A NA­TIONAL

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

cam­paign spear­headed by a honey pro­ducer in Tas­ma­nia’s north­west is gain­ing wings as bee­keep­ers band to­gether to stop New Zealand pro­duc­ers trade­mark­ing the word Manuka. Manuka honey, de­rived from the tea tree (Lep­tosper­mum) na­tive to Tas­ma­nia, can re­tail for as much as $120 a jar and is deemed a health prod­uct due to its an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.

There are five com­mer­cial Manuka honey pro­duc­ers in Tas­ma­nia.

In re­sponse to the trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tion in NZ, the Aus­tralian honey in­dus­try has col­lec­tively formed the Aus­tralian Manuka Honey As­so­ci­a­tion to for­mally op­pose any at­tempts to mo­nop­o­lise in­ter­na­tional nam­ing or mar­ket rights.

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