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Parkvale dairy cooperative, 1904

Parkvale dairy cooperative, 1904

Workers stand outside the Parkvale Co-operative Dairy Company in the Wairarapa in 1904. The number of New Zealand dairy factories peaked at about 600 in 1920 – about 85% of which were cooperatives. From then on more efficient transport and economies of scale in processing led to larger factories (and cooperatives) and the closure of smaller ones.

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Gary Hawke, 'Large companies - Large companies in the 1800s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Gary Hawke, published 11 Mar 2010