Story: Large companies

More beer, fewer firms

The brewing industry is an excellent example of what happened to many industries over the 20th century in New Zealand. As transport improved small firms and factories in small towns closed and larger firms and factories began to serve a national market. While beer production went up, fewer and fewer (but larger) firms were producing it. Note: a gallon equals around 4.55 litres.

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Source: S. R. H. Jones and D. R. Paul, Concentration and regulation in the New Zealand brewing industry, 18701970. Auckland: University of Auckland, Dept. of Economics, 1987

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Gary Hawke, 'Large companies - Finance, transport and ownership, 19th and 20th centuries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/25954/more-beer-fewer-firms (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by Gary Hawke, published 11 Mar 2010