MANUKA INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD
Established in 1994, Manuka International has been a family business for over 25 years. “Health from one generation to another”.
We are a company that takes great pride in working with professional Bee Keepers throughout New Zealand, who have integrity and full respect in their honey production; we only purchase superior honey and maintain premium quality control.
Through Manuka International’s brand “Bee Products”, we were one of the first commercial companies to bring certified Manuka Honey into Australia, while research had just started at the Waikato University in New Zealand.
Manuka Honey is extracted from the hives of bees that have harvested nectar from thepollution free forests of New Zealand. Manuka Honey is extracted, filtered and packaged ready for you to eat.
Our team of active and motivated experts have built a reputation for quality service and integrity, this skill and expertise has driven us to a rapidly expanding export company. With minimal effort and maximum distribution, our goals are to deliver a high quality product supported by effective logistics to assure minimum delays and maximum results.
We saw the benefits and potential of Manuka Honey in the market place. Our company has grown into one of the largest importers of Manuka Honey into Australia and is currently one of the largest distributors of Manuka Honey to the Australian supermarket chain including Coles, Myer, Woolworths, Safeway, IGA Ritchies and independent grocery stores, establishing a reputation of quality, integrity and service.
THE EXPORT COMPANY
Now exporting a full range of New Zealand natural floral honeys and Manuka honey.
Manuka International exports direct from Australia and New Zealand to China, USA and Jordan and are currently under negotiations with other international distributors. Because of Manuka Honey’s world wide publicity, we believe there is a growing demand for Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey skincare products. There is also a demand for more representation of Manuka Honey in the market place and education to the consumer. At Manuka International, we take take this resposibility very seriously and only provide honest and accurate information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is Manuka Honey?
A. Bees gather Manuka honey from a New Zealand Tee Tree shrub commonly known as Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium). Of the 158 species of Tea Tree in the southern hemisphere, this species appears to be unique to New Zealand.
There has been over 30 years of continuing studies at the Waikato University with investigations into the use of Manuka Honey.
Dr Peter Molan (MBE) BSc (Hons) Wales. PhD Liv. from New Zealands University of Waikato, from the dept. of Biological Sciences at the Waikato University of NZ, is a world authority in researching Manuka Honey.
Q. Can you eat Manuka honey?
A. Yes! It is straight from the bee hive, ready to put on your toast. It has a full earthy flavour that is excellent in cooking, warm drinks or simply eaten raw.
Q. Why does Manuka Honey change in colour and flavour?
A. Manuka Honey, as with all honeys, is a natural product direct from nature to your table.
The colour may vary according to the Manuka Shrub (Leptospermum scoparium) and where the nectar was harvested. Enviromental conditions, e.g. rain, heat, drought, wind and soil types can reflect in the final honey product. The colour doesn’t always determine the MG or UMF value of the honey, some Manuka Honeys are very light in colour however they have registered a very high “MG/UMF” rating.
Flavour varies according to the same conditions that influence colour. Dark honeys tend to have a stronger and more bitter flavour and are more aromatic, whereas light honeys are crisper and thin in flavour.
Q. Are there special bees that make the honey?
A. No. It is the shrub/flower that the nectar is harvested from that determines the type of honey. Depending on which pollen is dominant, will determine what the honey will be recognized as and given its common flora name (more information).
Q. What is UMF?
A. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. The acronym and phrase for Unique Manuka Factor was first coined by Dr Peter Molan. Manuka Honey tested under the guidelines of the Waikato Universities methods, is indicated by UMF, a number and the symbol ‘+’ (e.g. UMF15+) on the label.
Q. What does the ‘+’ symbol mean?
A. The ‘+’ symbol indicates the number following is the UMF or MG value.
Q. How do they test for UMF rating?
A. The raw Manuka Honey is put in vats where each vat is rotated and tested for its Methylglyoxal (MG rating), DHA (dihydroxyacetone) and Leptospermum (UMF rating) and its given potential ‘+’ grading number. e.g. 5+, 10+, 15+, 20+…
Q. What is creamed honey? (Imported Manuka Honey is always creamed)
A. In this process, raw honey and previously processed whipped honey (known as a seed batch) are combined to produce a mixture of 10% whipped honey and 90% raw honey. The mixture is then allowed to rest at a controlled temperature of 57°F (14°C). This method will produce a batch of whipped honey in about one week. A seed batch can be made by allowing raw honey to crystallize and crushing the crystals to a desired size.
A useful tip! Creamed honey too hard?
Sometimes when you buy creamed honey, it is too hard to use easily. This is because most of the crystallizing has happened after the jar was filled and it has ‘set’ hard. If you microwave the jar (around 30 seconds on high for 500 grams) it will soften – and it will stay soft.
AS AN EXPERIENCED EXPORT COMPANY
Importing into Australia and exporting direct from New Zealand to all international distributors.
Currently distributing Australia wide, one of the largest distributors of Manuka Honey in Australia, IGA, Ritchies, Health Food industries and a full range of independent super market chains.
We only sell top quality New Zealand Manuka Honey and New Zealand natural honeys.
Exporting Manuka honey and New Zealand honeys since 2008, we can assure experience and professional support, service and quality products to all of our distributors.
Our honeys are raw, filtered honeys, direct from the hives.
- No preservatives
- No additives
- No colour additives
EXPORT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Quantities: Minimum 2 pallets of mixed types (one pallet = 1260 x 500gm jars)
- Shipping terms: CFR prices to be negotiated on port of destination.
- Manuka International only purchases raw, fresh honey, assuring us of high quality, fresh, certified products at the best possible price. The honey is purchased in barrels and stored until a client places an order. Products are only packed after a deposit has been paid and agreements are completed. No packaged products are kept on shelf at any time.
- Shipping: 45 days after completion of agreements and paid deposit; this may vary according to seasons and availability of individual honeys and shipping.