Grocery Industry Stalwart Peter Mitchell Passes Away

Peter Mitchell receiving FGC’s Lifetime Achiever Award with youngest daughter Caitlan Mitchell.
Peter Mitchell receiving Lifetime Achiever Award with youngest daughter Caitlan Mitchell.

Peter Mitchell, publisher and grocery industry stalwart, passed away on Monday 30th May 2022.

Under the ownership of Peter Mitchell, the company, Review Publishing and its stable of magazines grew from strength to strength cementing its publications’ position in each of its respected industries. This included that of the grocery industry leader, SupermarketNews magazine. In recent years, under the stewardship of Tania Walters and other members of Peter’s family, has continued to establish itself as an authority on all things grocery, expanding its reach with its print and digital offerings. 

Throughout his career, Peter gained many industry accolades including being the only person to be the recipient of two FGC Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was a well-respected, heavily involved member of the grocery community and made everyone feel like they had a seat at the table. 

Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich offered condolences to Peter’s family. 

“We have worked closely with Peter’s wife, Tania, and daughter Sarah over the years, and we are thinking of them at this time,” said Rich.

“The grocery industry has a penchant for attracting extremely passionate and fascinating characters, and Peter fitted both descriptions. He lived and breathed groceries and never left you wondering what he thought, which is how we like it.” 

A camera or notepad always at hand, Peter ensured that no stone was left unturned and no story was left untold. A fair and honest reporter of industry events and happenings, even if it meant revealing some of the industry’s darkest corners, Peter was passionate about the industry and its people. 

His legacy lives on today with several family members involved in the business and at the helm of SupermarketNews. 

He will be dearly missed, and he leaves a legacy and body of work to be proud of.

His funeral will be held on Friday 3rd June, at All Saints Chapel, Purewa Cemetery in Auckland at 2pm.