Manuka honey can be expensive - so know what you are buying!
Manuka honey is a scarce resource, produced only from New Zealand, supplying a growing worldwide market. Increased production costs, coupled with supply/demand dynamics, have been pushing retail prices up over the past several years. Buying smart is complicated by three fundamental factors: activity level, activity rating scale and packaging size. Activity level and rating scale are by far the most important determinations of cost per gram or cost per ounce for Manuka honey. High activity Manuka honey can retail for 5 times the price of a low activity Manuka honey. In this regard, understanding the rating activity scale is crucial to knowing what you are paying for. New Zealand law now dictates that producers must either use the actual lab tested result of Methylglyoxal (MG) in mg/kg, or the equivalent Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) scale. UMF is derived directly from the MG rating. For example, our 480+ honey equates to 14.4 on the UMF scale. Most Manuka producers sell their product in either 250g or 500g plastic containers. Our Bees & Trees Manuka honey is delivered in a 380g glass jar. Our direct "hive to jar" approach also results in a product that our customers tell us is superior to other brands. We sell directly to you, the consumer, by-passing layers of distribution and retail markup, at a cost that is 33%-50% cheaper than competitive products. Be an informed consumer and buy better honey at a better price.