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, collected from Manuka (Leptosperin Scoparium) flowers, is sourced from New Zealand’s most pure and remote locations. Renowned for its rich flavour, Manuka Honey is recognised worldwide for its unique properties not found in ordinary honey. With a flowering season of just 2-6 weeks a year, it is definitely one of nature's special gifts.
Comvita was founded in 1974 by Claude (63 at the time) and Alan. They believed in the power of nature. They carefully harvested every drop of 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.
From New Zealand’s rugged central North Island volcanic plateau, to the bush clad hills of Northland, Comvita uses helicopter to collect our UMF® Manuka honey from remote hives deep in the bush of Kaimanawa, New Zealand. To Comvita, no length is too great to go to achieve perfection, delivering you the pure and quality Manuka Honey.
Many factors can affect the quality of Manuka honey - it’s natural so the sun, wind and rain all play a part. Comvita analyses Manuka honey in our world-leading laboratory to ensure every drop is independently certified for quality and authenticity by the UMF® Honey Association. Every jar of Comvita® UMF® Manuka Honey is traceable from source to shelf.
We work closely with our bees and beekeepers to produce UMF® Manuka Honey of the highest quality. Only the best honey will make the Comvita® Honey quality grade. No other company knows Manuka Honey like Comvita®.
UMF stands for "Unique Manuka Factor". The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity & quality. The UMF® 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.
Every 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. The UMFHA also conducts random sampling to monitor quality regularly, ensure Manuka honey carrying the UMF® mark is true to label.
Comvita Manuka Honey carries UMF® mark, which means all three naturally occurring signature compounds, Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal are measured, 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.
UMF® Manuka Honey is 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 contain zinc and copper which contribute to the normal function of the immune system.)
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.
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.
Not to be taken when breastfeeding.
A: If your healthcare professional has suggested that honey could be consumed with your condition, Comvita recommends to start with small quantities and monitor blood sugar levels. Indian Ayurvedic physicians suggest that honey serves as a valuable sugar substitute and can be consumed by diabetic subjects. Recent studies suggest that honey is tolerated by individuals with impaired glucose tolerances.
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, to ensure you have a raw clean honey.
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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