Third party independent certification aims to give customers peace of mind when it comes to the sustainability of specific products; from seafood, eggs and meat to palm oil and paper products.

Schemes typically cover different product areas and different impact areas and, accordingly, involve a different process towards certification. Many products sold in our stores carry ‘eco’ logos and certifications, though not all are independently verified. Recognised independent certification programmes you will find on products in Foodstuffs stores include:

• Environmental Choice tick – NZ certification covering a range of products and services 
• Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil logo – covers products containing palm oil 
• SPCA Blue Tick® – covers animal welfare for eggs and meat. 
• Fairtrade Mark – covers international Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards 
• Forestry Stewardship Council tick – covers paper products. 
• Marine Stewardship Council label – covers seafood

Further details on some of the programmes can be found below.

Environmental Choice


Environmental Choice is the official environmental label in New Zealand. The ECNZ eco-label offers strong proof of environmental performance. A large range of EC certified products are available in Foodstuffs stores, from toiletry products and paper products through to cleaners and detergents. 


Fair Trade


Carrying the Fairtrade Mark on a product gives assurance to consumers that ingredients have been sourced in line with the Fairtrade organisation’s labour and environmental standards.

To learn more about Fairtrade, visit

To read what Fairtrade banana growers have to say about Foodstuffs’ support, click here


Sustainable Tuna


Pams Products Limited is committed to the procurement and sale of sustainable canned tuna products.

It is our policy to only source products from fishing suppliers and manufacturing facilities that are committed to long-term conservation and sustainable use of fish stocks, reducing bycatch, promoting ecosystem health and ensuring social accountability.

All Pams Tuna is caught by the sustainable fishing methods of Pole & Line, and purse seine fishing that does not employ fish aggregating devices (FADs).

Only Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), universally acknowledged as the most abundant of all Tuna species, is used in our canned range.

To assist our customers to make an informed choice we include information on our label that states the catch method, species of fish and the fishing area.


Palm Oil


We want to enable customers to make an informed choice. Foodstuffs encourages all suppliers to voluntarily declare the use of palm oil in ingredient labelling. We also encourage suppliers to source palm oil from a sustainable supply.

Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd, which is responsible for our private label products (Pams, Budget and Value), is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil ( and fully endorses the philosophy of the RSPO which is to advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products. To belong to the RSPO companies need to commit to the production and use of certified sustainable palm oil – something which Foodstuffs has made a commitment to do across its private label portfolio.

Both Pams and Value food suppliers and instore bakeries use sustainably sourced palm oil certified to the RSPO Mass Balance standard.

Where palm oil is present, Pams and Budget food products are clearly labelled to ensure consumers can make an informed choice.

SPCA Blue Tick®


The SPCA Blue Tick® is the only 100% independent accreditation focused on animal welfare in New Zealand. The scheme began with eggs in 2001.

Pork products like bacon, ham and sausages were added in 2009 followed by chicken in 2011 and turkey in 2012.

Certification is only granted after confirmation that the required standards have been met by an SPCA employee or third party auditor who has been trained to the SPCA Blue Tick® standards.

Following this, the SPCA Blue Tick® will issue a 'Certificate of Approval' for the farm or site.

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