Today’s earthquake in Christchurch continues to disrupt operations at several Countdown supermarkets.
Foodstuffs can confirm that both our South Island distribution centres at Hornby and Papanui are open and appear to have suffered little damage.
The tight-knit community of Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Village – supporting a permanent population of just 120 people – has joined forces in recent weeks to raise over $6500 for earthquake disaster victims.
Alan Malcolmson, general manager – Retail Operations Foodstuffs South Island has issued the following statement:
Foodstuffs South Island is deeply saddened to advise, that due to the severity of the damage from the second earthquake on 22 February, our New World stores at Redcliffs and St Martins will not be re-opening.
Dairy company Fonterra has installed five large stainless steel milk vats to improve water supply to Christchurch while the city is recovering from the disastrous earthquake. The vats will be located so that they can improve water distribution in areas where the water supply infrastructure has been knocked out by the ‘quake.
Mediaweb, publisher of foodnews, extends sympathy to all those affected by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch. We share your grief.
Foodstuffs South Island is pleased to confirm that the majority of our supermarkets are now open. In addition, shipments of essential food and water, as well as stores’ everyday ranges, are flowing freely through delivery channels and into the distribution centres and supermarkets.
Greig McGill, Secretary, Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) Inc
I’m sure we’re all far too busy worrying about our friends and loved ones in Christchurch to be thinking much about beer right now, but for many of us, the wonderful brewers, publicans, and SOBA people in Christchurch are our friends.
To all of our Canterbury Farmers’ Markets …
Within just two days after the earthquake, NZ Food & Grocery Council ceo Katherine Rich issued the following update:
FGC continues to brief Hon Paula Bennett, who has been charged by Cabinet to oversee food coordination and government officials on the wider food industry’s response.
Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said it was re-opening more sites in Christchurch and continual fuel deliveries to the city were being made via a fleet of trucks from Timaru.