The demise of Westland as a cooperative contains a lesson for all business, says Roz Henry, the new Cooperative Business NZ chief executive.
On July 4 Westland supplier shareholders meet to vote on Yili’s offer of $3.41/share.
The co-op’s largest shareholder, Southern pastures is abstaining from the vote. State-owned farmer PAMU, also a Westland supplier, hasn’t made up its mind yet on how it will vote.
Also reports of a big bonus to executives should the Yili deal go through is causing concern among some shareholders.
What seemed like a straight forward vote a couple of months ago is now looking slightly shaky.