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Woolworths lifting NZ sourcing: chairman

Woolworths’ chairman has disputed suggestions the company is blacklisting New Zealand products from its Australian supermarkets, saying they’re actually lifting the value of their NZ sourcing.

Australia’s two big supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles, have been removing New Zealand-made products from their house brands as part of a vigorous Buy Australia campaign.

But, in a letter to the editor in the New Zealand Herald on Friday, Woolworths chairman Ralph Waters says there’s been no recent change in the approach Woolworths takes to sourcing product.