In ordering the study, the Government asked the Commission to look at a range of things including:

  • how retailers deal with their suppliers such as manufacturers, producers, farmers and growers
  • competition at the supplier level of the grocery market
  • who consumers buy groceries from and who supplies those retailers
  • competition between retailers when selling groceries to consumers
  • what retailers charge consumers for groceries and how they decide on their prices, as well as the associated levels of service, product ranges and quality of groceries.

The full terms of reference for the study can be found here.

Outcomes of the Commission’s work may range from a ‘clean bill of health’ for the sector to recommendations to industry and/or the Government for changes to make competition in the market work better.

The Commission is due to release its draft report for consultation in mid-2021 and a final report to Government by 23 November 2021.


Supplier and consumer surveys

On 4 March 2021 the Commission released surveys for suppliers of grocery stores and consumers to help build a detailed picture of how competition is working at different levels of the grocery sector.

The surveys have now closed. We would like to thank everyone who took part, the feedback was both valuable and important to informing our study and will contribute to our draft report.

The Commission has also released factsheets with more information for consumers and suppliers. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the factsheets and download.

  • Supplier factsheet

  • Consumer factsheet


Preliminary Issues Paper

On 10 December 2020, we released our Preliminary Issues paper. The paper outlines the preliminary issues we may explore and the proposed scope for the study.

Timeframes for submissions and comments on submissions have now passed. The paper and submissions received on it can be downloaded from the ‘Documents’ tab below.

Anyone with further questions is welcome to contact us on marketstudies@comcom.govt.nz.


How the Commission conducts the study

We are gathering information from a range of stakeholders including grocery retailers, suppliers, farmers, growers, wholesalers, importers, consumer organisations, consumers, and potential new competitors.

Our market study guidelines describe our general processes to all market studies, including our approach to confidential information and our information gathering powers.


Confidential information

We understand that some of the information stakeholders may want to share with us could be commercially sensitive and highly confidential. Anyone who has information relevant to the study can ask us to keep their identity and/or the information provided confidential and we can discuss any available protections with them.

If confidentiality is a concern, it should be raised when people first contact us so we can discuss their concerns as early as possible.

Further information about how we handle confidential information is covered in the following factsheet.


Contact us

We will be seeking feedback from interested stakeholders throughout the study.

Keep up to date with the study by subscribing to our mailing list.

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If you need to contact the market studies team, please email marketstudies@comcom.govt.nz


More information

Information relating to the study, including our Statement of Process paper, Preliminary Issues paper, submissions, media releases, our draft report, and a timeline for our current and planned consultation steps will be available through the links below.

Note: Dates shown below are indicative only and subject to change. A further update on planned dates for release of the Draft report will be provided closer to its release.

This view shows the latest stage in the project. Click on the circled dates to see details. Navigate to other months, or scroll down, to see all stages.

Note: these dates are indicative only and are subject to change.

  • 23 Nov 2021

    Final report published

  • 30 Jul 2021

    [TBC] Draft report published

  • 12 Apr 2021

    Completed

    Comments on submissions received in response to Preliminary issues paper

    See documents

  • 25 Mar 2021

    Completed

    Surveys close

  • 11 Mar 2021
  • 04 Feb 2021

    Completed

    Submissions on Preliminary Issues paper

    See documents

  • 10 Dec 2020
  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 17 Nov 2020

    Completed

    Terms of reference published in the gazette

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