Posts tagged "Manuka"

Bees too hot to make honey as they swelter in NZ summer

[7 March/NZ Farmer] The hottest summer on record in many parts of the country has caused a challenging season for beekeepers as bees have stopped making honey so they can gather water to cool their hives down. Chief Executive of Apiculture New Zealand, Karin Kos, said beekeepers were expecting a slightly below average honey harvest...

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,...

Comvita predicts return to profit after better honey season

[30 January/NZ Farmer] Comvita is predicting a recovery this year from one of the poorest honey seasons in decades and expects to return to profitability for the 2017/18 financial year.  The company last year reported an operating loss after tax of $5.5 million but Chairman, Neil Craig, says that based on a normal harvest the...

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...

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...

NZ dairy company investigated for slaughter – reports

[22 January/ NZ Herald] A New Zealand owned farming company, Manuka, is reportedly being investigated by Chilean authorities over allegations of inhumane slaughter of recently born calves.  A spokesperson for Manuka said that the company had strict euthanasia protocols for calves and it was investigating whether one of its farm managers had not followed the...