We’re Committed to Quality

We are passionate about the quality of our product.

All Manuka 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.

UMF® Grading System

The UMF® grading system has two components which are expressed on any UMF® honey product.


1. UMF® Number

This represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of this honey which ensure purity and quality. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal.

2. Label Claim

The label claim that it is genuine Manuka honey.

What is UMF®?

UMF® stands for Unique Manuka Factor, and most genuine high-grade Manuka honey from New Zealand will display a UMF® rating.

UMF® is a quality trademark which gives consumers confidence that they’re buying genuine Manuka honey.

Here at Manuka South® 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.

Analytica Laboratories 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.

Analytica Laboratories were the first company to bring a comprehensive test regime to the New Zealand Honey Industry that assures the quality of Manuka honey.  This test regime, the ‘3-in-1’, quantifies the levels of three quality markers; Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Methylglyxol (MGO or MG), and Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF).

At Manuka South® we make use of these quality markers to confirm that we supply only the finest product.

The 3 markers used to measure UMF® ratings:

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)

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)

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)

Hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde (HMF) is an indicator that honey has been heated during storage.  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.  Manuka South® perform this test to ensure that none of the raw honey it purchases from bee keepers has been mistreated in this way.