The Flour Millers' Association.
TROUBLE IN THE CAMP.
The " Otago Times" commercial reporter in Christchurch wires on July 3rd as follows : —
There is fresh trouble among the flour millers . For soih9 time pa3t the New Zealand Flouc Millers' Association has found a difficulty in disposing of the outputs of a number of the smaller mills. South Island bakers are for the most part wedded to favourite brands of flour, and the policy pursued by the association has been to ship tlio less popular brands to the North Is-1-ind. Hero they have encountered the increasing competition of Auckland flour, quoted at os per ton below the association prices, and consequently stocks accumulated, and sales became difficult to effect. Spocml negotiations with the Auckland flour millers failed to bring aboutaworkitig arrangement, and the position has been accentuated by the recent decision in the cisc Harraway versus the Flour Millers' Association, under which the smaller millers gain considerable advantage. Some of the leading milling firms with large capital invested in their businesses have long bptm fretting under an arrangement by which the association makes a market for the output of the small mills, at the same time seriously reducing the output of the largo mills, and there is growing dissatisfaction in milling circles. It is reported that the last meeting of the association held some weeks back was of a somewhat sto my character. The latent rumoured developments are that two leading Timara milled are seeking to sever their connection with the association. These millers are not shareholders, but have come in under a special agreement, It is stated that they purposQ taking eminent legal opinion as to whether these agreements now hold good. A meeting has been called in Timaru to consider the situation, and the outcome is eagerly awaited.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
The Flour Millers' Association. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
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