Australian Manuka honey producers welcome NZ trademark win

scientifically proven
  • Australian Manuka Honey is scientifically proven to be highly active
  • Mark of Authenticity provides total confidence for consumers
  • No Varroa mite for Australian bees, so our beehives are naturally free of miticides

People are praising Manuka honey as a ‘superfood’ for a good reason, with numerous scientific studies proving its unique antimicrobial (that is, germ-killing) and nutritional properties. It is used as a wound dressing against Golden Staph and other infections, and also to aid skin conditions, sore throats, gingivitis, gastric upsets, and more.  In an exciting development, several Australian Manuka honeys have been scientifically proven to be highly active when independently tested for MGO, DHA and leptosperin – the natural components that give Manuka honey its power and prove its authenticity.  The Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) is the leading national body representing the Australian Manuka honey industry. It was formed to raise the profile of Australian Manuka honey, and employs cutting-edge science to set high quality and authenticity standards for this extraordinary gift from nature.  Through the AMHA’s promotion of a standardised, consistent and transparent rating system, the Association plans not only to help consumers make informed buying decisions, but also to demonstrate that Australian Manuka more than stacks up to its competitors. The AMHA Mark of Authenticity will enable consumers to select genuine Australian Manuka honey with confidence.

Deputy Chairman of the AMHA, Joe Baini stated, “We are excited to be able to tell the world about our wonderful, pure, active Australian Manuka honeys. Although many people around the globe know of the amazing properties of Manuka honey, there are still many who don’t realise that Australia has a long history of producing this wonderful product.”

Australia is also the last remaining beekeeping country that is free of the Varroa mite – a parasite that sucks the blood of baby bees and spreads bee viruses. This scourge has been linked to colony collapse disorder and huge numbers of bee losses. So, unlike in other countries, Australian beekeepers don’t have to use miticides in their hives, and our bees are less stressed by disease.  Our Manuka honey comes from pristine, natural environments, where our healthy bees collect pollen and nectar from Australia’s incredible and unique flora. It is nothing but the sweet labour of one of nature’s most remarkable creatures – the honey bee, which forages on Australia’s many native Manuka flowers.

To download a copy of the full AMHA Press Release regarding the antimicrobial and nutritional properties of Manuka honey, please click here.


  • Cokcetin, Pappalardo, Campbell, Brooks, Carter, Blair, & Harry (2016) The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels. PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 12, p. e0167780.
  • Windsor, Pappalardo, Brooks, Williams, & Manley-Harris (2012) Convenient new analysis of dihydroxyacetone and methylglyoxal applied to Australian Leptospermum honeys. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, 4(1).
  • Carter, Blair, Cokcetin, Bouzo, Brooks, Schothaue, & Harry (2016) Therapeutic Manuka Honey: No Longer So Alternative. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 569.



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