C4 Sugar in Manuka Honey

C4 Sugar in Manuka Honey

There's been a few problems this year with high C4 sugar readings in manuka honey in the whole industry.

Honey that is exported has to pass a whole raft of tests, including normal food-type tests - does it contain poisons such as tutin, does it contain bacteria, does it contain impurities - plus some special honey tests. And testing for adulteration with sugar is one.

Manuka Honey Fraud

Manuka Honey Fraud

What is manuka honey fraud? Is there fraud that is technically legal? How do we stop manuka honey fraud?

I think the answers are 'complicated', yes, and 'that is the million dollar question that MPI is trying to fix' - see last week's post on the New manuka honey regulations.

To me, simplistically, manuka honey fraud is when honey sellers, either in NZ, or (I would guess more likely) overseas, take honey that is only slightly manuka and try to pass it off as good grade manuka.

There are several ways this might happen:

Australian Manuka Honey - is that OK?

Australian Manuka Honey - is that OK?

New Zealand is not the only country that grows manuka. Australia does too.

And in fact Australia has far more varieties of leptospermum than NZ. We have one, leptospermum scoparium, but Australia has 83 types. 83! That's a lot!

And, what's more, Australia 'manuka' honey is antibacterial too. Just as good, maybe better, depending on who you talk to (um, that would be a NZer or an Australian).

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Are you making these 3 deadly mistakes with your new bee business?

Are you making these 3 deadly mistakes with your new bee business?

So you are thinking of starting a new bee business?

The time is now, the manuka gold rush is on, people are making huge profits from the recent crazy demand for our special manuka honey, and you want in?

Great! You're not alone. And I believe it is definitely possible to reap the benefits of the amazing medicinal properties of manuka honey, and the worldwide demand for it.

But are you making these 3 deadly mistakes in your planning? If you can figure these out in advance, and still make your proposition look worthwhile, you will be ahead of the game, and have a chance of making it all work.

So what are these mistakes?

Beehive Thefts

Beehive Thefts

There's been a rash of beehive thefts lately.

The price of manuka honey is soaring at the moment. So the bee industry is growing like crazy with lots of new beekeepers coming in to the industry to try and take advantage of the honey rush.

And this means the value of beehives is increasing too. A 2 box hive used to cost around $700 a couple of years ago, now its above $1000.

When anything becomes too valuable too fast, this is also an opportunity for less scrupulous people to take advantage also. Hence the increase in beehive thefts.

Where are the bee thefts from?

How to make a $1mill in your first year beekeeping

How to make a $1mill in your first year beekeeping

There's a honey rush on. Do you want to be part of it?

Here's the formula: Get 1000 hives in your first year. Each hive makes say 25kg of honey. Good manuka honey is selling for lots these days, let's say $40/kg to average out the great and the just good grades of manuka. So, let's see: 1000 hives x 25kg honey x $40/kg = $1mill. That's $1,000,000. In just one year. That's a lot of zeros.

Next year will be more of course. You will be a gazillionaire.

Easy, right?

Yes. And no.