Posts tagged "manuka honey"

High-tech solution to combat mānuka honey counterfeiters

[8 November/NZ Herald] Honey counterfeiters are posing a major threat to New Zealand’s international reputation, says one manufacturer which has come up with a high-tech solution. Midlands Apiaries says it is using more complex packaging materials and manufacturing processes for its Puriti mānuka honey brand with the goal of making it more difficult for others...

Could Irish honey rival our own liquid gold?

[6 September/Stuff] According to Irish researchers, heather honey could be as good for you as manuka, however Kiwi producers weren’t accepting the claims. Manuka honey was known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It also had an ability to heal wounds, aid digestion, and keep skin smooth. A study by Dublin City University suggested...

Manuka honey causing legal problems in the US

[28 August/Stuff] There has been an unexpected increase in food crime in the first half of 2018. One incident involved USD98,000 worth of ramen noodles being stolen, in Chile a drought caused avocado related crimes. Theft of avocados was also a problem in New Zealand. This had led to the installation of alarm systems in...

Manuka honey seller warns of ‘loopholes’ in industry

[12 August/Rural NZ] Ashburton honey seller, Puriti, has warned that some people buying manuka honey in New Zealand were getting a raw deal. The Ministry for Primary Industries was seeking feedback on whether to extend the export grade standard to manuka honey sold locally. It wanted to protect the reputation of export grade manuka honey,...

Demand for seedlings stun manuka farming group

[3 June/Stuff] A free manuka seedling offer was so popular it was almost 200 percent oversubscribed. Manuka Farming New Zealand offered 1.8 million seedlings to landowners. Applications had been made for 5.2 million. MFNZ General Manager, Stephen Lee, said interest was overwhelming and they had the task of assessing potential plantations from Northland to Te...

Potential remains to grow honey industry, says Apiculture CEO

[29 March/The Country] Apiculture New Zealand CEO, Karin Kos, said the growth of the manuka honey industry was slowing, but there was potential for more. Of the 8,000 beekeepers in New Zealand, 5,800 were hobbyists owning 10 hives or less. There was an 11 percent growth in hive numbers last year. Ms Kos added that...

Manuka Honey: Buzz builds for New Zealand superfood

[2 February/Food Navigator USA] The unique health benefits of Manuka honey are starting to make a mark in the US market with the market leader, Wedderspoon, reporting record sales across all retail channels in 2017.  Wedderspoon has calculated that its products accounted for 73% of the combined growth in the Manuka category across conventional grocery,...

MPI’s definition of Manuka honey changed on eve of legal challenge from beekeepers

[29 January/Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has backed down on its proposed definition for Manuka honey as beekeepers claimed the proposals could cost the industry $100 million a year in exports.  NZ Beekeeping was due to challenge the proposed definition in the High Court this week but MPI have moved in advance of...

Ngai Tahu’s Watson & Son confident on comeback after $20 million loss

[16 November/National Business Review] Manuka honey firm Watson & Son reported a $20 million loss for the year ended 30 June 2017, after making a $4.6 million profit the previous year. This contributed to a $9 million deficit for parent Ngai Tahu Capital, owned by Ngai Tahu Holdings. Ngai Tahu Holdings Chief Executive Mike Sang...

Comvita beats earnings guidance, upbeat about FY18

[22 August/The Country] Natural health products company, Comvita, saw its shares jump 10% after it beat full year guidance and said it expects to return to profit in the current financial year. The company which uses Manuka honey a core ingredient, reported an after tax operating loss of $5.5 million for the year to June...

Those trying to define what makes NZ’s manuka honey special struggle to agree

[4 August/ Stuff] Comvita has proposed a manuka honey definition, as the bee industry attempts to develop a standard to ensure the product is not fraudulent. The Ministry for Primary Industries is creating a definition among competing industry claims over the best method to determine real honey. This comes after claims that consumers are being...

New manuka honey labelling standards coming

[12 September/ Business Day] New labelling standards for manuka honey are being planned by the Government. The $120 million honey-export industry came under scrutiny last month after a false-advertising scandal in Britain. Options for accurate ways to market and brand New Zealand manuka honey are being analysed and the Ministry for Primary Industries has released...

New manuka honey labelling standards coming

 [12 September/ Business Day] New labelling standards for manuka honey are being planned by the Government. The $120 million honey-export industry came under scrutiny last month after a false-advertising scandal in Britain. Options for accurate ways to market and brand New Zealand manuka honey are being analysed and the Ministry for Primary Industries has released...