Until recently, there was no single definition for Manuka Honey. Thankfully, as of February 5, 2018, all Manuka Honey products exported from New Zealand will need to meet either the Monofloral or Multifloral regulatory definition of Manuka and be appropriately labeled.
This enables consumers to have confidence that any honey labeled Manuka that has been exported from New Zealand is genuine.
The new regulatory definition focuses on defining two levels of Manuka honey — monofloral Manuka honey and multifloral Manuka honey.
All Manuka Honey goes through detailed testing to validate authenticity.
5 key indicators must be present in the chemical and genetic makeup of the honey in order to be considered Manuka.
The difference between Monofloral and Multifloral is the required levels of these key indicators.
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.
A honey blend that has a variety of plant sources, but has a significant amount from the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) plant.
Wedderspoon is committed to delivering Manuka Honey of the highest quality and purity and has aligned the KFactor™ methodology to embrace and comply with the MPI’s new regulatory definition for Manuka Honey.
Any Manuka Honey which claims to be authentic without specific adherence to the above MPI standard is non-compliance with the only official standard for New Zealand Manuka Honey.