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Benefits of Mānuka Honey


Mānuka Honey is unique to New Zealand and to obtain pure Mānuka Honey is a specialised task for beekeepers. Mānuka Honey is more difficult to extract and has a limited harvest period as it is only collected at certain times of the year. Every spoonful of Happiness is capturing purity and natural goodness from the unique Mānuka nectar.

Not all Mānuka honey is created equal and unique signature compounds in the honey can vary greatly. This is all related to natural environmental factors and including the purity of the sites the bees collected the honey from and strength of the tree.  Every jar of Happy Valley UMF® Mānuka Honey is tested and certified for natural MGO & DHA and Leptosperin content. The UMF number tells you how much of these natural markers is in your jar of honey.

Happy Valley UMF® Mānuka Honey is:

  • 100% New Zealand Origin
  • Tested and Certified for UMF® potency, purity and quality
  • Tested to meet MPI Monofloral Guidelines
  • Raw and unpasteurised- just as nature intended



Why UMF®?

When it comes to UMF®, there really is no comparison – it’s the global independent standard for Mānuka honey.

When you see the UMF® mark on your jar of Happy Valley Mānuka Honey it means it’s been independently certified for quality, purity and authenticity by the UMF® Honey Association of New Zealand (UMFHA). As well as regular monitoring, the UMFHA also conduct random sampling to ensure Mānuka honey carrying the UMF® mark is always true to label.

Only the UMF® testing process measures the presence of all three signature compounds, Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal, that together indicate high quality, authentic Mānuka honey.


Other rating systems test for only one or two of these compounds. Or, they may even test for something else entirely, like pollen, which is an inaccurate measure. The UMF® number that appears on the label indicates the level of the unique Mánuka properties within the honey. The UMF® analysis and rating process gives you a much more comprehensive and assured view of what’s in your honey. For more information on UMF® and the grading system, visit

How to know your Mānuka honey is Genuine?


Checklist to Identify Genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey

Genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey must comply with all six of the following criteria:

  • It has the quality trademark UMF® clearly stated on the front label
  • It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
  • It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the quality trademark UMF®
  • It has the UMF® Licensee's brand name and licence number on the front label
  • It has a rating number alongside the trademark UMF®. A number on its own or without the trademark UMF® does not identify genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey
  • It must have a minimum level of Leptosperin & MGO to be graded UMF®

What Do the Numbers Mean?

To receive a UMF® grading, a honey must have the presence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), Methylglyoxal and Leptosperin. The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Mānuka honey and assures purity & quality.


Methylglyoxal (MGO) Level

UMF® Grade

≥83 mg/kg


≥263 mg/kg


≥514 mg/kg


≥696 mg/kg


≥829 mg/kg


≥1122 mg/kg


≥1200 mg/kg


≥1282 mg/kg