Recently there have been many false claims from companies claiming their honey to be Manuka Honey from New Zealand. This has caused New Zealand Manuka Honey producers to seek the same trademark protection granted to the French Champagne and the Scottish Whisky. Trademark protection would restrict the name to a product’s region.
According to The UMF Honey Association, “they seek to protect the use of the name because imitations are damaging the brand at a time when demand in markets such as China is growing. The industry-based Manuka Honey lobby has filed for a certification trademark covering “Manuka Honey” which will be free to use for New Zealand honey made by bees foraging on Manuka flowers.”
“The increasing global demand for Manuka honey is resulting in a variety of honey products from different parts of the world claiming to be Manuka honey,” UMF spokesman John Rawcliffe said. “We need to protect it from pretenders elsewhere with their rash of ‘me too’ products and continue to build our New Zealand industry from a foundation of integrity and quality.”
Asian demand for Manuka honey has seen the price for all New Zealand honey increase, amid a global honey shortage. Bees produced $187 million of exported honey in the June 2014 year, up 8 percent by volume and almost 30 percent by value on the previous year.
UMF’s move comes as the Ministry of Primary Industries cracks down on the Manuka honey industry amid international criticism there was more Manuka honey coming out of the country than New Zealand actually produces.
In July last year, MPI introduced an interim definition of what constitutes Manuka honey as well as a labeling guide for Manuka honey, which outlines its characteristics and prevents manufacturers from making health claims. UMF Honey Association plans to transfer the trademark to an independent entity to manage.
Pacific Resources has a full range of UMF honey and work directly with New Zealand beekeepers to maintain accurate labels that are up to code with regulations for New Zealand standards.
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2 thoughts on “New Zealand Manuka Honey Labeling Protection”
Where is the proof that your Manuka Honey is PURE. – Your name is not on the list – so if you purchase from a certified UMF company – you should state this.
We work with third generation certified New Zealand beekeepers and all our honey is packed and labeled in New Zealand. On the side of our labels you can find the New Zealand company along with their license number, if you have purchased a UMF labeled product. The label also states, “Packed with care by Arataki Honey Ltd. for Pacific Resources International.” Please note that there are two ranges of Manuka honey. 1. Graded for the peroxide activity. 2. Graded for the peroxide activity and UMF activity. Only the UMF labeled range has the UMF license number on the label.
There should also be a batch number on the label. If you care to send the number in, we will supply a COA (certificate of analysis) showing the properties for the batch. Lastly, only companies that operate in New Zealand are allowed to join the UMF organization. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.