Quality

Quality of Watson & Son's active manuka honey

Watson & Son guarantees the high quality of the manuka honey from their own production. On the labels of the Watson & Son manuka honey glasses you can find the content of methylglyoxal, that is being indicated as MGO "xy" value and that has been tested in the laboratory. Before you buy, please make sure that this value is clearly stated on the glass so that you can be on the safe side that the manuka honey also contains MGO. There are many manuka honeys on the European market that do not contain what is being advertised. We suggest you to play it safe and only buy you manuka honey from a declared Watson & Son manuka supplier.

You can also find a barcode on our manuka honey glasses which enables you to trace back the honey to the beehive where it comes from. With this transparency, we want to accommodate the trust you have in us. This way you can be sure to receive a real manuka honey from New Zealand that also delivers what it promises.

There are two standard guideline systems for the labeling of the quality of the manuka honey by the export association of New Zealand (New Zealand Manuka Honey Exporters Collective). The NPA level (also labeled as UMF value; from 5+ to 25+) says clearly how effective the honey is and the MGO "xy" value states the methylglyoxal content in mg/kg of the manuka honey. The NPA value / UMF value is either determined by a very complex procedure in the laboratory or calculated with the methylglyoxal level. Both depiction variants are possible and authentic.

The higher the number values are, the higher is the content of methylglyoxal and the more valuable is the manuka honey. That's why it's so important to buy from the manuka supplier you trust, because unknown manuka honey brands and treacherous suppliers are out there on the market to mix the cheapest honeys with synthetic methylglyoxal and sell them very expensively.

If you want to be entirely sure that the manuka honey actually contains the methylglyoxal that is advertised on the label, then you should additionally make sure to look out for manuka honeys that were awarded with the Molan Gold Standard. Get more info here about the Molan Gold Standard.

We are also often asked why the manuka honey is being shipped in specially designed plastic containers and not in normal glass jars that honey normally comes in. The reason for that is that the transport of the manuka honey from New Zealand to Germany is very costly and that resources are being spared by using food-safe and light plastic. The light manuka honey glasses save high amounts of transport energy due to their light weight. On top of that they cannot break anymore when the glasses touch each other during the shipping.