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Ebony & Ivory Living In Perfect Harmony

allpakTwo empty wooden boxes, which have clearly seen better days, loitering in serene harmony on the pavement outside a street cafe on State Highway 1.  Thousands of cars pass by each day and pay no attention to these remnants from a by-gone era.  Pedestrians deposit rubbish into the black bags encapsulated by these very roughly  nailed together bits of timber.  Could we have seen these boxes on the same spot yesterday?  Probably.  Are they likely to be there again tomorrow?  More than likely.

Are they worth a second thought?  Why is one of them yellow and the other one green?  Why are there faded letters visible on the green one, spelling the word ‘ALPACK’? How old are they? What was there original use?

And by now readers will be asking why SAUERKRAUT is getting so excited about a couple of old wooden boxes he nearly tripped over, rounding the corner in Tirau on a sunny Sunday’s afternoon.  Those blog afficionados with a little history in the produce industry will, just like I did, spot the irony of those two unlikely mates leading a peaceful co-existence.  And if  you are interested in understanding what functions these boxes used to have and what this had to do with the produce industry, please start with having a look at this document.  Written only ten years ago but a life time away.



Once Upon A Time – a Story started in late 2011 and finished Today!

Once upon a time, there was a Bavarian money lender who, during 1923, split into separate companies at the height of German inflation. One arm of the company continued to offer banking services while the other started selling farming equipment to Bavarian farmers.

By the 1960’s the company had become the biggest Bavarian distributor of tractors and combine harvesters and operated several hundred service centres across Bavaria. At around the same time diesel and engine oil gets added to the offer.

In the 1980’s the company expanded into the building sector and started marketing all components required to build houses and commercial buildings. Following German reunification in the 1990’s the company then expands into East Germany and Austria. At some stage during that period three business segments emerge in which the company intends to become the market leader; these being the Agribusiness, Building and Energy sectors.

Fast forward to 2011, the company in question BayWa Aktiengesellschaft is now spread over 14 countries and has recently announced that it has purchased Turners and Growers, subject to overseas investment approval.

And this is how far I got in 2011.  The story became a draft waiting to be finished…
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