Haddrell's dedication to creating industry standards led us to help set up the UMF™ Honey Association. The UMF™ quality mark guarantees authentic, monofloral mānuka honey from New Zealand.
What is UMFTM ?
What is UMF™
UMF™ means Unique Mānuka Factor. It is an official quality assurance system that independently certifies every batch of honey. The higher the UMF™ number, the higher the presence of mānuka honey’s signature biomarkers.
The UMF™ quality mark guarantees authentic, monofloral mānuka honey from New Zealand. It is the most comprehensive, independently certified and internationally recognised quality assurance system for New Zealand mānuka honey. It’s designed to validate mānuka honey’s potency, authenticity, purity, and freshness for honey producers, brands, customers, and consumers around the world.
Origins of UMFTM
The origins of the UMF™ grading system.
UMF™ grading system
When the world started to demand New Zealand mānuka honey in the early 1990s, a means of measuring the properties or "mānuka-ness" was required to give quality assurance. Haddrell's dedication to industry standards led us to help set up grading standards and encourage unification across beekeepers leading to the founding of the UMF™ Honey Association.
Today the UMF™ Honey Association limits the use of its assurance system and logo to its licensees. Haddrell’s licence number is 1027. For more information visit www.umf.org.nz
UMFTM vs MGO
UMF™ vs MGO
MGO stands for Methylglyoxal, just one of the four markers tested in the UMF™ quality assurance system. The UMF™ system gives more assurance the mānuka honey is genuine, because it carries out multiple tests. The MGO system tests one biomarker, and therefore just a single assurance.
There are four tests to satisfy the strict quality assurance system of the UMF™ Honey Association, these are then summarised in ONE UMF™ figure, e.g. UMF™ 10+. Carried out in independent labs, the results prove the honey's true quality and the concentration of mānuka's unique compounds. Specifically, the test results guarantee the honey's authenticity, potency, shelf life, and freshness.