Factors determining the future of Katikati Fruitpackers Co-operative Ltd. (Katipak) into the new millenium
This project was undertaken with the aim of analysing the kiwifruit industry, putting it's historical and political events into order and from there drawing a definitive conclusion as to how the industry will evolve and what part a co-operative the size of Katikati Fruitpackers Co-operative Ltd. will play in the future of the industry. From historical research it became apparent that the growers of the kiwifruit were never the people in control of the sale of the kiwifruit. Originally the sellers were independent fruit and produce exporters, all creating on-shore competition and wanting a percentage of total sales but ratcheting down export prices to gain market share in the form of volume. In an effort to counter this growers demanded the industry evolve by becoming a marketing -Authority to control the number and powers of the exporters. What became clear was that a subtle change in the personnel of the Authority lead to it becoming controlled by the packhouse operators who then became the strongest lobbying group in the industry. Control of the industry had been hijacked away from growers contrary to their own intentions. The transformation of the Authority into a single desk marketing Board, dispensing with the private exporters, was a short lived attempt to regain control until the directorship again came under the influence of the post harvest sector. Perpetuating this loss of grower control by fixing the voting system for the new supposed grower organisation, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. the post harvest operators dominance has been further cemented in place. To determine the future for Katipak it has been necessary to define the development of the industry, the current trading and the political environment with regard to kiwifruit.... [Show full abstract]
Fields of Research0706 Horticultural Production; 140209 Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation; 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
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