Manuka Honey Rating System

Manuka Honey Rating System

This slide helps explain UMF and MGO, Source Comvita, 2017

Don’t get ripped off next time you go to purchase Manuka Honey.  Many customers over pay for their Manuka Honey simply because they don’t know which products are authentic and genuine and worth the extra price.  A quality Manuka Honey Rating System would definitely help people out here.  Join us as we attempt to explain the two most common rating systems used to identify the quality level of Manuka Honey.

This chart will help you next time you go to make a purchasing decision, because you will know that the higher number is worth the extra money.  Don’t get ripped off ever again!

Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system

There are two main Industry Rating Systems used today.  The first one is called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system.  It is an international trademarked rating system owned by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association.

Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Source 2017

The New Zealand producer needs to pay for an independent laboratory test to prove the purity and quality of the Manuka Honey contained in the jar. These include: the key markers of Leptosperin, Hydroxymethylfurfural (DHA) and Methylglyoxal.  (source:


The UMF rating system tests the level of antibacterial performance of raw Manuka honey and compares it to a known disinfectant – phenol. This means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol.

In order for a jar of Manuka Honey to be considered “active”, it must have a UMF of 10+ (source: Aliveplushoney, 2017).

Methylglyoxal Rating System MG or MGO

The MGO rating is a trademarked measure of the Methylglyoxal content of Manuka honey. The trademark owners are Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd. Industry competitors often use the generic term MG to represent the levels of Methylglyoxal found in their honey. The MGO rating (or MG rating) measures the levels of Methylglyoxal content ONLY and it does NOT measure the levels of Leptosperin or Hydroxymethylfurfural (DHA).

Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey rating system vs MGO (or MG)

This slide helps explain UMF and MGO. Source: Comvita, 2017

Manuka UMF and MGO explained by Manuka Natural

Video Author: Manuka Natural                   Date Published: Nov 26, 2013

Welcome to Manuka Natural in New Zealand. I am Bill Gluyas and in an earlier video I mentioned the relationship between the compound Methylglyoxal referred to on some Manuka Honey labels as MGO and the longer standing method of interpreting the antimicrobial activity of Manuka Honey, UMF or Unique Manuka Factor.

Now today, I have drawn a small graph, its just indicative only. It gives us the relationship of the quantity of Methylglyoxal in Manuka Honey and the UMF Rating.

So you can see here that if we had a UMF level of for example of UMF 10+, it would be somewhat similar to around about 200 to 250 on the scale of Methylglyoxal which is measured in milligrams per kilogram of honey.

It’s not a linear, its not a straight line graph.  As the UMF level of certification increases upto say UMF 25+, which is really quite rare, the proportion of Methylglyoxal is (somewhat lower). Well it has to be so much higher in fact to reach that 25 UMF+ level.

Methylglyoxal is not the only compound that is responsible for the antimicrobial properties of Manuka Honey and it is only a measure of the quantity or the concentration of Methylglyoxal in the honey. Not totally, the antimicrobial properties or the antimicrobial effect of the honey in total.

UMF is a measure of how effective it is against certain bacteria. Methylglyoxal is a measure of the concentration of Methylglyoxal compound in the honey.

So if you have any comments, please comment to us and we will come back to you on that. Or if you think that other people could be interested in this explanation, please feel welcome to share this with other people.

If you would like to know more information about the amazing befits of Manuka Honey, please click here.

How do you use your honey at home? Do you use Manuka Honey or are you thinking of using Manuka Honey?  Please feel free to leave any comments, tips or advice regarding honey or any sweeteners in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by our website today.

New Zealand Manuka Honey


Australian Honey Bee


Australian and New Zealand Beekeepers have long known an industry secret. That raw honey produced from bees that visit the Australian and New Zealand Native Plant Leptospermum (Native Tea Tree Plant) contain some of the highest bacterial properties in the world.  Australia has over 83 species of Manuka trees (Leptospermum) and New Zealand has one.

Australian Manuka Honey & New Zealand Manuka Honey is now being adapted into medical grade honey to help in the treatment of serious wound and skin infections such as Golden Staph, E-Coli and other superbugs.

To find out more about this amazing honey, please click here.

“Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem and the industry pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry. Honey is steadily emerging in clinics as an alternative treatment for various infections (source:

Here is a short video, 3 minutes video on New Zealand Manuka Honey collection. The video author is Bee PlusNZ.

Video Title is Bee+ Manuka Honey Northland New Zealand

Video Author is: Bee PlusNZ                             Video Date is: 6 Dec, 2015

Find out today how Australian & New Zealand Manuka Honey can help you.
Manuka Health – MGO 550+ Manuka Honey, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey, 8.75 oz (250 g)

Manuka Health NZ 8.8 oz pot (250 g)


How to Identify Pure Manuka Honey

What’s The Quickest Way For Customer’s To Identify Pure Manuka Honey?

Consumers are often uncertain about what to look for when buying pure Manuka Honey.  There is a lot of confusion around identifying the markers of genuine Manuka Honey and how customers can be sure that they are in fact buying pure Manuka honey.

This short 2 minute video helps us answer this question. The Author is Ka Noa Manuka and it’s called: Identifying Genuine Manuka Honey.

To learn more about the benefits of Manuka Honey, please click here.               To learn more about the Manuka Honey rating system, please click here.

Have you ever been confused when trying to buy pure Manuka Honey?  What are your personal do’s or don’t to look for when purchasing Manuka Honey?  Do you have any helpful advice that might help someone else out?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.  Thank you for stopping by.

Single Bee on Honeycomb, Courtesy of Pixabay, Womby


Video Title: Identifying Genuine Manuka Honey
Video Author: Ka Noa Manuka  Published: February 1, 2017

To many consumers, there has always been a lot of confusion as to how to tell what is a Genuine Manuka Honey.  Unfortunately, a lot of Manuka Honey branded products are not what they claim to be.

Manuka Honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the manuka bush – Leptospermum scoparium, which is native to New Zealand.  Manuka Honey is a rare and special type of honey with  unique properties which is what makes it so desirable worldwide.

Manuka honey is made when bees collect the nectar from the flower of the Manuka bush, and store it in the honeycomb.  The unique design of the honeycomb causes evaporation to take place, creating the thick sweet liquid that we call honey.

While 56% of the UK population are aware of Manuka Honey a staggering 73% of people don’t know why it’s different.

To really understand if Manuka honey is genuine or not, It would probably have to come from a retailer that I trusted.

The excessive number of grading systems in the UK market currently, has led to a position which is confusing consumers.

With the demand for Manuka Honey soaring, many unscrupulous suppliers have been exploiting this opportunity and misleading consumers.

When it comes to the grading systems on Manuka Honey, I really don’t know that much about it and I would say that I wouldn’t know where to find out about it either.

Fera and the FHAA have been working together on a world leading science programme, we have been trying to identify compounds which are unique to Manuka Honey.  This allows us to ensure the consumer that they are getting a genuine product.   So the research that we have been undertaking has involved taking nectar which has come from the Manuka bush in New Zealand and comparing the compounds which are present in them from Manuka Honey.  There are around 200 of these which we have identified.  Of these 200 which we have identified, three are absolutely unique.  The three compounds that we have identified are Hydroxymethylfurfural, Leptosperin and Methylglyoxal. 

Leptosperin is a unique signature compound that defines authenticity of a Manuka honey.

Our knowledge of the unique signature compounds in Manuka Honey allow us to grade it according to purity and quality using the UMF grading system.  When you see the UMF quality mark, it means that the honey has been tested to a high standard and we do that test in here at Fera, so we can be absolutely certain that honey that contains the UMF marking contains the genuine Manuka honey.




Having this research validated by Fera offers consumers greater protection and confidence in the products that they buy.  The Manuka Honey Industry is committed to this independent scientific research and will support the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association on this journey, as well as supporting the unique mark.

If it has that mark I will buy it, if not I won’t.


Thank you for stopping by today and watching this quick video.  Please leave any helpful, comments, suggestion or tips on how to buy pure manuka honey in the field below.

Thanks again.


Product Review – Kiwi Manuka, New Zealand Manuka Honey Candies

Product Review – Kiwi Manuka, New Zealand Manuka Honey Candies

Product Review – Kiwi Manuka – Manuka Honey and Propolis Lozenges -Strawberry&Elderflower

Size: UMF 15+ which comes as 40 individually wrapped pieces in one box (184 g bag)

To check today’s price, please click here

I had a head cold at the time of reviewing this product, so for me, the timing was perfect. 

About the Kiwi Manuka – Manuka Honey and Propolis Lozenges -Strawberry&Elderflower Contains UMF 15+ Manuka Honey

These throat Lozenges (candies) from Kiwi Manuka containing UMF 15+ Manuka Honey have been designed to give you the amazing health benefits of Manuka Honey in a portable tablet / candy form that you can take anywhere with you.

They contain high grade UMF 15+ Manuka Honey from a reputable manufacturer and offer a quality product for people to enjoy.

For more information regarding “What is Manuka Honey?”, please click here.

They are a quality product which comes with not one, but three Trademarks so that you know you are purchasing from a company with a great reputation.

UMFHA logo, source UMFHA, 2017

The trademarks are:

UMF Honey Association

Certified Manuka Originz, New Zealand 

New Zealand Made

Who are the Kiwi Manuka – Manuka Honey and Propolis Lozenges -Strawberry&Elderflower for?

Kiwi Manuka, New Zealand Manuka Honey Candies (throat lozenges) are really well suited for people who have a sore throat and want the health bursts that UMF 15+ Manuka Honey can give them. UMF 15+ is really one of the highest qualities of Manuka Honey you can buy off the shelf, higher ratings exists, such as 18+ or 20+ but they are super, super, super uncommon and very expensive.

Rather than travel around with a pocket loaded up with a jar full of gooey, sticky, raw honey and a spoon, now you can have a burst of high quality UMF 15+ Manuka Honey in your pocket, whenever you need it.

Each individual serving of the candies come individually wrapped in a sterile plastic wrap, so that your pocket will never have to be sticky every again!

Kiwi Manuka honey products are for people who care about the ethical harvesting of honey, as Kiwi Manuka really care about their bees and bee colony health.

Positives of this product:

  • Great strawberry taste.
  • All candies in the box come individually wrapped for ease of use and so they don’t stick inside your pockets.
  • Very portable. You don’t have to be at your home kitchen or in your work kitchen. These candies are not the free flowing sticky substance that raw Manuka Honey is.
  • The candies have a soft exterior and a hard interior. This is ideal for people who like to “chomp” a bit of the outside of the candy, yet the Manuka Honey is contained in the inside for the added benefits of slowly releasing into the body.
  • The product is suitable for most of the family (not suitable for children under 4 years of age)
  • This product is a gentle food grade health superfood. You can have upto six (6) candies per day.
  • Honey has an amazing shelf life. I couldn’t even find the expiry date on the box that I was given.

Negatives of the product:

  • The #1 negative is that some people have a serious Propolis allergy. If this is you or someone you love, then you need to know that this product contains 132mg for each candy. So, if you have a Propolis allergy, then this product is not for you.
  • This product is not for children under 4 years of age at all.
  • This product is recommended to be used in reduced quantities for children aged 4 – 8 years of age. The recommend dose for children is a maximum of three candies per day.
  • This product needs to be stored in a place where small children cannot reach it easily.
  • Pregnant or lactating women need to consult their health care provider before use.
  • I could not find a nutrition table regarding this product. People like to know these things. Sorry, I cannot be of more assistance in this regard.
  • The ingredients of these candies are: Sugar, Glucose Syrup (from corn), water, then UMF 15+ Manuka Honey 3.14g see photo’s for the others.
  • This product is listed as a “candy” and the top ingredients are: Sugar and Glucose Syrup (from Corn). Diabetics need to pause before consuming. However diabetics need to do this before consuming all candies anyway.

What to expect when you use this at home:

  • My first impression of tasting the product was really quite positive.  I can’t find a nutritional table for this product, so I thought it was nice that they were smallish candies.
  • The flavours were well balanced and tasted great.
  • Also the candie is soft on the outside and hard at the centre. The two different textures were nice.  It avoided any “same, same” feeling that you can get with some candies.
  • The after taste when I finished this candies was still pleasant and I could taste other foods really quickly.
  • It helped with my sore throat. I was glad I had them.

Manuka Honey UMF 15 + Product Review – Product Selected is Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey UMF 15+

Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka Honey.  Jar size selected is 8.8oz or 250g.

The Manuka Honey UMF 15 + product selected is Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka Honey from New Zealand.

Quality Rating: Premium Manuka Honey UMF 15 +

Size: 8.8oz or 250g jar

Click here to purchase:   Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka Honey, 250g (8.8oz)

To learn more about the benefits of Manuka Honey, please click  here.

Company Background:

Happy Valley was founded in 1975 by Ben & Dot Rawnsley. Originally located in Alfiston, South Auckland.  The current base is located in Drury on the North Island of New Zealand.  Happy Valley have positioned themselves as a company offering premium honey based Health and Wellbeing Products to customers.

Happy Valley honey range includes Manuka Honey, Rewarewa, Mono-floral and Multi-Floral varieties.  The manuka honey that Happy Valley collect is from the species Leptospermum scoparium.  (source: Happy Valley, 2017)

Happy Valley uses an extraction plant located in Waiuku, New Zealand which was upgraded in 2011 and is now a quality processing plant which far exceeds the current NZ Food and Safety Authority requirements. (Source, Happy Valley, 2017)

Video Author is: Campbell Tyson Chartered Accountants

Quality Assurance Guarantees:

Happy Valley Honey New Zealand have a consumer promise of “Our Honeybees – Your Health”. (source: Happy Valley, 2017)

Happy Valley also stand behind their products 100%.

Happy Valley are one of the few producers which offer a money back guarantee. (source: Happy Valley website, 2017)

Product Description:

The Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka Honey is a 8.8oz / 250g jar of raw honey that contains a minimum standard of UMF 15+ (they also quote MG 510+).  It is a wonderful and natural source of plant phenols and is jam packed with the unique full flavour of manuka and the associated health benefits.

The UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) has been independently verified by a testing laboratory and is the measure of the unique levels of MG (methylglyoxal) and other unique chemical markers which are specific to the Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka Bush Plant).  For a more detailed explanation of the manuka honey rating system explained, please click here.

UMF is the trademark of the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand (UMFHA) and they set the international quality benchmark for this product.

I always feel better when I see that producers are part of this quality association.

Happy Valley Manuka Honey UMF 15 +

Product Usage:

Simply take a teaspoon of this Manuka Honey everyday as you would any standard honey product.

  • You can eat it by the teaspoon straight into your mouth.

    Cheese and Honey Source: Full Belly Sisters

  • You can mix it with hot water as a tea/ coffee substitute.
  • You can mix it into your smoothies.
  • You can mix it into your breakfast cereal.
  • You can spread it on bread/ toast or crackers as a snack.

People also eat UMF 15+ Manuka Honey to help ease the discomfort that comes  with:

  • Digestion issues
  • Sore throats and colds
  • Low energy
  • Treating wounds
  • Helping to neutralize damaging free radicals
  • Stimulation of good bacteria


  • The company has been producing quality honey for over 40 years.
  • Happy Valley beekeepers really care about their bees and bee health.  This is a wonderful corporate ethos to have.
  • The UMF 15+ rating (MG 510+) has been independently tested and verified in a laboratory, so consumers can shop with high level of confidence that they are buying a quality product.
  • The UMF 15+ offers a very high level of plant based phenol.  This is wonderful natural immunity boost for people, your bodies will thank you for taking it!!
  • Happy Valley stand behind every one of their products with a product guarantee.  This is wonderful for consumers as not every producer does this.
  • In the raw manuka honey form it is easy to adapt a teaspoon of  manuka honey into your current everyday lifestyle.


  • Not for children under 12 months of age (ie not babies under 1 year old please)
  • The honey is quite expensive compared to supermarket honey.
  • The honey is slightly bitter. You will notice is more if you regularly consume supermarket honey or local raw “light” coloured and sweet flavoured honey from your local farmers market or local beekeeper.
  • This is not the strongest strength honey.  Some people just want “the best”. If this is you, then you will need to purchase either the UMF 18+ or the UMF 20+ Manuka honey.

Final Thoughts on Manuka Honey UMF 15+:

I really like and admire companies who are prepared to stand behind their products so passionately.  Happy Valley have been in the beekeeping and honey business for over 40 years and their quality standards are very high.

I like that they are a member of the UMF Honey Association of New Zealand and that all their products are sourced from New Zealand.

I really like the independent laboratory testing which helps consumers know with confidence that they are buying a quality product.

I really like this product.