From the CEO

Welcome to the final edition of The Farmlander for 2018. Our co-operative has had a positive year, emphasised by our annual result announcement last month.

While our performance will be discussed later in this issue, at this time of year it is appropriate to focus on the people that contributed to this result. That is of our course our shareholders, our staff, our partners and our communities. We could not have achieved what we have throughout the year without the effort and involvement of all of these stakeholders. We are appreciative of your support of your co-operative.

There is a sense of belonging that comes with being a member of a co-operative. We create a virtuous circle for our members – the better the solutions we provide, the more they spend with us, the better outcomes we get from our partners and the greater the benefits our shareholders receive. The Bonus Rebate distribution of $6.1 million is a demonstration of this.

We are all in this together. I was reminded of this recently at a Regional Muster event in South Canterbury, where I met a shareholder named Allan Andrews. He has written a book – 70 Years On – about the farming legacy of the Andrews family since his grandfather’s arrival in Glenavy in 1898.

Allan asked to pass on his thanks to the Farmlands staff in Oamaru, Waimate, Temuka, Timaru, Ashburton and Fairlie for supporting his book. Through purchases of his book, Allan was able to make a donation of $1,000 to the Cancer Society.

I have decided to pass on Allan’s thanks publicly because as an organisation we are here to provide solutions and support for our shareholders. Allan’s story may differ from everyone else but the end result is what we always hope to achieve – a greater shareholder experience.

I wish you a happy, enjoyable and above all safe holiday period for you and your families. After a holiday break of its own, The Farmlander will return for the February issue.

Thank you for your continued support of your co-operative and all the best for the New Year.

Kind regards,

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Peter Reidie
Farmlands CEO