Manuka Doctor donates 200,000 pots of honey to communities in need

New Zealand’s largest privately owned honey manufacturer, Manuka Doctor, has today announced it will donate 50 tonnes of specially produced New Zealand Wild Flora Honey from its Hamilton warehouse to families in need, via national food rescue service KiwiHarvest.

The 100 pallets of honey will be distributed by KiwiHarvest to local community groups and charities around the country, helping to meet the ongoing demand for food assistance as the financial impact of COVID-19 continues to put pressure on Kiwi families.

“We’d seen the increasing number of news stories about Kiwis in desperate need of assistance and really just wanted to do something to make a positive difference. COVID-19 has created an opportunity for businesses like ours to stand up and show their local support – and we’d encourage any and all other businesses that are able to, to do the same,” said Manuka Doctor director, Nicola Macfarlane.

“The donated honey has been manufactured under a newly created label, #beeingkind – a name which reflects not only our ethos at Manuka Doctor, but the Government’s COVID-19 motto. It’s about New Zealanders helping New Zealanders,” she said.

KiwiHarvest CEO, Gavin Findlay says they’re grateful to Manuka Doctor for their generous donation which will help to meet the rapidly increasing demand for food parcels – and provide a nutritious, sweet treat to families in need.

“Although we have moved out of lockdown, food insecurity is still a significant problem across the country. Food banks and community groups continue to receive requests for assistance as many Kiwis are still struggling to provide the basics for their families.

“Unfortunately, the financial implications of COVID-19 are felt most by our vulnerable communities, and those impacts will be felt for a long time. We’re incredibly thankful for the support from organisations like Manuka Doctor who are helping to meet the ongoing food necessities of those who need it most,” adds Findlay.

This growing demand was reflected in a dramatic increase in food quantities distributed via the KiwiHarvest warehouse over the lockdown period – up from 98,000kgs in February, to 171,000kgs in April, an increase of 74.5%. From March to May of this year, KiwiHarvest distributed a total of 434,000kgs of food – an increase of over 60% from the same time last year.

Manuka Doctor organised dedicated shifts at its Hamilton-based warehouse during lock down to keep employees working and to pack the 50 tonnes of honey.

KiwiHarvest has started distributing the honey to its recipient agencies around the country, beginning with its local Auckland beneficiaries before circulating it to other regions.

One of those recipient agencies is RāWiri Community House in South Auckland – and co-founder, Liz Kiriona says they are grateful for the donation which they have added to their family sized food parcels.

“Since the end of March, we’ve handed out over 1,000 food parcels. Honey is liquid gold as we never receive anything like this – especially coming into winter with its well-known wellbeing properties,” said Kiriona.

Puriti adopts food safety and consumer protection standards for Manuka honey products

Puriti Manuka recently announced it has implemented strict testing and policies to ensure there is zero glyphosate contamination to its products.

It tests every single batch of honey to ensure is it free from the glyphosate herbicide.

Glyphosate is a herbicide used extensively on farms, gardens, streets, and parks. Because it is so widely used, its residue can be found in some foods.

There is also growing evidence that glyphosate may cause health issues and is carcinogenic, according to Puriti.

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Puriti international brand manager Adam Boot said the company had raised the quality bar on Manuka honey through increased testing to ensure products are glyphosate-free.

“[It] is using more complex packaging materials and manufacturing processes to make it much harder for others to copy the product,” said Boot.

“As a result, we feel confident we have produced the purest safest Manuka honey available according to the highest of standards,” he said.

Puriti was produced to higher standards, so it was only natural the company listened to the concerns of international consumers and introduced testing for glyphosate, said Boot.

The Manuka plant generally grows in wild scrub or forest areas in New Zealand, remote from where the herbicide may be used, yet there is a remote possibility of spray drift.

“Consumers deserve to be given the full picture, the whole truth and all the information required to make an informed choice when purchasing Manuka honey,” said Boot.

“A lesser product does not necessarily mean a bad product but it isn’t of the quality that Puriti Manuka demands of its own products,” he said.

KOOEE! launches Manuka Honey flavour beef jerky

KOOEE! launches Manuka Honey flavour beef jerky to its Australian range of healthy, high protein beef jerky.

KOOEE! Grass- Fed Beef Jerky have launched a new flavour called Manuka Honey. It’s made with real Tasmanian Manuka Honey and is perfect for those that enjoy a slightly sweeter jerky.

KOOEE! Grass Feed Beef Jerky is an all-natural, gluten free, high protein snack.

Manuka Honey is the fifth flavour to join the KOOEE! snacks range.

Australian Manuka adopts Mark of Authenticity to meet international standards


  • MGO is internationally recognised as a key measure of Manuka antibacterial activity
  • UMF ratings no longer meet labelling requirements
  • New Mark of Authenticity proves consumer confidence for Australian Manuka

The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA), in partnership with leading scientists, has established a set of standards for authentic Australian Manuka honey.

Honey that carries the AMHA’s Mark of Authenticity must be pure, natural Manuka honey, produced entirely in Australia, and be tested by an independent, approved laboratory to ensure it meets minimum standards of naturally occurring methylglyoxal (MGO), dihydroxyacetone (DHA), and leptosperin.

“These compounds are all naturally occurring in authentic Manuka. The level of MGO determines the potency of the honey, while the amount of DHA shows that this potency came naturally from the bees collecting Manuka nectar, and the leptosperin is further proof of authentic Manuka”, explained honey chemistry expert, Dr Peter Brooks.

MGO is the centrepiece of the AMHA’s Australian Manuka honey rating system. This is in line with changing international standards and labelling requirements. Large international retailers, such as Holland and Barrett (one of the UK’s largest health food retailers with a growing presence in Europe and Asia), are moving away from the UMF system, to MGO ratings and are soon to phase out UMF labelling.

“We are delighted and not surprised with this decision as MGO has increasingly become the preferred rating system across the world. It makes sense that large retailers are moving to the MGO system and, in doing so, they are making direct comparison between different products much easier for their customers,” said AMHA chairman Paul Callander.


AMHA adopts guidelines to endorse a mark of authenticity for Australian Manuka Honey

The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) has brought to fruition one of its major aims – the formulation of a robust, scientifically based international set of guidelines that benchmark authentic Australian Manuka.

The guidelines are entitled Criteria for Defining Australian Manuka Honey and can be downloaded from the Association’s website.

AMHA Chairman, Paul Callander, said, “This important milestone was made possible by eminent scientists Dr Peter Brooks, Dr Shona Blair, Dr Nural Cokcetin and Dr Craig Davis joining our recently established Scientific Advisory Committee. These scientists are experts in the Manuka honey field and have outstanding global reputations. No-one could doubt the credibility of these guidelines, which will now be circulated internationally.”

The AMHA will also soon be launching its Mark of Authenticity.

“Once certified as authentic Australian Manuka honey, in compliance with the Criteria for Defining Australian Manuka Honey, producers (who are members of the AMHA) will have the opportunity to display the AMHA’s Mark of Authenticity on their tested and approved products. The Mark of Authenticity will allow businesses and consumers in Australia and around the world to have confidence that the product is authentic Australian Manuka honey. The AMHA’s Mark of Authenticity displayed on products will provide assurance and confidence as to the quality and genuine aspects of the product,” commented AMHA Director, Joe Baini.


Australian Manuka Honey Association receives $165,000 grant

The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) has received a $165,000 grant from the Government to support international market growth for the highly valued, medicinal honey.

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said the grant, funded under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, would help Australian producers and exporters raise awareness of the unique quality of Australia’s Manuka honey.

This important support will help the association also reinforce Australian Manuka honeys’ rightful place in the rapidly growing global market, particularly amidst recent attempts from New Zealand producers to monopolise the term ‘Manuka’ internationally.

Comprised of Australia’s leading Manuka honey exporters and peak Australian honey industry bodies, including ManukaLife, Berringa, Australian Honey Bee Industry Council and ASX listed Capilano Honey, the association aims to foster the industry’s growth and uphold global quality standards for Manuka honey produced in Australia.

“We are very appreciative of the support from the federal government in helping us market our Australian Manuka products globally,” said Paul Callander, Chairman of the Australian Manuka Honey Association.

“This growing industry has opened up additional opportunity for Australian Manuka honey to further develop medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical markets as well as Manuka honey in a jar. This expansion will lead to new jobs in the development of value add products manufactured in Australia, which are in increasingly high demand from global consumers.”

The Association plans to allocate the funding towards promotion, growth, quality and global education of the Australian Manuka honey industry.

Bod Australia to develop hemp Manuka honey product line

Bod Australia has entered an agreement with New Zealand-based Manuka Honey producer, Manuka Pharma, for the development, manufacture and supply of a hemp-based, high methylglyoxal (MGS) Manuka Honey product line.

Under the HOA, Manuka Pharma will source, develop and manufacture the product, while Bod has agreed to import the finished product into Australia for packaging under Bod’s brand and logo, or any other brand or logo chosen by the Company.

Bod Australia will leverage initial sales through its established relationships with pharmacy banner groups, and independents within Australia and also target health food and supplement stores. As part of the agreement, Bod will also leverage its strategic partnerships throughout key Asian markets, most notably in China through its key daigou relationships.

Expansion into additional key markets throughout both North America and Europe will also be pursued, and the Company looks forward to updating shareholders on these expansion plans in due course.

The initial finished product will provide consumers with a source of high quality protein and essential fatty acids from the addition of hemp seeds, as well as the added health benefits of a high-grade, high MGS Manuka Honey. These benefits are well documented and include a reduction in stomach acids and acid reflux, combatting staph infections, improving sleep quality and the prevention of tooth decay and gingivitis; it may help treat acne and eczema.

While the product significantly enhances the Company’s nutritional product portfolio, a range of product line extensions are also being considered. Through the HOA, Bod Australia and Manuka Pharma will explore the ongoing opportunities around cosmetic and supplement applications to market in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.



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