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Foodstuffs committed to transparent supplier relations

Foodstuffs North and South Islands have reiterated their commitment to transparent dealings with all suppliers.

The groups are responding to comments by Hon. Shane Jones in Parliament that an Australian supermarket is allegedly requiring guaranteed margins from local grocery suppliers.

Foodstuffs North Island managing director, Murray Jordan, says he and his South Island counterparts, are extremely proud of way in which they work with suppliers and the honourable and long-term relationships they have with them.

"We have fostered personal, strong relationships with our suppliers over a considerable number of years and are extremely proud of these associations. As a 100% New Zealand owned and operated co-operative Foodstuffs would never engage in behaviour that we consider intimidating or unfair by demanding guaranteed margins. We treat our suppliers with the respect they deserve."

Mr Jordan says Foodstuffs meets regularly with suppliers to ensure open dialogue and stages a national supplier update each year.

"The next Foodstuffs North Island national update is in a few weeks' time and we're again looking forward to engaging with our suppliers to ensure we continue to support their businesses and the needs of our customers. Our focus is on fair prices and terms for all parties and that commitment continues."

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