Australian food retailer Foodland is back in the running for top New Zealand supermarket chain Woolworths after winning an appeal to the Privy Council. Foodland's attempts to buy Woolworths have been thwarted for six months as local rival Foodstuffs tried to block the deal with a series of legal challenges. With former Aldi UK md Trevor Coates at its helm, Foodland has been on the acquisition trail in recent months, snapping up a raft of Franklins stores in Australia from Dairy Farm International ­ which also owns Woolworths New Zealand. A deal would give Foodland's New Zealand arm, Progressive Enterprises, more than a third of the NZ market, which is dominated by Foodstuffs. Coates said: "If agreement can be reached the combined businesses will have a significantly improved capacity to compete with the dominant Foodstuffs Co-operatives. This is very good news for all food shoppers in New Zealand." Dairy Farm confirmed it was talking to Foodland again regarding the possible sale of Woolworths. Progressive operates 70 stores under the Foodtown, Countdown and 3 Guys fascias. It also supplies independents under the FreshChoice and SuperValue banners on a wholesale basis. {{NEWS }}