Aus­tralia, New Zealand fight bit­ter war over honey

Iran Daily - - Tse & Global Economy -

Aus­tralian honey pro­duc­ers have been stung by the news that New Zealand’s honey in­dus­try is in the process of try­ing to trade­mark the word ‘manuka’ around the globe.

In re­sponse, Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers have cre­ated a new in­dus­try body called the Aus­tralian Manuka Honey As­so­ci­a­tion (AMHA) in or­der to fight the bit­ter feud.

AMHA Chair­man Paul Cal­lan­der ex­plained to Xin­hua on Mon­day the func­tion of the new or­ga­ni­za­tion is to en­sure in­ter­na­tional gov­ern­ments un­der­stand the prod­uct is also na­tive to Aus­tralia.

“The Aus­tralian Manuka Honey As­so­ci­a­tion will strive to en­sure Aus­tralia’s manuka honey gets a fair go in the global mar­ket­place,” he said.

“Our new as­so­ci­a­tion is de­ter­mined to pro­tect the in­tegrity and rep­u­ta­tion of Aus­tralian Manuka Honey.”

Con­sid­ered a su­per­food, the buzz around manuka honey comes from its ‘heal­ing power’ and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

Con­tain­ing methyl­gly­oxal com­pounds, the prod­uct is able to fight off su­per­bugs and heal cuts and wounds.

Cal­lan­der said if the cam­paign by New Zealand is suc­cess­ful, it would have a se­vere im­pact on the ca­pac­ity of Aus­tralia’s in­dus­try, as the prod­uct is highly sought af­ter around the world and fetches a pre­mium price over­seas. One of the New Zealand honey pro­duc­ers are at­tempt­ing to trade­mark is China. “China is a mas­sive mar­ket. Around 40-50 per­cent of the world’s manuka honey is sold to China. So we won’t be giv­ing in with­out a fight,” Cal­lan­der said.

New Zealand claims the honey as their own be­cause manuka is an in­dige­nous Mori word.

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