16 December 2002
KFC fastfood chain owner Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd will switch chicken suppliers in 2004, from the Tegel division of HJ Heinz to Inghams. “We currently spend about $40 million a year on chicken and changing suppliers will reduce the company’s costs by $5 million-plus each year for the 7-year term of the new contract,” chief executive Jim Collier said. Inghams will expand operations in Mt Maunganui, Te Aroha & Cambridge. As well as a price advantage, Inghams will offer advanced technology & product innovation.
The Auckland Regional Council takes delivery this week of the 1st of the 10 refurbished trains which will be the basis of the regional passenger train service. The council also decided to add 2 trains to the interim fleet by mid-2003, 4 between August 2003 & March 2004 and 4 more in the 2005 financial year. The initial 2 SX trains will be on charter from Tranz Rail, at a total $3.2 million over 4 years.