Australia and New Zealand Battling Over Manuka, the Champagne of Honeys

 In Australia, NewZealand

There’s a fight Down Under over manuka honey, the so-called superfood famed for its antibacterial qualities. On one side, New Zealand beehive owners say they should have exclusive rights to the manuka name. On the other, Australian producers say the manuka tree that gives the sticky stuff its name is an Aussie native and their honey is just as super as its Kiwi cousin.
Manuka honey is a favourite of celebrities like Novak Djokovic and Kourtney Kardashian. More importantly for the honey industry, the product is in high demand in China, where middle-class shoppers suspicious of locally-made food are willing to pay a lot for honey from clean countries. New Zealand-based Comvita, one of the world’s top producers of manuka honey, this week reported 15-month profit of NZ$18.5 million ($17.7 million) on sales of NZ$231 million, about half of which went to Chinese consumers. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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