The purpose of the study is to consider and evaluate whether competition in the retail grocery market is promoting outcomes that benefit New Zealand consumers over the long term. The study is focused on the supply of groceries consumed by retail customers.

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

We will publish our draft report around July 2021 for consultation and our final report by 23 November 2021. These findings will be made publicly available and may include recommendations that identify ways to improve outcomes in the retail grocery market for New Zealand consumers.

During our study, we will engage with and gather evidence from a wide range of stakeholders, including the major and independent grocery retailers (large and small), wholesalers, distributors, suppliers, consumer bodies, consumers, government departments and other interested parties or market participants.

Our market study guidelines, which describe our general processes and approach to all market studies, can be found here.

Information relating to the retail grocery 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.

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

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If you need to contact the market studies team please email

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

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

  • 23 Nov 2021

    Final report published

  • 30 Jul 2021

    [TBC] Draft report published

  • 18 Dec 2020

    [TBC] Preliminary Issues paper published

  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 19 Nov 2020
  • 17 Nov 2020


    Terms of reference published in the gazette

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