October.

The further stores are located throughout New Zealand and include the country’s third largest city Christchurch, which will have 15 stores making the change in the same week. All Countdown stores in Ashburton, Napier, Hastings, the Waikato region, Auckland’s North Shore and Timaru will also make the move away from plastic on 8 October.