By Michele HunterWednesday May 18, 2011Paul and Sheryl Steens, who operate their manuka honey extraction business from Tauranga and Masterton, could not have thought of a better way to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Twenty-eight years after establishing the business, they were told their Raw Beekeeper manuka honey range had become the second biggest selling product in the Harrods Pantry in London. It was a sure sign that Steens Honey's exports were taking off - after moving into retailing 12 months ago. "We are putting our energies into getting the honey on the shelf,..
The Grocer27th June 2014Simon CreaseyThe two leading honey suppliers to UK supermarket groups are Rowse and Steens. Rowse packs approximately 85% of all honey sold in the UK’s grocery retailers (including manuka), with Rowse-branded honeys accounting for around 42% [Rowse]. Tesco and Ocado are amongst stockists. Rowse supplied The Grocer with recent certificates of recent tests conducted by Minerva for its 5+, 10+ and 15+ NPA Manuka honey products and each substantiated Rowse’s labelling claims.“Mis-use of the descriptor ‘Manuka’, attached ratings and the use of various forms of the word ‘acti..
Manuka honey is not your average honey. Not only is it delicious spread on a hot crumpet or used in cooking, it also has some powerful health credentials.Native to New Zealand's North Island, Manuka is the honey's Maori-given name but is known scientifically as Leptospermum Scoparium. Maori people used the leaves of the Manuka plant for a medicinal drink that was used to reduce fever-like symptoms, while the oil from the crushed leaves was applied to wounds as a natural antiseptic.Manuka is an expensive product, mainly because it is a mono-floral honey (made by bees that interact with just one..
By Michele HunterOctober 16, 2015The UMF Honey Association says it has found the solution to fake manuka honey products, developing a portable device which tests for the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the native manuka bush. The manuka honey industry group, working with Analytica Laboratories and Comvita, presented the primary production select committee with a portable fluorescent test which can easily indicate whether a product is genuine manuka honey, and research defining the premium honey.Analytica executive director Terry Braggins said the development of a chemical fingerprint, ..
By Angie KnoxHoney has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years - the Ancient Greeks used it, and so have many other peoples through the ages.Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds.But with the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey's medicinal qualities have taken a back seat. But that might be about to change - thanks to one New Zealand based researcher. Working in his Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, in the central North Island, biochemist Pro..
By Zoe Gough22 July 2014Honey is now regularly being shown to kill superbugs in the laboratory and save patient's limbs on hospital wards, but why is its medicinal use still so limited in the UK?The antibacterial properties of honey have long been known, both ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians are said to have valued it and it was used in the treatment of wounds right up to World War Two. Honey's reputation was relegated to that of an old wives' tale in the twentieth century after the discovery of penicillin heralded the widespread use of antibiotic drugs to combat infections. But..
Published on Jun 19, 2014Honey has long been touted for its health benefits but new research suggests it also facilitates weight loss. With more nutrients and fat burning properties than sugar, Dr. Oz shows you why you should swap your usual sweetener for raw honey.Click here to read more.....
By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News13 April 2011Manuka honey could be used to combat some of the most hard-to-treat infections that are resistant to powerful antibiotics, scientists say.Lab experiments show it can clear bacteria found in festering wounds and contaminated hospital surfaces. It works by breaking down the defences bacteria use against antibiotics, making it useful in treating superbug infections such as MRSA. The results were presented at a Society for General Microbiology meeting.Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff found a vari..
By Alice Hart-Davis10 Aug 2009When a good idea comes along, particularly in the health and wellbeing field, people often pick up on its essence rather than its detail.Take the "five a day" edict, for example. Everyone knows that it means you should eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, but most of us get a bit hazy on the detail. If you have a huge portion, does it count as two? (No.) And potatoes are a vegetable, aren't they, so do they count? (Again, no.)It's even more confusing when you take a newer idea like the benefits of Manuka honey, which has become a much-hyped superfood. But wha..
The UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) says recent advances in science mean it is now possible to definitively identify genuine Manuka Honey.UMFHA Administrator John Rawcliffe said, over the past four years, the Association’s members had been driving rapid advances in the application of science using high resolution mass spectrometry to the point where products claiming to contain genuine Manuka Honey can be readily authenticated.“We have a comprehensive database of Manuka and other floral origin samples. These have been collected from across the length and breadth of New Zealand over the last thre..
April 2016The UMF Honey Association presents its breakthrough finding of Leptosperin at the Primary Production Select Committee in Wellington NZ:Click here to read more.....
By Rob StockOctober 15, 2015The high price for New Zealand's premium manuka honey has led to some suspect products on the shelves aiming to cash in, but now a handheld scanning device can weed out the fakes. Manuka honey has become a signature New Zealand export, worth several hundred million dollars a year, but there are fears that much fake or adulterated manuka honey is making it into key export markets.In a bid to build confidence among honey buyers, the UMF Honey Association, has funded the development of a handheld "manuka indicator" device. It lets the user to test whether a sample..
Published on Aug 28, 2012Dr. Oz and guests talk about Manuka honey as a natural antibiotic.Click here to read more.....
Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey uses that range from healing sore throats and digestive illnesses, to curing Staph infections and gingivitis.Historically honey has been used for medicinal purposes dating back thousands of years. Seeing that it is one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources, it shouldn’t surprise us to hear that many archeologists claim that while excavating the tombs of Egyptian royals from thousands of years ago, they discovered uns..
Published on Jun 27, 2013http://draxe.com Negatives of processed honey:1. Most honey produced today is void of vital nutrients.-A study performed at Texas A&M University found that 77% brands of honey contain no pollen.-The honey is heated and ultra-filtered, removing the protein, antioxidants, and vital nutrients that are found in real, raw honey.2. Honey does contain sugar, in the form of fructose.Benefits of raw honey:1. Raw, local honey is packed with health-boosting pollen.2. Pollen, found in raw honey, can help boost the immune system.3. Pollen, found in raw honey, can also figh..
Published on Dec 23, 2014http://draxe.com/Today I’m going to share my top five sugar replacements. Many people are over-consuming high fructose corn syrup and processed sugars so I’m going to go over my top five sweeteners that you can easily replace them with. Although these sweeteners may benefit your health and are better than processed sugar, I would recommend consuming these them in moderation.Pure raw honey is great because it contains amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants, and antimicrobial compounds, which can support your overall health. Honey also helps reduce allergy symptoms, is ..
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