Hill Laboratories’ purchase agreement with Cawthron now unconditional
Hamilton, 1 June 2012 - Following due diligence, Hill Laboratories confirmed today that its purchase agreement with the
Cawthron Institute, originally announced on 16 March, is now unconditional.
As part of the sale, Cawthron’s wine and microbiological testing services provided from its Blenheim offices will be
transferred to Hill Laboratories. Additionally, Cawthron’s environmental chemistry testing division, previously located
in Nelson, has been amalgamated into Hill Laboratories’ environmental testing division.
No Cawthron staff members at either site were made redundant as part of the acquisition.
For Hill Laboratories, the purchase provides an opportunity to strengthen two key areas of its business – wine and
Hill Laboratories has recently expanded its business with the opening of a new wine lab in Christchurch. Roger Hill,
Managing Director of Hill Laboratories, says the acquisition of Cawthron’s wine testing expertise will help expand
Hill’s offering to the industry.
“Hill Labs recently launched our Vine to Vintage wine testing service from our new wine lab in Christchurch. We are now
the only laboratory in New Zealand offering every test a winery requires – from vineyard to finished wine - under one
roof. Acquiring Cawthron’s export certification testing business allows us to strengthen our services to our wine
industry customers even further, while providing us with an excellent base in Marlborough wine country.
“Acquiring Cawthron’s environmental testing also fits well with Hills, as it is one of our company’s core capabilities.
We are committed to growing our environmental testing laboratory in Christchurch, which now employs a large number of
staff members. This acquisition allows us to invest further into this key area of our business,” explains Dr Hill.
The Cawthron Institute is working with Hill Laboratories over the next six months to ensure a smooth transition for
“Our focus now has turned to communicating with our new customers. We’re contacting each of them over the coming month
to assure them the testing services they require will continue at the high level of customer service both Cawthron and
Hills’ clients have come to expect,” explains Dr Hill.
The Cawthron Institute will continue to operate from its headquarters in Nelson. The Institute has refocused its
business to concentrate on supporting the food and functional food industries by facilitating access for food products
to local and international markets. It is also maintaining its core microbiology services for both environmental and