Countdown Supermarkets are to promote fresh produce from Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne growers in stores and online, to encourage customers to support those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. Growers in both areas were particularly hit hard by the cyclone, with some reporting more than two meters of silt in their orchards and soil specialists saying the way silt is removed will affect the future of growing in the regions. Countdowns Pieter de Wet says the business wants to help growers in a practical way and has a support package which includes $700,000 in cash grants, and a $50,000 donation to the Rural Support Trust.