Countdown changing to Woolworths is already giving us a trolley load to get excited about!
After what feels like forever of being absolutely appalled at the price of fresh produce and dairy, Countdown (soon to be Woolworths) has finally relented.
Woolworths NZ have revealed fresh veggies, bread and dairy products are all joining the supermarket's new 'Low Price' programme.
We're looking at Essentials white or wheatmeal bread for $1.25, 500g of Countdown butter for $4.90, And a 1kg block of Countdown Everyday cheese for $10.
Of course, these sorts of prices have existed at places like Pak'n'Save and local shops before, but those aren't always the most convenient options for everyone.
However, eating healthy on a budget might get a little bit easier to manage with 4kg of pre-packed white potatoes for $10, broccoli for $2.50 each, and 1.5kg of pre-packed brown onions for $3.80
Spencer Sonn, Managing Director of Woolworths said: "As Countdown changes to Woolworths we promise better, easier ways for our customers to find value when they shop with us. This is what our customers said they wanted, better prices on everyday items, and we have listened."
"WE KNOW THE COST OF LIVING IS TOUGH FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU CAN SAVE MORE MONEY AND FIND EVEN BETTER VALUE WHEN YOU SHOP WITH US IN-STORE OR ONLINE."
The announcement comes after suppliers to Aotearoa’s biggest supermarket chains came out earlier this year and said consumers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to grocery prices.
Foodstuffs (who own New World and Pak ‘N’ Save) and Countdown (Woolworths) are doubling the prices of some products they buy off their suppliers.
Forty-six different suppliers that deal with the companies say they have no power in negotiations and that every day consumers are “getting screwed”.
“It’s not even a negotiation,” one supplier told Newshub. “You’re either coming in at their terms, or you’re not coming in.”
However, Countdown are now saying they are doing everything they can to keep their products cheap.
“Our absolute priority remains making sure the food on our shelves is as affordable as possible for our customers,” they told Newshub at the time.
We'll have to see if this makes any difference to our receipts when it comes to doing our weekly shop.