News and media releases

Countdown will phase out single-use plastic carrier bags at a further 42 stores from 13 August, resulting in more than two million less bags entering New Zealand’s waste stream each week.

This move means that nearly a third of all Countdown supermarkets across the country will have made the change to reusable bags, including all stores in Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson and Blenheim.


Countdown has dropped the price of its Homebrand and Select sanitary products to make them more affordable for women and girls in New Zealand.

Speaking at a Parliamentary event on the issue today, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Kiri Hannifin, said that while all women will benefit from lower prices on these essential items, one of the drivers for the business in making sanitary products more affordable was to help address a real need for many women and girls in New Zealand.

Countdown is recalling ​its own brand ​Essentials Domestic Cleaner - Fresh 1.25L and Essentials Domestic Cleaner - Regular 1.25L with use by dates up to and including June 2019. The products have been sold in Countdown​, FreshChoice and SuperValue​ stores nationwide.

Countdown has today joined a group of leading New Zealand businesses who have joined forces to tackle climate change.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Kiri Hannifin, says Countdown is proud to be part of such a concerted commitment by the New Zealand business community to do more on this issue.  The businesses, from a range of industries, make up nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions.

Countdown has today announced that its in-store baked bread and rolls will now be made from more than 10,000 tonnes of milled and Canterbury-grown New Zealand wheat each year, giving the local wheat industry a much needed boost.

Nikhil Sawant, Countdown’s Head of Perishable, Deli and Bakery, says the multi-year commitment means growers can have the confidence they need to invest in their businesses after a tough few years of low wheat prices.

 From today, Countdown bakers will be baking up a storm to help more than 60,000 New Zealanders who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For every pack of lamingtons sold at Countdown until 22 July, 20 cents will be donated to Alzheimers New Zealand. Last year’s lamington appeal raised more than $15,000 to support the charity.

More than 177 tonnes of virgin plastic will no longer be imported into New Zealand each year, with Countdown moving dozens of its bakery and delicatessen items to locally sourced recycled PET (rPET) packaging.

Flight Plastics Ltd, which is New Zealand owned and operated and based in Wellington, will now be providing 19 rPET packaging products for Countdown’s in-store bakeries and delicatessen.

Natalie Davis has been announced as the new Managing Director of Woolworths New Zealand (including Countdown Supermarkets), replacing Dave Chambers who leaves the business at the end of June.

Countdown’s upgrade of its busy Greenlane store is now complete, and with an emphasis on energy efficiency the refreshed store expects to reduce its energy use by up to 40 per cent.

Countdown, Fresh Choice and SuperValue have today proudly joined a New Zealand industry pledge towards using 100 per cent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their own brands by 2025 or earlier.