Welcome to the March Edition of the NARGON News. Due to rising costs, your NARGON news will now be delivered to you in paper format every other month. However you can still enjoy a monthly edition of our Newsletter by reading our Bi-monthly E-News which will still include all our features including:
1. What will stores with a bakery, in-house butchery or deli need under the proposed Food Bill?
2. If a customer interacts with a store on Facebook or Twitter, how much more likely are they to shop than a customer who simply likes a page or follows an account?
3. Who was the overall winner at the 2012 NARGON Suppliers Awards?
Outstanding efforts and best business practices were acknowledged and celebrated at the annual NARGON and FMCG Supplier Awards on 15th March in Wellington.
To view the winners photos, visit the Supplier Awards facebook page by following this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nargon-Supplier-Awards-2012/115100025287192?ref=tn_tnmn
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If you believe everything you read, the proposed Food Bill currently being considered by Parliament would take away the human right to grow food, employees of Monsanto could raid marae looking for seeds, food safety inspectors would be routinely armed and have the same powers as sworn police officers, and people keeping more than seven days worth of food in their home would be labelled “food terrorists.”
This month, first-term List MP and former North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams, the Consumer Affairs spokesperson for the New Zealand First party… “Key elements of a developed economy include the quality assurance of the goods and services sold and the fairness of the rules and regulations regarding market activities. This requires ongoing vigilance from government regulators as it fills this role as a neutral 'referee' acting in the best interests of all consumers
Statistics New Zealand figures show food prices rose 0.6 percent in February 2012 and were up 1.5 percent on a year earlier.
New research by Supermarket UK shows that stores with “engaging content” on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have a “far higher impact” on consumer behaviour.
The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income (previously the Retirement Commission) has launched a free `Financial Advice Service’ for Canterbury residential red zone property owners.
With his new Ilam New World due to open in mid-November 2011, owner Phillip Blackburn lodged his application for a liquor licence with the council in July 2011.
This exchange occurred in a grocery store in Pei, Canada – at least according to www.notalwaysright.com:
(We are a very small store, and only have one entrance/exit door. A visitor from a larger city is standing in the middle of the store, looking lost.)
Me: “Hello, sir. Can I help you with anything?”
Customer: “Yes. Where is your exit?”
Me: “Our exit?”
Customer: “Yes, I came in that door, but I can’t find your exit.”
Me: “We only have one door.”
Customer: “One door? How strange!”
Answers to questions at top of page.
1. A Food Control Plan.
2. Twice as likely.
3. Coca Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd
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