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New HSR system a positive move

The Government’s decision to pick up Australia’s voluntary front-of-pack Health Star Rating system was a positive move and was heralded as such from both inside and outside the industry, says Katherine Rich, CEO of the NZ Food & Grocery Council, in her monthly column in FMCG Business magazine.

Honey products by Mother Earth

With a splash of colour, distinctive packaging, and a range of versatile products, Mother Earth is sweetening the honey aisle in supermarkets with their new honey range made by New Zealand bees.

ECNZ award for innovation

Cottonsoft is celebrating. Following the recent expansion of its Dunedin manufacturing facility and having earned the ECNZ (Environmental Choice New Zealand) ecolabel in 2013 after a rigorous auditing process, the toilet tissue and paper towel manufacturer has now been named the 2014 winner of the annual ECNZ innovation award.

Griffin’s sold for big bikkies

In a statement issued this week, Griffin’s Foods Limited said it “is pleased to announce the sale of the company from funds advised by Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) to Universal Robina Corporation (URC) for NZ$700 million subject to Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval.”

Carrefour expands

Carrefour is purchasing convenience stores operating in France under the Dia brand, to expand its small-format reach within its home market. The Dia France takeover was agreed at a cost of about NZ$820 million.

Growing through the roof

A Whole Foods Market store in New York has added a large climate-controlled farm on its roof, courtesy of local provider Gotham Greens. The hydroponic greenhouse needs no soil to grow high-quality vegetables year-round.

Coles plans upgrades in Australia

Coles, one of the biggest supermarket chains in Australia, is planning various upgrades. Recently appointed Coles MD John Durkan pledged at a Wesfarmers strategy briefing to focus on improving the customer offer and in-store experience.

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