We are nearly there – summer is arriving and we hope you can enjoy a well-deserved break over the festive season, after a couple of relentless years and ongoing pandemic challenges.
Times are still tough and consumers are seeking out brands that respond to their core values at an economic price. Shoppers are exploring money-saving strategies, such as cooking from scratch, but they are still keen to sample new experiences, ensure personal wellbeing and support planetary health. There is more pressure than ever on brands and manufacturers to deliver value while still meeting all these expectations.
While inflation and rising costs are beyond our control, we must focus on factors in our business that we can influence. Care for your customers, support your team, concentrate on what you do well and do it consistently. Look at waste minimisation, optimise your supply chain and explore new sustainability measures in 2023. You’ll find some inspiring sustainability stories in the latest edition of FMCG Business.
This is our last news round-up for 2022. Our team is taking a break over Christmas and our offices close on 21st December, but please look out for our social media updates and e-news returning in January, followed by the special February edition of FMCG Business, which includes our annual Leaders Forum with expert tips for the year ahead.
The New Zealand grocery industry is going to see some changes next year, with a supplier code of conduct and a grocery commissioner appointment expected. There’s a range of new regulations coming that may change how we do business in future.
We would like to thank our readers, advertisers, contributors and partner organisations for their ongoing support. Best wishes from all of us for a relaxing summer for you and your families.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Your FMCG Business team