Members Media release
- April 17, 2020

PF members applauded for COVID-19 lockdown efforts

As the COVID-19 lockdown enters its third week we would like to applaud our members who are doing their part in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
14 April 2020

The lockdown has put unprecedented pressure some of our members with many unable to operate and others having to ramp up production or adapt their processes.

Watties, for example, have set new production records with employees its factories in Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Auckland working like never before to keep up with demand for essentials. This while adhering to strict protocols mandated by MPI and enacted by the business to keep staff safe.

Countdown launched an initiative to ensure home deliveries were prioritised for vulnerable people. This was done alongside an increase in home delivery capacity as demand for the service surged.

Foodstuffs have also worked hard to help older and vulnerable customers, with New World and Student Volunteer Army having added Auckland to a growing list of communities with access to a contactless grocery delivery service.

Across the ditch Detmol Group have prepared to employ up to 160 extra staff to produce millions of respirator and surgical masks for the South Australian and Federal Governments, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

O-I New Zealand has been quick to assist Hamilton’s Good George brewing company, who have switched their production to hand sanitiser. O-I New Zealand has created the packaging for their sanitiser – a recycled version of their existing 946mL Squealer glass bottle.