Does this count as manufacturing?

In an attempt to get the facts to fit the story of a manufacturing crisis, the Labour and Green Party say you have to ignore  food processing.

That means they will ignore the announcement that British-based Heinz Foods is moving some of its infant formula production to New Zealand.

The global food company has announced that 45 employees at a factory in Cumbria, north-west England, will lose their jobs as production and packaging of infant milk formula for China will be done under contract by Fonterra.

Heinz said it was no longer able to compete in the Asian and Far East markets and the move is designed to increase the company’s efficiency.

This is good news for New Zealand but don’t expect the opposition to acknowledge it because it won’t fit their manufactured manufacturing crisis narrative.



2 Responses to Does this count as manufacturing?

  1. willdwan says:

    Another implication is that primary production is the only sector really pulling its weight. But the Greens have plans for us, don’t they?

  2. Viv K says:

    If you want to count processing milk into infant formula as manufacturing then you must make sure you don’t count it again as an agricultural export. Oil and coal seem to be counted as manufactured products in the BNZ PMI. I have tried to find out exactly what this applies to, but haven’t been able to so far. I am guessing oil refining is being counted as manufacturing. Perhaps one reason for the argument about whether there is a manufacturing crisis or not, is that there is no agreed definition of ‘manufacturing’ as such. As an aside, my heart sinks when I hear about yet another infant formula plant. Breastfeeding is described in the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes as ” unparalleled in providing the ideal food for infants”. We all know that not all mothers and babies can succesfully breastfeed, but, for those who can, it is best for babies worldwide.

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