ASD Australian Strawberry Distributors
Investigate what products your company sells, where they source these products from and any innovation that they use to grow/sell/market their product.
Australian Strawberry Distributors (ASD) is a 100% family owned and operated company growing Australia's finest strawberries. The Ripepi family has farms in Victoria and Queensland providing fresh and in season strawberries. From servicing independent retail at wholesaler markets to their direct supply relationships with Australia's supermarket chains they ensure customers have regular access to there great tasting strawberries.
What factors could impact the supply of their goods?
If there was a natural disaster.
If there was a blight.
If there was a storm.
What factors could impact the demand of the goods?
If they up the price.
If they have a bad reputation.
If they look dodgy.
If they aren't fresh.
If they are imported or not.
Investigate how your company differentiates itself from its competitors. Do you think this would increase demand for their product or not?
As Australian strawberry distributors differs themselves from other strawberry farms because they are a family grown business and they are 100% Australian grown and owned. There would be an increase in demand because users know they are not imported.
Explain situations when the goods that you sold would not be counted towards Australia GDP.
When strawberries are sold then that is counted towards the GDP. But if it's a strawberry muffin and even though there's strawberries in it, the strawberry muffin is counted towards the GDP. GDP stands for gross domestic product, which means a measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a period. For a product/good to be counted towards the GDP it hast to be in its final product. For my goods to be counted towards the GDP it must only be sold in its final form e.g. not strawberry jam but just a punnet of strawberries.
What do you think would happen if they could not sell to this market?
They would loose a lot of their profit and China would loose a large amount of their income because China is a leading buyer.
"When China sneezes, Australia catches a cold"
China is Australia's largest trading partner in terms of both imports and exports. Australia is China's sixth largest trading partner; it is China's fifth biggest supplier of imports and its tenth biggest customer for exports. Twenty-five per cent of Australia's manufactured imports come from China; 13% of its exports are thermal coal to China. Australia relies heavily on foreign investment. China ranks only ninth as an investor in Australia, with a 3% share of total foreign direct investment. That investment has grown rapidly in the past few years, but China’s foreign investment is likely to fall as its savings rate falls. On the other hand, there is evidence that Chinese businesses are keen to invest in Australia, particularly in infrastructure projects. The top ten imports that Australia relays on China for........
1. Electronic equipment: $9.6 billion
2. Machinery: $7.9 billion
3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $2.7 billion
4. Knit or crochet clothing: $2 billion
5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $1.9 billion
6. Plastics: $1.8 billion
7. Iron or steel products: $1.7 billion
8. Toys, games: $1.5 billion
9. Mineral fuels including oil: $987.2 million
10. Footwear: $927.3 million
Top goods Australia exports to China...
- Mineral manufactures
- Unprocessed agriculture (livestock)
- Unprocessed agriculture (crops)
If Chinas economy fails It matters a lot to Australia — 5.8% of its GDP depends on China, nearly all of it raw materials — but to no one else. But, as we have seen, the Chinese don’t buy much apart from raw materials from anyone else, so only places such as Australia and parts of Africa that ship the minerals that feed China’s factories will get hit by a slowdown. So If China "sneezes" or if there economy collapses so will ours. As they rely on a ton of our resources and that's how we get most of our profits.