Why purchase UMF rated Manuka Honey


UMF is a Quality Trademark & Grading System Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

  • UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor.
  • UMF is a quality trademark and grading system identifying natural unadulterated manuka honey that has a special unique natural property found only in some strains of manuka honey. 
  • The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka Honey, and assures purity and quality.
  • UMF is a quality trademark and grading system protecting your rights as a consumer because not all manuka honey has this special property and among those that do the strength of the property varies.
  • UMF is a quality trademark that can be used only by licensed users who must be a New Zealand company and meet set criteria.

The UMF Grading System

The UMF grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka Honey, and assures purity and quality.

The UMF quality trademark ranges from 5 upwards:

  •   0-4  Not detectable
  •   5-9  Low levels
  • 10-15 Useful levels
  • 16+   Superior high grade levels

Helping Consumers Identify Manuka Honey that has the Special Property

Until recently consumers had no way of knowing the level of quality or authenticity of the Manuka Honey they were buying. Depending on the season and source, honeys can vary in grade and strength. So it has been important to establish a trusted quality standard.

The UMF Honey Association has achieved this by introducing the UMF quality trademark and rating system.

The official UMF logo helps consumers identify genuine UMF Manuka Honey         


Benefits of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. Advocates say it treats wound infections and other conditions.

Healing Power of Honey

Honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions. It wasn't until the late 19th century that researchers discovered that honey has natural antibacterial qualities.

Honey protects against damage caused by bacteria. Some honey also stimulates production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection. In addition, honey has an anti-inflammatory action that can quickly reduce pain and inflammation once it is applied.

But not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it's harvested. Some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.

Components of Manuka Honey

Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types of honey, including manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities.

Another antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound -- dihydroxyacetone -- that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. MG is thought to give manuka honey some of its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

How to Buy Manuka Honey

Look for the trusted UMF rating on your Manuka Honey, all New Zealand Honey Co Manuka is genuine and you can check on any of our jars the origin of your honey at any time. Simply go to the Oritain website and enter the unique code, each batch is independantly tested and recorded to gaurantee, NZ origin. To view and buy our UMF Rated Manuka Honey, click here