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MANUKA STANDARDS

Wedderspoon pledges to serve our customers with respect and the highest degree of integrity. As a company, we honor our responsibility in nurturing Big Picture prosperity: doing good with our bees and people, doing right by our planet & making whole body wellness more inclusive for all. 

Between our hives and your Manuka-drizzled smoothie, every harvest of Wedderspoon honey is kept raw and carefully nurtured in New Zealand – just as Mother Nature intended. 

All Wedderspoon Raw Monofloral and Multifloral Manuka Honey is guaranteed authentic, raw, unpasteurized, & naturally gluten free. Proudly harvested and packed in New Zealand, our Manuka honey contains zero preservatives, artificial ingredients, added sugars or shortcuts. 

The New Zealand government’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) created the first global standard and scientific definition for Manuka Honey in early 2018. This is the only government-regulated and approved standard for Manuka Honey in the world.

All honey labeled as Manuka and exported from New Zealand is required to be tested to show that it meets the MPI standard before it can lawfully be exported. The test results from the certifying lab must accompany the export documents for the Manuka honey ensuring that product packed in New Zealand is genuine. 

READ MORE: Best Ways to Use Monofloral and Multifloral Manuka Honey

Before any jar of Wedderspoon honey is packaged or shipped off to you, it undergoes independent laboratory testing to determine that it meets or exceeds the strict scientific standards for genuine Manuka honey as established by the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Wedderspoon is proud to uphold the MPI standards of identity for our raw manuka honey. Every jar, every time.

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5 key indicators must be present in the chemical and genetic makeup of the honey in order to be considered Manuka.

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The difference between Monofloral and Multifloral Manuka honey is the required levels of these key indicators. 

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The test results must accompany the final export shipment document for Manuka Honey.

there are two levels of manuka honey: monofloral and multifloral

MONOFLORAL MANUKA

A honey that is "wholly or mostly" from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) plant.

As bees have a considerable flight distance and need variety in their diet, a honey will never be 100% one nectar source.

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MULTIFLORAL MANUKA

A honey blend that has a variety of plant sources, but has a significant amount from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) plant.

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READ MORE ABOUT the SCIENCE BEHIND THE MPI'S DEFINITION

learn more READ MORE ABOUT the SCIENCE BEHIND THE MPI'S DEFINITION

FAQ ON MANUKA HONEY STANDARDS

HOW CAN SOMEONE TELL IF THEIR JAR OF MANUKA HONEY IS AUTHENTIC?

The single best way to know if a Manuka Honey is genuine is to make sure the label says packed in New Zealand or shows the Fernmark Seal (an even higher stamp of authenticity for products produced in New Zealand) on the package – this guarantees the honey was tested before export, is authentic, and meets the global MPI Manuka Honey standards.  

As of February 5, 2018, all Manuka Honey packed in jars and exported from New Zealand is now required to be tested to show it meets the MPI Manuka Honey standard before it can lawfully be labelled as Manuka.


WHAT ABOUT UMF AND MGO? I THOUGHT THOSE WERE THE BEST GRADING SYSTEMS FOR MANUKA?

Grading systems that rely on measuring isolated compounds within Manuka honey, whether it be MGO or the trademarked UMF membership organization, are inherently limited by the fact that chemistry can capture data at one moment of time and MGO is proven to be unstable over time and temperature variation. Manuka honey is made up of a number of distinct components, elements, and micro-nutrients which work in harmony to produce this multifaceted superfood. Manuka is simply more powerful than the sum of its parts. 

Wedderspoon’s commitment to maintaining comprehensive Manuka honey integrity means that we do not focus on one chemical marker of Manuka. DHA is naturally found in Manuka and converts to MGO based on time and temperature, as this sample report from a New Zealand Manuka honey testing laboratory, Analytica, demonstrates. Unfortunately, this means that some Manuka honey companies take advantage of science to increase their commercial appeal and drive up the perceived value of their product by artificially increasing the MGO levels to their highest peaks before their eventual decline.

While all of us at Wedderspoon are aware of the marketing buzz that a high MGO or UMF rating might add to our products on the shelf, our team believes that protecting and promoting the natural state of raw Manuka honey best honors the legacy of our founders, the passion of our beekeepers and the holistic health of our customers.