The magic component


Certified MGO Rating

In Mānuka honey, MGO forms during the maturation of our honey from the conversion of another compound dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It's the magic component that is only found in the nectar of Mānuka flowers.

The leptospermum scoparium, also called tea tree of Mānuka tree grows uncultivated throughout the New Zealand landscape. Due to the difficulties of finding high density Mānuka trees in nature the supply of high-grade Mānuka honey is low and the worldwide demand is high.

The Power Of Mānuka.

Methylglyoxal in these quantities is unique to honey from the Mānuka flowers. It has properties that are known around the world and has been used by Māori people of Aotearoa for centuries.

12 years of research

Our CEO has been involved researching Manuka Honey for over 12 years. He is determined and has established multiple testing methods within the industry and is responsible for monitoring all our quality parameters prior to packing our honey.

Sunil has worked on major projects with some of the biggest companies in the industry, set up ISO 17025 accredited laboratories as key technical person and worked with the United Arab Emirates government to establish a honey testing facility in Ras Al Khaimah.

Trusted rating system

Our unique hexagon design provides you with all the details you need in one simple design, for MGO this trusted mark indicates that the amount indicated in the hexagon is independently verified by third party laboratories and ensures the contents that determine the value of your honey.

MGO has been trusted by consumers around the world as the most transparent and trusted rating system indicating the amount of Methylglyoxal in milligrams per Kilogram in your honey.

All our honey products at Zealandia Honey® are independently tested by accredited laboratories before export.
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)

Science definition

According to the science definition determined by the Ministry of Primar Industries your honey would have to have a combination of five attributes, four chemicals and one DNA marker. These are the requirements to authenticate monofloral and multifloral Mānuka honey and can be identified by using two laboratory tests.

To qualify as a mono floral Manuka Honey the test requires all of the five attributes. If the honey fails to meet 1 or more of the attributes, it is not monofloral Mānuka honey.

3-Phenyllactic acid At a level greater or equal to 400 mg/kg

2-Methoxyacetophenone At a level greater or equal to 5 mg/kg

2-Methoxybenzoic acid At a level greater or equal to 1 mg/kg

4-Hydroxyphenyllactic acid At a level greater or equal to 1 mg/kg

Once the chemical attributes are confirmed in your honey we confirm the amount of DNA from Mānuka pollen in our honey. The minimum amount of DNA that has to be present for honey to be called Mānuka honey is at least 3fg/uL.

APP® Association

Active Polyphenols

The logo of Active Polyphenols is trademarked and trusted by multiple researchers around the world. The international research group led by The Experiment Company is investigating the amount of measurable polyphenols in food products. Honey is one of the super foods they have targeted for their scientific research and they have already had some great success.

We support research and development, and therefore  are a proud member of the APP® Association, which means we are reinvesting and contributing to this research group to get a better understanding of our food products and the potential effects on the human body in a scientific way.

Polyphenols in Honey

As plants are immobile, often they encounter potential enemies such as herbivores, predators, microbes, viruses, or competing plants. Added to this, they face abiotic stress conditions such as salt, draught, or high intensity light. Naturally plants need a defence mechanism or a group of compounds to fight against above.

The APP® association's goal is to identify measurable polyphenols , that end up in food products through plants, and then classify them as Active Polyphenols. Plant produce polyphenols using metabolites generated from the pathways of primary metabolism such as Photosynthesis, Glycolysis, and Krebs cycle.

Support research

If you buy honey from a member that is part of the Active Polyphenols association you are supporting research, they are working towards a rating system that will indicate the amount of active polyphenols in mg per 100 grams of honey or any other food products.

Zealandia Honey® being a member of the APP® association is supporting research that is done on polyphenols and the potential effects they might have on the human body.

We all benefit from getting a better understanding of Manuka Honey and supporting the industry by innovative research on food products.