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  1. I'm wondering about this. No one was charged (therefore no evidence that it was stolen). Likewise, as a primary product, that can be harvested, it is difficult to claim that it's proceeds of crime. They were planning to export it (like most beekeepers do). If it was packed in a compliant manner, they could make a healthy return, reducing their reliance on criminal behaviour. Seems counter productive really. Seems like there is a whole lot of detail missing from this. Also, I did hear of a drum go missing from a storage shed. Maybe it's one and the same. (Also, I could work for the herald, because I too can copy paste from google search).
  2. Based on our recent shipments, honey is duty free into China, under the NZCHFTA. There is a 13.8% sales tax applied.
  3. There is an iwi owned operation somewhere in the east coast that do it. I think it's Ora honey, might be something else. There are also a couple of operations in Auckland who would pack this quantity. Message me for details/ Via mainfreight, you are looking at $250 to ship the drums to AKL.
  4. Have you considered what each of these trading terms is used for, and how they affect the business? FOB is commonly used where there is a letter of credit in place, allowing the shipper to claim payment upon supply of Bill of Lading to the bank. Most banks won't deal with less than $5 million on an L/C. Most customers don't get to this level, so FOB is less common than you would think. EXW is a common use in the industry, for reasons to do with trust. There is not a lot of it. By trading on a cash basis, companies reduce their credit risk and exposure here. As a business case, you should also consider the risks and benefits of each trading system. Where is the capital cost, who is left holding the bag in event of a cancellation or non-payment, what are the financing requirements for the company w.r.t inventory (10-20 million dollar stock pile). Then also consider forex requirements and duty. Is the customer skilled in overseas purchase? Is the supplier a skilled exporter familiar with entry requirements for your target market? Does the customer want to pay for shipping, or do they want an all inclusive price delivered to their door, and to pay you in Pounds Sterling via their HSBC account in Savile Row? Are you willing to take the Forex risk? Many questions. It comes down to how you manage upside and downside.
  5. Unsurprising. I sent John Rawcliffe an email interested in discussing the pavlova problem of australian jellybush. Not a peep. The only time I had communication from that mob was asking us to change remove reference to their organisation. Defending ones own patch without supporting your neighbour will lead to loss of ground. Great wars are won with strong allies.
  6. Its all a bit odd. Region controllee is governed by E/C law. They actually wrote it into existence. Scientifically, the approach being taken, to use trademark law to protect the identity of New Zealand manuka honey would seem incorrect, when one takes a global perspective. We have a strong adherence to Codex Alimentarius. As do Australia, and many other countries. Most signatories to the UN Accords and World Trade Organisation treaties. There is robust science available that allows for clear identification of honey produced from the nectar of flowers of Leptospermum scoparium. MPI are currently enhancing and validating this science. At which point it will be possible to apply to the International Honey Board for recognition of the 'Manuka Standard'. Product sold as Manuka Honey would need to comply with this standard, as applies to any other honey sold as a certain type or grade. Non-compliance with these standards, or mislabelling, is thus directly limited. No one has to pay to be 'certified', except the labs doing the testing. The product itself is certified, rather than the producer. This is the rational, functional and legally defensible way forward. To attempt to use trademark law leaves the situation open to tortuous litigation. Specifically, because the Australian fauna also possess Leptospermum scoparium, and produce high MGO honey from other leptospermum species with similar levels of antibacterial effectiveness. And the trademark law of New Zealand does not apply in China. NZ Courts can only adjudge on what is within their jurisdiction. This approach is bottom up, rather than top down. Which is why I reiterate that it feels like a desperate move, from a group that seems to be losing market share as the customer becomes increasingly educated and more entrants, especially australian ones, start publicising their MGO rating.
  7. And on another very different note, it would appear that the UMFHA have filed an application for 'Certification' mark covering the words MANUKA HONEY, in a number of classes. Which would seem that they are attempting to trademark something intrinsic. It would seem to me the same as if they were trying to trademark 'Clover Honey' as a certification, or 'Whole Fat Milk'. Which would seem counter to New Zealand's obligations to Codex under our EU third countries registration. Honey is a product, monofloral honey has a 'standard', not a certified trademark that prohibits others from doing the same. Similar to appelation/region controllee. If it is from the region and meets the standard, then it can be called champagne. Even the action of attempting to trademark it would appear to be anti-competitive behaviour, which the Commerce Commission would probably have issues with. I would love to know more about the details of this suit. It will be a complicated one, that's for sure. PDF_Report_TM.pdf PDF_Report_TM.pdf
  8. Working on it with an inventor. Open the lid and it sets off an alarm to your phone. GPS so you can watch your hives drive down the road. Invisible, sits in the brood box embedded in the frames. Can also put it in honey supers. None can detect until it's too late. And affordable. Soon everyone will be using a hundred.
    Very thorough and practical. Just like a good beekeeper!
  9. Look at the areas that now produce dairy. Contrast with the historically strong dairy regions.
  10. The research on Kanuka is interesting. In terms of who is doing it, WHY they are doing it, and how it is being done. Maybe time to create a thread on it.
  11. Well that was an interesting turn of events.
  12. For number one. That is the UMF Honey Association. UMFHA.org.nz Key figures are John Rawcliffe; with a background in the nutraceutical health supplement industry and comvita. No idea. That information would usually be difficult to obtain for a listed company; unless it is a significant shareholding. You could find the share register at their head office; and maybe request under the OIA. But I do not know the answer. This is actually relatively new research that is reliable; but methodology is not yet validated. Hence the MPI project. It is a good method and reliable; and this study supports the statements I made previously regarding the use of unique chemical markers to identify Manuka, when the discussion was only just beginning and MPI were circulating questions. Plausible authentication of manuka honey and related products by measuring leptosperin with methyl syringate. - PubMed - NCBI Plausible authentication of manuka honey and related products by measuring leptosperin with methyl syringate. I have a degree in Chemistry; and a specialisation in turning science talk into common sense english.
  13. It was in South Yarra, Melbourne.
  14. The label also clearly states PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA.
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