Frozen Meat Distribution.
Reprinted from Daily Telegraph, 19/9/03.
(To the Editor).
Sir, – On Wednesday last at Hastings Mr Cameron asserted that “New Zealand meat was not distributed to more than a dozen towns of a line struck east and west from a point 50 miles north of London.” This is a most astounding assertion to be made by a lecturer with “ Meat Distribution ” as his text, as presumably he would have taken some trouble to ascertain the true position of affairs before attempting to instruct others. I have a pamphlet by me (copy enclosed) headed – “A specimen day’s delivery to country buyers by the Colonial Consignment and Distributing Co.,” which indicates that in one day this company supplied over 100 towns north of the line indicated by Mr Cameron as “getting no New Zealand meat.”
It seems reasonable to suppose that, if over 100 towns were supplied in one day, at least three to four times that number would be supplied during the week by the C.C. and D. Co., say between 400 and 500 during the year. To add to this I may say that, although the CC. and D. Co. are the largest distributors of colonial meat in London, still there are a number of other large and small distributors who, in the aggregate, no doubt distribute considerably more than the CC. and D. Co.; thus, it would appear to be probable that at least 1000 towns are supplied with New Zealand meat in a district that Mr Cameron says is represented by “only a dozen.”
The greater part of Mr Cameron’s address gave me the idea of having been written at least ﬁfteen years ago, at which date many of his remarks would have had much more point than they have to-day. Thanking you in anticipation, – I am, etc.,
Tomoana, Sept. 18, 1903.
Telegraph Print, Napier