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Supporting your Body's Natural Healing Process

SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey is one of nature's most useful aids to natural healing. It powerfully supports the body's natural healing process:

  • Supporting digestive health (more)
  • Assisting the body's natural healing of minor wounds, ulcers, infections (more)
  • Soothing throats (more)
  • Enhancing general health & energy (more)
  • Colloidal Silver Cream made with UMF16+ Manuka Honey to nourish and rejuvenate dry, chafed, sensitive skin (more)
  • Pet Care (more)
  • Case Studies (more

It Works - Naturally!

SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey powerfully supports the body's natural healing process because it has a special unique health-giving antibacterial activity that is naturally present in some strains of New Zealand manuka honey. 

It could help you and your family too

The New Zealand Honey Discovery

  • For centuries honey has been recognised as having beneficial health-giving qualities due largely to an enzyme activity. 
  • Scientific research at New Zealand's University of Waikato discovered that some strains of New Zealand manuka honey contains an extraordinary,naturally present, very stable and more powerful unique antibacterial activity not found in any other variety of honey. 
  • This unique antibacterial activity is a non-peroxide activity and comes from the nectar of the manuka flower  -  it is quite distinct from the enzyme/peroxide activity that is common to most honeys.
  • This special non-peroxide antibacterial activity sets Manuka Honey apart as one of nature's true wonderfoods.
  • But this special unique non-peroxide activity is not in all manuka honey.

More about The New Zealand Honey Discovery 

What is Manuka Honey?

  • Manuka honey comes from the crisp white flowers of the manuka bush, a native bush which grows in remote unspoilt areas of New Zealand.
  • The manuka honey from only a few of these areas contains the special unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity

Helping consumers identify Manuka Honey that has the special unique activity

  • The special unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity is not in all manuka honey. Depending on the season and source honeys can vary in grade and antibacterial strength.
  • Until recently consumers had no way of knowing the level of quality or the authenticity of the Manuka Honey they were buying. 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.

More About UMF - A Quality Trademark Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

What is UMF?

UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

UMF is a quality trademark identifying natural unadulterated manuka honey that has the special and unique non-peroxide activity. 

Testing for Authenticity - Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

  • Not all manuka honey has the unique activity and among those that do the strength varies. 
  • To determine if the special antibacterial activity is present in manuka honey each batch must be tested (after packing) in specifically approved laboratories using stringent criteria laid down by the UMF Honey Association. 
  • To test for the unique activity the UMF Honey Association utilises a range of internationally recognised biological and chemical methods in approved laboratories both in New Zealand and internationally.
  • As part of the testing process every batch of honey must also go through a series of additional checks and supporting programmes to ensure the ultimate in authenticity, quality and safety.
  • The quality trademark UMF can be used only by licensed users who must be a New Zealand company and meet set criteria.
  • All UMF licence holders are independently audited to meet stringent standards in terms of production, manufacturing, sampling and handling.
  • The UMF designation and rating is a highly sought-after and well-respected quality trademark. 

SummerGlow Apiaries Ltd are licensed to use the quality trademark. Licence number 1001.

More About UMF - A Quality Trademark Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey  -   UMF Licence Number 1001

  • Totally natural unadulterated New Zealand manuka honey
  • Complies with the rigorous standards of quality and purity set by the UMF Honey Association 
  • Guaranteed to have very high level of the special non-peroxide activity
  • Powerfully supports the body's natural healing process
  • Produced by SummerGlow Apiaries and sent daily directly to customers in NZ, UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, worldwide.
Available Direct from the Producers - 100% New Zealand made genuine UMF16+ Manuka Honey -  Order Now.

Make sure the honey you purchase is Genuine New Zealand UMF Manuka Honey

Look for the name UMF clearly stated on the front of the jar.

Look for the number following the name UMF: 

  • UMF5 to UMF9 are very low activity levels
  • UMF10 to UMF15 are useful levels
  • UMF16 and over are superior levels with very high activity 

Did you know Active Manuka Honey is not the same as Genuine UMF Manuka Honey?  The special and unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity to which the research refers is not in most manuka honey, not even in most Active Manuka Honey.  Find out why here.

More about The New Zealand Honey Research Discovery 

Checklist to Identify Genuine UMF Manuka Honey.

Genuine UMF Manuka Honey must comply with all five of the following criteria:

  • 1. It has the quality trademark UMF clearly stated on the front label.
  • 2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
  • 3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the quality trademark UMF.
  • 4. It has the New Zealand UMF Licensee's brand name and licence number on the front label.
  • 5. It has a rating number alongside the trademark UMF. A number on its own does not identify genuine UMF Manuka Honey. 

Order Genuine UMF Manuka Honey Here

The UMF Guarantee

The name UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is natural unadulterated manuka honey and has the special non-peroxide antibacterial activity to at least the level indicated on the label.

Important Note: Only New Zealand companies are licensed to use the name UMF. Do not be misled by overseas companies claiming they have UMF honey under their own brand - they are not licensed to use the trademark UMF.

At SummerGlow We Really Know Our Honey

UMF Licence Number 1001

SummerGlow Apiaries specialise in the highest quality UMF 10+ and superior UMF16+ 

  • The Original UMF Manuka Honey. SummerGlow were the very first to bring New Zealand's UMF Manuka Honey direct to customers worldwide - to customers in NZ, USA, UK, Australia, Asia, Middle East, Europe
  • Guaranteed UMF16+. Rigorous testing at SummerGlow ensures that every batch is well above the stated UMF level. Current batch is actually UMF16.5
  • Totally Natural Honey.  SummerGlow Apiaries run their hives with meticulous care to ensure the manuka honey they produce is as pure as possible.  We do not feed sugar to our bees.  Our honey is totally pure and natural. It has nothing added and it has not been adulterated by heat or any other means
  • Enhanced Double Activity. Our unique and advanced packing technology preserves all the natural qualities of SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey so that it has a high UMF activity and a high enzyme activity greatly increasing its effectiveness
  • Established history. SummerGlow Apiaries have been beekeeping and producing manuka honey for over 37 years, and specialising in high activity UMF Manuka Honey for the past 18 years. We are one of the very first companies to be licensed to use the trademark UMF as shown by our Licence number 1001
  • Guaranteed supply. At SummerGlow we pack honey every few weeks so we always have plenty of stock on hand guaranteeing immediate despatch and no delays
  • Medical-grade honey. Very strict handling and recording practices have enabled SummerGlow Apiaries to be accredited as suppliers of medical-grade honey
  • Direct from the producer. SummerGlow Apiaries specialise in producing manuka honey with high UMF activity rating. 100% pure New Zealand honey

"SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey: It's the very best support for your body's natural healing power." More about our honey

Available Directly to You Now

  • Order online today for prompt delivery worldwide and personal service. Direct from the NZ producers. Quality guaranteed.
  • SummerGlow is the original source, of genuine health-giving manuka honey and it is available directly to you now.
  • Prices and Savings. Take advantage of our mail order savings.
  • We also accept phone, fax or email orders.

Attention USA Customers:  SummerGlow Apiaries are registered with FDA for safe and fast mail order to USA. There are no delays or problems sending our honey to USA.

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News

SummerGlow Apiaries and Comvita are coming together to give consumers a brilliant new wound care products – Medihoney

Now available at the SummerGlow Apiaries online store is the Comvita Medihoney range of products.

 Medihoney combines leading wound care and therapeutic skincare products made with an exceptionally high quality medical grade Manuka Honey. 

Comvita uses advanced scientific knowledge to maximise this honey’s potential in all of its therapeutic products. 

Medihoney products challenge the reliance on synthetic medicines and treatments and provide a natural alternative for wound and skin care, suitable for use by the whole family.

 Medihoney is the safe and natural choice to take care of your wound and skincare needs. All products in the Comvita Medihoney range contain Medihoney Antibacterial Manuka Honey.

 Not all Manuka Honey has the unique activity and amongst those that do the strength varies.

To determine if the special antibacterial activity is present in Manuka Honey each batch must be tested (after packing) in specifically approved laboratories using stringent criteria laid down by the UMF Honey Association.

 This specialised medical grade honey reduces the risk of infection from bacteria, creates an optimal environment for wound healing and helps to clean the wound naturally. 

Not only does it help in the encouraging the healing process, Medihoney Antibacterial Manuka Honey contains a host of active properties that reduce the risk of infection from bacteria by keeping all those nasty germs at bay. Medihoney provides an antibacterial barrier to stop infection and has been proven effective against the most common types of wound infecting bacteria. 

SummerGlow Apiaries have been beekeeping and producing Honey for more than 37 years, and has specialised in high activity UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey for the past 18 years. In particular SummerGlow Apiaries specialises in the highest quality UMF 10+ and superior UMF16+.

 “Our philosophy at SummerGlow is to locate the best products and supply them via our web and Facebook stores to our customers worldwide. We love to hear from our customers as they benefit from the powerful naturally occurring properties found in Manuka honey and the products in which it is used,” says James Jeffery, director and co-owner at SummerGlow Apiaries. 

“We have a long standing relationship with Comvita dating back to the initial inception of the New Zealand Manuka Honey industry and this relationship allows SummerGlow to sell top quality Comvita products through our web store along side our top quality UMF rated Manuka Honey,” says James.

 Founded in 1974 by Claude Stratford with a mission to "produce natural products that improve the community's health", Comvita now has a global reputation for premium healthcare and skincare products with a bee focus and is committed to the development of innovative natural products based on scientific research.

Look for Comvita MediHoney products in our store here.

Hamilton-based SummerGlow Apiaries applauds a new Manuka Honey testing method.

TE KOWHAI’S SummerGlow Apiaries has welcomed news from Hill Laboratories of a new manuka testing method which could save the honey industry millions of dollars a year.

The test checks for the "Manuka factor" are in the honey. This is an indicator of antibacterial activity, used to determine whether honey is pure manuka or a blend. Not all manuka honey has the unique activity and among those that do then the strength varies. 

The tests used to cost $105 each, or $315 for all three, but "this new three-in-one can achieve it for only $70.

"This initiative is an important step in the right direction. SummerGlow Apiaries applauds any scientific developments that focus the consumer on Manuka Honey's all important Non Peroxide Activity,” says James Jeffrey of SummerGlow Apiaries.

Too many companies attempt to "pass off" inferior product using made up or misleading rating scales / marketing strategies, cheaper and more,” says James Jeffrey.

“Readily available testing can only serve to provide Manuka Honey consumers with further assurance that they are buying the real deal,” says James

UMF license holders are required to provide proof that their product meets or exceeds any label claims during the product's shelf life, from packing until the best before date.  “SummerGlow, which holds the first ever issued UMF License, prides itself on a quality UMF Manuka Honey that is tested at least three times during the packing process,” says James Jeffrey.

SummerGlow Apiaries have been beekeeping and producing Manuka Honey for more than 37 years, and has specialised in high activity UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey for the past 18 years. 

In particular SummerGlow Apiaries specialises in the highest quality UMF 10+ and superior UMF16+.

“In short, buying UMF-rated Manuka Honey assures the customer that they are getting genuine Manuka Honey,” says James Jeffrey.

Hamilton-based SummerGlow Apiaries gives customers an exciting new shopping experience with its intergrated Facebook shopping app.

Hamilton-based SummerGlow Apiaries has set their sights on new horizons as they launch their new Facebook store.

Developed by Hamilton-based MediaPA, it allows customers to shop directly from the SummerGlow Facebook page, making the whole process simpler and free flowing.

SummerGlow Apiaries have been beekeeping for more than 37 years, and specialising in high activity UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey since the industries inception about 18 years ago.  .

“We know our honey.  Every batch is tested several times to ensure it has the all-important, special non-peroxide activity.  We enclose the relevant Laboratory test report with every order,” says Margaret Bennett, SummerGlow Apiaries’ co-owner.

SummerGlow recognises that the face of internet business is changing and will always strive to be at the forefront of new technologies.

MediaPA installs an app that allows you to transact within your existing Facebook page. The App installs an online catalogue that organizes SummerGlow’s brilliant range of products all in one place.

Facebook is quickly becoming the main access point to the internet for consumers and by including more information directly on the SummerGlow Facebook page it simplifies the shopping process. This seamless experience results in better conversions and happier customers.

Like/share buttons now allow customers to show their friends products in The SummerGlow store that they might be interested in buying. Nobody knows your prospective customers as well as their friends, so having like and share buttons can give you a boost to sales generation.

You can visit the SummerGlow Shop here

Press Release, 22nd October 2013.

Summerglow Apiaries Welcomes Confirmation From Intellectual Property Office That UMF Brand Rating System Is Reliable Measure For Manuka                                              Honey Special Qualities

Hamilton-based SummerGlow Apiaries has welcomed news of the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand's (IPONZ) confirmation in a recent decision on the registrability of certain trademarks that the UMF brand rating system is a reliable measure of Manuka Honey's special qualities.

That decision also meant that terms such as "active" and "total activity" may be inherently deceptive, is a win for those under the UMF brand umbrella.

Margaret Bennnett, co-owner of SummerGlow Apiaries who are licence holders in the UMF Honey Association, said the implications of the decision are far reaching and point consumers towards the UMF brand rating system for reliable measures of the special qualities that Manuka Honey possesses.

“This is a breakthrough decision and one which emphasises the UMF brand uses a reliable system for measuring the special qualities of Manuka Honey and there is the utmost confidence in this system for consumers,” Mrs Bennett said.

The IPONZ decision in Lee v UMF Honey Association, Inc on 11 October 2013 rejected six trademark applications, two due to their potentially misleading nature, and all due to their descriptive and non-distinctive qualities.  Importantly, IPONZ found that where manuka honeys are measured by peroxide activity or PA alone (as opposed to only non-peroxide activity or NPA) those measures are inherently unstable, which "means there is no way of knowing what the level of activity will be when the honey is sold and used". 

By contrast, the decision shows that UMF brand honey has "stable levels of antibacterial activity" (because it is based on NPA).

John Rawcliffe, General Manager of the UMF Honey ,Association,  said that  if consumers have any doubt about what they are paying for, they should go to the UMF brand for a reliable measure of the special qualities of Manuka Honey.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
• The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, or IPONZ, is the body responsible for registering intellectual property rights, including trademarks, in New Zealand.
• The UMF Honey Association is an incorporated society that promotes the integrity and reliability of non-peroxide activity or NPA as a measure of the special antibacterial qualities of manuka honey.  The Association's members include beekeepers, honey producers and marketers, and make up nearly 70% of the manuka honey market in New Zealand.  The Association is also the owner of the UMF trade mark and licenses the use of that trade mark to 38 New Zealand companies.

Press Release, 3rd September 2013.

SummerGlow Apiaries in Hamilton are New Zealand industry leaders in producing genuine Manuka Honey that has the all-important non-peroxide antibacterial activity.

In light of the recent issues which have rocked the New Zealand Manuka Honey industry, Waikato –based SummerGlow Apiaries reassures their customers that their Manuka Honey product is 100% true to label.

SummerGlow Apiaries have been beekeeping and producing Manuka honey for over 37 years, and specialising in high activity UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey for the past 18 years.

SummerGlow Apiaries specialise in the highest quality UMF 10+ and superior UMF16+.

“SummerGlow value their customers and all our honey has always been totally true-to-label.   We have never compromised our standards to supply honey that is not true Manuka Honey with the special non-peroxide activity.  SummerGlow UMF16+ Manuka Honey has consistently passed every marketplace audit,” says Margaret Bennett, co-owner of Hamilton-based SummerGlow Apiaries.

The UMF Honey Association have been working for years to set industry standards for Manuka Honey, and have been warning people of non-genuine Manuka Honey.

The UMF Association has international standards for non-peroxide activity.  Non-peroxide activity is a highly beneficial and stable antibacterial activity naturally present in some strains of Manuka Honey but not found in any other variety of honey.

The UMF Honey Association is carrying out research to identify genuine Manuka Honey.  “The UMF Association’s Manuka ID project shows each floral type of honey has its own unique chemical profile or fingerprint.  The UMF Honey Association is currently collecting authentic and clean honey samples to further verify the fingerprinting research.

SummerGlow specialise in producing high activity Manuka honey.  “We know our honey.  Every batch of our honey is tested several times to ensure it has the special non-peroxide activity.  We enclose the relevant Laboratory test report with every order,” says Margaret Bennett.

“SummerGlow were major sponsors of the Oritain Honey Vault Project conducted in 2010-2011.  This project involved forensic collection of authentic samples of honey directly from the beehive in order to identify various floral types of honey.  SummerGlow were Silver Sponsors of the project and in addition samples were collected from several of our apiaries,” she says.

“More recently SummerGlow are prime movers of the Manuka ID project the UMF Honey Association is currently undertaking.  This project builds on the work of the Oritain Project and involves sampling hives, plants, bees to develop a honey fingerprint for each floral type of honey.  It is important for us to show our customers that anything we claim on our labels is backed by robust science” says Margaret.

SummerGlow Apiaries was the founding member of the UMF Honey Association and holds the first ever issued licence to use the Quality Mark UMF on their genuine Non-Peroxide Manuka Honey.

“We were founders of the UMF Honey Association and have been members of the Association’s executive since its inception.  We are extremely involved in the Association and its activities” says Margaret Bennett.  The name UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is natural unadulterated Manuka Honey and has the special non-peroxide antibacterial activity to at least the level indicated on the label.

The UMF designation and rating is a highly sought-after and well-respected quality trademark.  All UMF licence holders are independently audited to meet stringent standards in terms of production, manufacturing, sampling and handling. As part of the testing process every batch of honey must also go through a series of additional checks and supporting programmes to ensure the ultimate in authenticity, quality and safety.

Contact us for more information.

 

 

29th April 2013

A Beekeeper’s Story – Manuka Honey And Summerglow

When he was just a young lad, Bill Bennett built his first bee hive from scrap wood.

Thus a lifelong passion for producing the best quality Manuka honey had its beginnings.

From its humble beginnings, SummerGlow Apiaries has blossomed to over 1600 hives, setting the standards for Manuka Honey production.
Bill and Margaret Bennett have been beekeeping for over 36 years in the greater Waikato area.

Summerglow Apiaries specialises in the production of high activity UMF Manuka Honey.

Back in the early days of SummerGlow, Bill and Margaret used to make their own bee hives. “I would wait until our kids were asleep, and then wire all the honey frames in our front lounge,”  says Margaret.  Summerglow Apiaries has always been a family-orientated business. “At one time or another, all of the kids have helped out with the bees”, says Margaret....................

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27th March 2013:

UMF Honey Association, Members update, March 2013:

Are all retailers clear on the credentials inherent in the UMF quality mark?

The UMF Honey Association Executive contracted two major in-market audits last year, focussing on product on sale at retail in the UK and Singapore. The results were what you would expect – all the honey marketed with the UMF quality mark was true to label, but there was a large amount of product being sold as ‘Active’ and described by the retailer as being the same as UMF . In some cases retailers were trying to represent the product as genuine UMF quality honey, and in other cases the product was simply not true to label.

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15th March 2013:

New technology to protect New Zealand's Manuka Honey

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) is teaming up with  Analytica Laboratories of Hamilton to  definitively identify primarily Manuka and also other New Zealand monofloral honeys. “Utilising High Resolution Mass Spectrometry based technology in this highly innovative application provides another cornerstone to the value and integrity of the UMF® quality mark and brand” according the Associations General Manager John Rawcliffe.

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14th February 2013:

Lab programme protects manuka interests

The UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) is very pleased to have completed the first phase of its international laboratory programme.

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14th January 2013:

China to help protect Manuka exports

After more than two years of negotiations, a deal has been struck with Chinese officials to protect New Zealand exports of Manuka honey. The UMF Honey Association, which represents 70% of genuine Manuka honey retailers, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government-run agency that tests food imports.

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25th November 2012:

UMF Honey Association members update, November 2012.

IN THIS ISSUE ...

  • honey industry report shows potential and highlights need for action
  • Auckland seminar
  • fair trading
  • New Zealand’s Unique Biodiversity

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25th September 2012:

UMF Honey Association members update, September 2012.

China recognises and supports New Zealand’s UMF® Quality Mark

Two key agreements relating to imports and testing of manuka honey and its unique properties have just signed with the Jiangsu Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of the People's Republic of China (or JSCIQ). These agreements will protect Chinese consumers and New Zealand exporters and will create further opportunities to expand business ties between both counties.


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