We’re passionate about the quality of our products
All Mānuka South honey is independently tested at Analytica Laboratories prior to sale. Analytica are an International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) and UMF® accredited laboratory.
Analytica have a firm commitment to supplying accurate results to beekeepers and honey packers with the assurance of IANZ oversight. They use their specialist knowledge, skill and innovation to create and validate new methods of honey testing.
They are the most respected provider of quality test services to the honey industry and help ensure that honey products are of a high standard and true to label.
The UMF Grading System
What is UMF?
UMF stands for Unique Mānuka Factor, and most genuine high-grade Mānuka honey from New Zealand will display a UMF rating. It’s is a quality trademark which gives consumers confidence that they’re buying genuine Mānuka honey.
We make use of these quality markers to confirm that we only supply the finest product.
Analytica Laboratories are the most respected provider of test services for the honey industry. They make use of the most up-to-date testing equipment technologies. Their fully qualified and experienced staff also have the skills and experience to make the best use of this technology.
They were also the first company to bring a comprehensive test regime to the New Zealand Honey Industry that assures the quality of Mānuka honey.
This test regime, the ‘3-in-1’, quantifies the levels of three quality markers;
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Methylglyxol (MGO or MG), and Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF).
The 3 markers used to measure UMF ratings:
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a naturally occurring compound found only in the nectar of Manuka flowers. This is what’s called a ‘starter compound’. Once this nectar is collected by the bees and deposited in the hive as honey, it begins to convert to methylglyoxal.
Methylglyoxyl (MG) is a compound that exhibits anti-microbial properties. These properties are independent to those caused by natural hydrogen peroxide found in other honeys.
Hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF) is an indicator that honey has been heated during storage.
100% raw, unpasteurised honey.
Some other companies subject their honey to hot storage. This speeds up the conversion of DHA to MG.
It also results in an inferior dark and burnt looking product. Mānuka South perform this test to ensure that none of the raw honey it purchases from bee keepers has been mistreated in this way.