Wednesday, 20 December 2023 11:00

Tough times

Written by  The Hound

OPINION: The Hound reckons that Rob “I’ll be chair, I don’t care where”’ Hewett will be looking forward to the Christmas break more than most – despite being named chair of the year at a recent business awards ceremony.

That’s because the two farmer co-ops Hewett chairs have both recently reported losses for the past year.

Silver Fern Farms posted a massive loss of $98 million and the struggling Farmlands a $700k loss.

For the self-confessed big ‘Jacinda fan’ and supposed top-notch businessman this is a pretty poor record.

Meanwhile, it seems the trouble at Farmlands is not just around its poor bottom-line performance but the co-op’s whole business model.

Shareholders, suppliers and customers seem very upset with the direction and ‘reconfiguring’ the business. ‘Chairman Rob’ also has the ongoing disaster that is Wool Impact, which seems to have done bugger all.

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