The video "Purest New Zealand, the source of our Manuka Honey" takes us to some of the remote Comvita hive locations, where every drop is crafted to perfection.
Manuka honey is one of nature's special gifts. Sourced from some of New Zealand’s most pure and remote locations it is renowned for its unique flavour; Manuka Honey is recognised worldwide for its unique properties not found in ordinary honey.In early summer, the bees forage in the delicate Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) flowers. It’s a busy start to the honey season.
In early summer the bees forage in the delicate Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) flowers which only flowers 2-6 weeks a year. It’s a busy start to the honey season.
Comvita was founded back in 1974 by Claude (who was 63 at the time) and Alan. They believed in the power of nature. They carefully harvested every drop of their precious Manuka honey, working in harmony with nature's system. Four decades later, we stand by their beliefs, protecting every perfect drop all the way from its pure New Zealand source to you.
Whether we're helicoptering our UMF® Manuka honey from remote hives deep in the bush of Kaimanawa, New Zealand, or analysing it in our world-leading laboratory, no length is too great to go to achieve perfection. Which is why we ensure every drop is also independently certified for quality, purity and authenticity by the UMF® Honey Association.
Every jar of Comvita® UMF® Manuka Honey is traceable to its source - from the hive to the shelf. We work closely with our bees and beekeepers to produce UMF® Manuka Honey of the highest quality. From New Zealand’s rugged central North Island volcanic plateau, to the bush clad hills of Northland, there are many factors that can affect the quality of Manuka honey - it’s a natural product so the sun, wind and rain all play a part.
Our beekeepers are the experts in the honey crop, the Comvita® quality system and understand that only the best honey will make the Comvita® Honey quality grade. No other company knows Manuka Honey like Comvita®.
UMF® Manuka Honey ais always at the heart of Comvita's products, besides honey in a pot that can be enjoyed straight from the spoon, in a smoothie, Manuka recipes or in your favourite beverages; Comvita has specially formulated UMF Manuka Honey in various products for targeted goodness.
(*Manuka Honey Elixir with Blackcurrant and Propolis Herbal Elixir contains zinc which contributes to the normal function of the immune system.)
The UMF® Manuka honey mark is an independent certification of quality that guarantees our honey’s natural origins, from our hives in some of the most pristine parts of New Zealand. And it’s a definitive measure of the rare Manuka properties within.
Trust the independent standard
Every single batch of Comvita® UMF® Manuka honey is independently analysed and certified for quality, purity and authenticity by the UMF® Honey Association (UMFHA). The UMF® number indicates the level of the unique Manuka properties within the honey. As well as regular monitoring, the UMFHA also conducts random sampling to ensure Manuka honey carrying the UMF® mark is true to label.
Three signature compounds measured
Only the UMF® testing process measures all three signature compounds, Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal, that together indicate high quality, authentic Manuka honey - while other systems measure only one or two. This process gives you a much more comprehensive and assured view of what's in your honey.
Please see www.umf.org.nz for further information on the grading system and UMF® quality mark. Comvita is license holder 1019.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have a question about Manuka Honey? Below you'll find answers from our honey expert to the questions we get asked the most about.
Q: Can I take Manuka Honey during pregnancy?
A: Manuka Honey has been taken by pregnant women for many years with no reported preoblems as a result of its ingestion. As a food, we suggest that UMF Manuka Honey is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy. If you do have concerns, please consult your healthcare prefessional.
Q: Is Comvita Manuka Honey raw?
A: Honey that is left 'raw' straight from the hive contains bee pollen and parts of the bee hive or the honey comb. Comvita's honey is filtered remove these particles.
Q: UMF and MGO, what's the difference?
A: UMF is the standard due to the UMFHA (UMF Honey Association), a highly respected independent organisation. UMF stnadard does not only measure the unique antibacterial properties of some Manuka Honeys, but also to ensure companies who are producing Manuka Honey are adhering to strict quality guidelines.
All other measuring tools ('MG', 'Active', 'NPA') are used at the discretion of the producing company, with no third party checks in place. The UMFHA regularly conducts audits on all companies using the UMF trademark.
From hive to shelf, we manage and track the entire process of making Comvita UMF® Manuka honey. We analyse its unique properties in our world-leading facilities. And finally, it's independently certified by the UMF® Honey Association to ensure the quality, purity and authenticity of every drop.
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