The Buzz Around Manuka Honey

New Zealand’s iconic manuka honey has recently hit international headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Previously touted as a natural therapy for everything from sore throats to cancer, the price of manuka honey has sky-rocketed and is now one of the most expensive honeys in the world. Small jars can even fetch up to $300-500 in some Asian markets. But demand outweighs supply, and overseas markets are not so sure our manuka honey is genuine anymore. Manuka is only one of a number of indigenous honeys, yet over the last 15 years, manuka honey exports have gone from a few million dollars to more than $170M in 2013.

Join Dr Karyne Rogers, a senior scientist at GNS Science who has been involved with manuka honey industry for the last 15 years, testing for adulteration and fraud. She will outline some of the science, marketing and politics around manuka honey, and explain how you can be sure you are buying a genuine product, as well as bring a few of her favourite honeys to share with the audience.

Thursday 31st July 2014
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Wholly Bagels
34 Knights Road
Lower Hutt

Supported by: GNS Science, Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch,
Wholly Bagels (Lower Hutt) and Hutt City Council