Monday, 1 May 2017

Iconic Business of Rotorua Past

A Spotlight on C. A. Clarke & Son Ltd

Advertising in Wise’s N.Z. Post Office Directory 1954

You can view this advertisement at via the Rotorua District Library
Bottling began in 1883 in a shed at Utuhina, and by 1967 the firm had some 30 employees.  The factory was on Tutanekai Street , where the Novotel Hotel is now (2012). The plant was probably the only cordial factory in the world to operate on geothermal steam. Their bottles all had the letters 'CAC' on them in glass raised letters. 
A new factory opened at Ngapuna on Friday 1st December, 1967. It incorporated a heat exchange system that generated the steam and hot water required to sterilise bottles.
When the factory moved to Ngapuna it was where the Timber Yards are now (2012). The site on Tutanekai Street was bought by Reg Durrant who operated a supermarket there, called DURRANTS, and later it changed hands becoming a Woolworths Supermarket. 

Four generations of the Clarke family were involved in the manufacture of aerated waters and cordials.

You can view this image at Kete Rotorua

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