The facts about Comvita UMF® Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is sourced from New Zealand’s remote, pollution free forests and is renowned for its unique flavour and special activity. Manuka Honey is valued by many for its contribution to a healthy diet and is gaining worldwide recognition for its unique properties.
The bees feed off the Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium) which has delicate pink or white flowers and is native to New Zealand.
Why UMF® Manuka Honey?
UMF stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’, a measure of the unique type of activity naturally present at varying levels in Honey (non-peroxide activty, NPA) made from the nectar of the Manuka bush, native to New Zealand.
UMF® is the registered name and trademark of UMF® Honey Association and can be used only by licensed users who meet set criteria which includes the monitoring and auditing of Honey quality. The New Zealand Honey industry (UMF® Honey Association) has registered UMF® as a trademark to ensure the activity of Manuka Honey cannot be misrepresented.
All batches are assessed by qualified technicians for flavour, colour and aroma. Comvita guarantees that their Manuka honey is equal to or higher than the UMF® level stated on the jar label.
To carry the UMF® brand, the manufacturer or owner of the brand must hold a current UMF license with UMF Honey Association. In addition, genuine UMF Manuka Honey complies with all five of the following criteria:
UMF® is clearly stated on the front label.
It is packed into jars and labeled in New Zealand.
It is from a New Zealand company licensed by the UMF Honey Association to use the name UMF.
It has the UMF® licensee’s name on the front label.
It has a rating of UMF® 5+ or more.
Comvita is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of premium quality UMF® Manuka Honey. The Comvita brand is well-known and trusted by retailers and consumers around the world for its high quality, effective natural health products. Comvita UMF Manuka Honey is one of the world’s most trusted brands of Manuka Honey.
In August 2013 there has been some confusing stories reported regarding the the quality of New Zealand Manuka Honey. We wanted to reassure you: Comvita Manuka Honey was one of the few Manuka Honeys tested by FERA* formally confirmed as true to label.
A commitment to quality
As a licensed user of the UMF® brand, Comvita is required to meet criteria set by the official industry body the UMF® Honey Association. The UMF Honey Association undertakes regular monitoring, on-site audits and in-market random sampling to ensure Manuka Honey carrying the UMF® mark is true to label. Every batch of Comvita UMF Manuka Honey is independently tested and certified to contain the special UMF activity level as indicated on the label. Comvita’s quality control technicians further test every batch for flavour, colour and aroma. We have an audited Risk Management Programme, ensuring compliance with New Zealands internationally respected Animal Products Act 1999.
All Comvita UMF Manuka Honey is traceable to its source - from the hive to the shelf. We have an audited Risk Management Programme to ensure compliance.
We work closely with only the best beekeepers in New Zealand that produce Manuka Honey of the highest quality. From the rugged central North Island volcanic plateau, to the bush clad hills of the Coromandel, there are many different factors that can effect the quality of Manuka Honey - it’s a natural product so sun, wind and rain all play a part. We regularly visit all of our beekeeper partners to discuss the honey crop, the Comvita quality system and our expectations that only the best will suffice. No other company knows Manuka Honey like Comvita.
Manuka Honey Uses
Consumers generally choose Manuka Honey for its contribution to a healthy diet. Manuka Honey is a delicious food, renowned for its unique flavor, and when it carries a UMF® logo and rating, you know you are getting the real deal.
View our UMF® Manuka Honey Range
Manuka Honey is also being used as the main ingredients in our skin care and wound care products.
Remember, to get the best from Manuka Honey uses, buy high quality UMF Honey Association approved products carrying the UMF® trademark.