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Understanding the changes with your Bee Products honey.

Understanding the changes with your Bee Products honey.

As today’s consumers have readily sought less processed forms of food including honey as a natural sweetener/flavour, the honey industry has grown significantly. Within this growth, both the New Zealand and Australian honey industries have been leaders. This is in part due to less pollution found in both countries owing to land-mass/population ratios and also the expansive fields of a dominant species of native flora allowing bees to collect nectar from a less varied range of flowers, creating varieties that can be named based on the pollen count from the dominant species.


Q. Why is there so much focus on Manuka Honey?

Coming from the Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka shrub) found in abundance throughout New Zealand, Manuka Honey has grown in popularity as a leader in the honey industry due to its uniquely high, naturally occurring Methlglyoxal content, amongst other things. As this market has grown worldwide other countries have discovered unscrupulous traders selling adulterated products and have in turn questioned the lack of continuity between the scientifically proven database about Manuka and the ratings and claims made on the some of the products being sold in their country. Over the last 12-24 months the NZ government in conjunction with the MPI (Ministry for Prime Industries) and leading industry representatives have sought to bring continuity to the production and labelling claims being made on New Zealand produced honeys but in particular, Manuka. As part of the overhaul an Interim Labelling Guide for Manuka Honey has been issued as a guide to the legislative changes.

 

Q. Why has my Bee Products Manuka Honey changed from TA to MG?

Bee Products has been a leader in the export industry outside of New Zealand including one of the highest turnover products sold in supermarkets in Australia with our TA8+. As part of the legislative changes it has been decided that the word or derivatives of the word 'active', amongst others, are no longer allowed to appear on Manuka Honey labelling for product sourced from New Zealand. The TA8+ (this stood for - Total Activity 8+) has since been replaced with an acceptable rating of MG (Methylglyoxal). The methylglyoxal rating is a lab validated rating representing the milligrams of methylglyoxal found per 1 kg of honey or mg/kg. MG 30+ is tested and confirmed to contain no less than 30 milligrams of methylglyoxal per 1 kg of honey. As a company proud of our integrity with over 20 years in the industry we have been one of the first to adopt the changes applied by the MPI. More information can be found on the MPI page here http://www.mpi.govt.nz/food/food-safety/manuka-honey/manuka-honey-questions-and-answers

 

Q.) Why has my Bee Products Manuka Honey changed in price?


As the aforementioned changes occur and older TA8+ labelled stock is sold and replaced on the major supermarket shelves with the MG30+ product, customers will notice a price increase. This increase is unfortunately larger than we would like but includes multiple factors that have all fallen simultaneously. Bee Products has long maintained a product able to be sold at a competitive shelf price-point often soaking up the price increases for honey without going over this price-point. As the popularity has grown and costs have soared this has become no longer sustainable. Regrettably for our consumers this increase has been implemented at the same time our product has also increased in its base grade Manuka with the MG30 being a higher grade (higher cost) product than the TA 8+ it replaces. Doing so has now brought Bee Products in line with industry pricing and through the MPI changes helped to ensure the quality of the product to our consumers and perpetuate longevity for the industry.

 

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Bee Products Team 22/10/2014