Cawthron Analytical Services concentrates its efforts on supporting New Zealand Exporters
The sale of its wine and Blenheim microbiological testing services and environmental chemistry testing division, is part of Cawthron Institute's strategy to refocus its business on supporting the food and functional food industries.
The move allows Cawthron's analytical teams to enhance the access for food and functional food industries to local and international markets, while maintaining its core microbiology services for both environmental and food safety compliance testing.
"We will continue to focus on offering both customised and routine analytical services to New Zealand exporters in the food, aquaculture and natural products industries." says Business Development Manager for Analytical Services Augusta van Wijk.
Cawthron Analytical Services provide an independent testing facility to ensure a wide range of manufacturers are able to meet compliance and regulatory obligations.
"We will be able to show whether or not producers are meeting compliance requirements for export products food safety as well as offer stability/shelf life trials," she says.
Cawthron's food chemistry laboratory offers nutritional testing as well as vitamins and mineral analyses.
"We are currently expanding the range of vitamin testing, using new methods not currently available in New Zealand," says Ms van Wijk.
"Our Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) registered natural products laboratory is assisting New Zealand dietary supplement manufacturers with exporting their product to Australia and other key markets".
Cawthron provides world leading analytical services to support the New Zealand aquaculture industry to meet export and food safety requirements.
"Our unique capability in biotoxin testing of shellfish and phytoplankton monitoring of sea water plays a key role in New Zealand"s seafood safety programme."
Alongside routine analytical services, Cawthron has a specialist analytical research and development team who work with industries to develop customised analytical solutions through contractual method development, validation of existing methods and general chemical and laboratory consulting services.
"Methods can be developed and transferred seamlessly into our routine laboratory for on-going testing if required," says Ms van Wijk.
Cawthron's analytical services support a wide range of exporters, and have internationally recognised accreditations so their results are accepted throughout the world.
"Our focus is on helping exporters prove the quality, safety and integrity of their products so they can export them to the world," she says.
For more information please contact:
Augusta van Wijk
Business Development Manager for Analytical Services
Phone: 03 548 2319
Fax: 03 546 9464