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Manuka—what’s in a (common) name?

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Manuka—what’s in a (common) name? Published in The New Zealand Beekeeper – October 2008 The honey industry is currently reviewing the honey standards that were developed by the Bee Products Standards Council (BPSC) in 2003. Manuka honey, with its soaring prices, is the key honey type that has prompted this review of the current standard. As the price of generic honeys in the world hovers around US$3,000 per tonne, manuka honey is returning the producer over US$8,000 per tonne. The financial incentive (or perhaps imperative) to claim that one’s production is “manuka” honey is overwhelming. Some years ago I quipped that without standards, New Zealand has an annual production of 9,000 tonnes (our average total honey production) of “manuka” honey.

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