As part of our study we looked 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.

On 24 September 2021, the Government extended the timeframe for the market study.

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

We have engaged with and gathered information from a wide range of stakeholders, including retailers, suppliers and consumers. Information relating to the study, including our draft report, external reports we commissioned for the study, submissions, and transcripts from our consultation conference, are available through the links below.

We published our final report on 8 March 2022. We found that competition is not working well for consumers in the retail grocery sector and recommended a suite of changes to increase competition and help improve the price, quality and range of groceries and services available to New Zealanders.


Media briefing live stream

We held a media briefing on our Market study into the retail grocery sector final report on Tuesday 8 March which was publicly available through live stream.

To watch the presentation click on the link below.

Watch the presentation

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

  • 08 Mar 2022
  • 23 Dec 2021

    Completed

    Frontier Economics – Response to HoustonKemp comments

    See documents

  • 23 Nov 2021
  • 09 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Grocery market study process update on post-conference submissions

    See documents

  • 09 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Transcripts from the consultation conference

    See documents

  • 09 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Frontier Economics – Response to HoustonKemp Report

    See documents

  • 09 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Material provided by stakeholders during the conference

    See documents

  • 02 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Final day

  • 01 Nov 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Update on Session 10

    See documents

  • 29 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Further detail on Sessions 9 and 10

    See documents

  • 26 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Further detail on Session 8

    See documents

  • 22 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Further detail on Sessions 5 to 7

    See documents

  • 21 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Day 1

  • 20 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Further detail on Session 4

    See documents

  • 19 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Further detail on Sessions 1 to 3

    See documents

  • 18 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Consultation conference – Format and registration

    See documents

  • 15 Oct 2021

    Completed

    RSVPs for consultation conference due

  • 12 Oct 2021
  • 06 Oct 2021

    Completed

    Expressions of interest for consultation conference due

  • 01 Oct 2021
  • 26 Aug 2021
  • 29 Jul 2021
  • 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 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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