Our quality system
Pure Honey = Quality Honey
Happiness in a jar. When it comes to real mānuka honey, quality means purity, and vice-versa. And since quality is what we’re all about, we settle for nothing less than the highest standards possible, from start to finish.
Regular soil testing, careful site selection and organic growing practices—just a few things we do to ensure the cleanest soil around our mānuka trees.
We maintain our own hives, and use full quality systems to track hive health. Not only that, we have total transparency of the bees’ journey from hive to nectar.
If you want something done well, do it yourself.” We do, and we do! So all honey extraction, manufacturing, and processing is done by us and us only, in our very own factories (which, by the way, have some pretty fancy accreditations). That’s how we can guarantee each step of the our process meets our high standards.
Independent Certification & Testing
Happy Valley Mānuka Honey is genuine and true to the label — and you can trust that’s true, because we’re a member of the UMF association. That means our honey is repeatedly tested to guarantee it meets UMF-rated purity and quality, as well as our family standard of pure happiness!
Our Bee Keeping Team at Melita look after 10,000 hives across the natural and native forests and fields throughout the New Zealand countryside. Our team of 30 beekeepers are busy maintaining the hives throughout the winter months and the hives health is the first and most important art of a sustainable company and creating and harvesting quality pure honey.
The bee keepers use technology and time aged traditions in order to monitor bee health. Our honey is completely traceable back to source. Our beekeeping team track information at the hive and site level, and it is all recorded and noted information that is collected include:
— Maintaining Hive components
— Tracking Field activities
— Disease monitoring Inventory control
— Genetics – optimising our Bee colonies and breeding programs
— Protecting the hives and bees from adverse weather
Independent Testing & Research
We conduct numerous tests from at the hive through to extraction and we continually test our drums to monitor the honeys quality. All of our tests are conducted with independent laboratory tests and kept in our database and we use these to carefully plan and match our honey to our global markets and mix consistent quality batches.
We also work closely with our independent labs to monitor best practices and the latest research and scientific testing as well as being members of UMF® - the leading research body on Manuka honey.
In order to be graded under UMF®, Happy Valley test for Mānuka markers across 4 different spectrums, including the recently discovered Leptosperin. Leptosperin is an abundant, stable, and scientifically researched marker that is unique to Mānuka honey in NZ. This clearly differentiates UMF graded honey as a truly authentic Mānuka honey.
Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is a break-down product of fructose (one of the main sugars in honey), it forms slowly during storage and very quickly when honey is heated. The international food standards requires that the hydroxymethylfurfural content of honey after processing and/or blending shall not be more than 40 mg/kg.
MGO is the compound responsible for the unique properties of Mānuka honey and forms the basis of the UMF grading system.
Leptosperin is also found in Mānuka nectar and due to its unique abundance in Mānuka honey has been identified as the most discerning characteristic to distinguish Mānuka honey from other honey types.
DHA is in the nectar of Manuka flowers and converts into MGO once the bees gather the nectar and turn it into honey.
We have a specialist Honey Packing facility in Auckland that packs for international brands as well as our own brand. We have over 20 years’ experience packing New Zealand Honey and alongside that our Factory has several accreditations that can assure you the products we are packing is of the highest quality and standard.
We use gentle Production methods that enable us to classify our honey as Raw, as we only gently heat our honey through the production process to the temperatures of the natural hive helping to protect and nurture the honey just as nature intended.
We have the below accreditations:
A Grade Food Licence RMP Certification for our factory.
RMP code: HVH1
We take great care to ensure that we don't heat our honey above the antural tempertures of the hive, and therfore elevating the HMF levels.
When we process the honey in our factory we gently warm the honey up so the honey can be worked with and transferred in to the VATS. From there a process of using a seed starter (or creamed honey) is used where the honey is gently warmed and cooled while stirring to thicken and cream the batch.
Quality, Purity and Provence Assurance
All of our honey is traceable back to the hive, so we can assure you of the origin of the honey – and we use Oaye software to show you our customers of the process we undergo to ensure our honey meets Quality Purity and Provence standards.
Carry the UMF Quality Trademark Carry the Fernmark – to provide assurance it’s a NZ Made product Oaye Software tracks your batch of honey back to the source of the honey authenticating the provenance of your honey.
The environment impacts the quality of honey — and while many of these are natural elements and ultimately not controlled by ourselves or our bee keepers — but rather Mother Nature. Our Beekeepers work tirelessly to ensure the environmental factors are controlled and monitored — to find out more head to our Bee Keeping website: melitahoney.com