Genuine UMF Manuka Honey - UMF Licence No. 1001
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What is UMF?

UMF - 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.

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The UMF Grading System

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

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

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 Manuka Honey - Nature's Wonderfood

For thousands of years honey has been recognised as having beneficial health-supporting qualities due largely to an enzyme activity.

It has also been recognised that certain honeys from specific plants are more effective than others, and the honey that comes from some strains of the New Zealand Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) is one of these.

 The New Zealand Honey Discovery

In 1981 research at the Honey Research Unit at New Zealand's University of Waikato discovered that some strains of manuka honey have an extraordinary, naturally present, very stable property not found in any other variety of honey.

This special property is over and above the usual properties of honey.  It comes from the nectar of the manuka flower  and is quite distinct from the enzyme activity that is common to most honeys.

This special property sets Manuka Honey apart as one of nature's true wonderfoods.

But this special property is not in all manuka honey.

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         


Testing for Authenticity - Protecting Your Rights as a Consumer

To determine if the special property 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.

The UMF Honey Association testing 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.

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 UMF16+ Manuka Honey is totally natural unadulterated manuka honey and complies with all the rigorous standards of quality and purity set by the UMF Honey Honey Association.  It powerfully supports the body's natural health.

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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 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 or without the trademark UMF does not identify genuine UMF Manuka Honey.

Quality Control - Natural, Unadulterated, True-to-Label, 100% New Zealand Made

The UMF standard is not just a rating of the honey.  It includes a range of other tests, audits and rigorous controls to ensure the honey is natural unadulterated manuka honey. 

UMF Manuka Honey from a New Zealand company licensed to use the trademark UMF is audited and monitored to ensure it is natural unadulterated and true-to-label.   Perfectly safe to eat

You know what you are getting if you get UMF Manuka Honey from a New Zealand company licensed to use the trademark UMF.

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

UMF Licensees

The name UMF and "Unique Manuka Factor" are quality trademarks owned by the UMF Honey Association and can be used only by licensed users who must meet set criteria.

SummerGlow Apiaries Ltd was the first company to be registered as a licensee - Licence number 1001.

Note: A licensee must be a New Zealand company. No overseas company is licensed to use the name UMF.

UMF Guarantee

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

It applies only to honey packed and labelled in New Zealand and tested after each batch is packed. 

It does not apply to honey in drums, etc still to be packed, nor to honey not packed or labelled in New Zealand.

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 label - they are not licensed to use the trademark UMF. 

International Verification Laboratories

The UMF Honey Association is establishing verification laboratories in several countries around the world where consumers and buyers are able to have honey tested and know the quality of the product they are purchasing.

Under this International Inter-Lab Programme these laboratories all use the same tests and quality control programmes to produce consistent results.

SummerGlow Apiaries - Licence Number 1001 - specialise in very high grade UMF Manuka Honey:

  • Guaranteed superior UMF16+.
  • 100% pure natural unadulterated honey sourced from the remote unspoilt areas of NZ.
  • Packed with greatest care to a very high standard ensuring all the natural properties are retained.Top quality handling.
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Why is UMF In Only Some Manuka Honey?

Bees gather manuka honey from the nectar of the flowers of the manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is a native plant of New Zealand.

The manuka bush grows wild on undeveloped, unspoilt and regenerating land, and is commonly found throughout the country. 

Manuka honey with the special property is gathered from the manuka flowers in only a few places in New Zealand.

It is also evident that some areas of manuka bushes do not produce honey with the special property every year, and the concentrations of the manuka property can vary from batch to batch and year to year.

For this reason samples of every batch of UMF Manuka Honey are tested before and after the honey has been packed into jars. 

The special property comes from the nectar of the flower; whereas the enzyme activity common to most honey is due to an enzyme added to the honey by the bee.

The reason why only some manuka honey has the unique property is not yet known.   It could be from a sub-species of manuka or due to some environmental factor such as soil type. The researchers are currently looking into this question. 

What is Active Manuka Honey?

  • Originally manuka honey which had the extra non-peroxide antibacterial activity was known as Active Manuka Honey (and is often referred to by this name in the research papers and articles). However, the name "Active" is now being used by many to refer to the peroxide antibacterial activity which is found in most honeys. 
  • The word "Active" does not indicate the honey has the special unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity. 
  • The word "Active" often refers to the Total Activity rating for which the activity is mainly due to the enzyme-caused hydrogen peroxide activity, an activity found in most honeys.   
  • There is no independent auditing and monitoring of honey called Active Manuka Honey nor of Manuka Honey with any descriptive other than that labelled with the trademark UMF.
  • Great care needs to be taken when selecting honey - make sure it is genuine UMF Manuka Honey - and make sure the activity is UMF10 or above.

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