The symbol has been on the road briefing retail members on the changes that will come as part of the new supply agreement, including the potential for Costcutter retailers to become Co-op franchisees.
Changes in the pipeline include the phasing out of Costcutter’s own-label range, to be substituted for The Co-op’s 2,000 SKU own-label range. The symbol also reckons the supply deal will provide retailers with a “major opportunity” to grow their fresh and food-to-go offer.
Costcutter chief executive Darcy Willson-Rymer also told journalists in a briefing last month that the new deal will put any supply issues to bed.
Prior to its collapse, Palmer & Harvey was a main supplier for Costcutter stores.