MANUKA HEALTH has opened a new purpose-built honey processing and distribution centre in New Zealand that will greatly expand its capacity to meet the growing demand of its golden honey.
Sales increased by 30% last year and the company has also strengthened its distribution network to take advantage of the rising demand overseas. Manuka Health now exports to 45 countries.
The award-winning Manuka Honey brand has been at the heart of Manuka Health’s portfolio and a major contributor to Manuka’s dramatic growth since its establishment in 2006.
The NZ$10-million (US$7.3- million) customised facility, which is the largest honey factory in the country, will triple production from 672 tonnes to 2,200 tonnes and result in greater scale and efficiencies.
It will also bring together under one roof internationally accredited laboratories, honey-drum storage, blending, packing and distribution facilities.
Describing it as “a milestone event in Manuka Health’s development as a global natural health business”, Manuka Health CEO Kerry Paul said it will help to meet the growing demand for the company’s Manuka honey products.
Paul said the new facility will allow for continued growth and expansion, supporting the company’s commitment to provide premium New Zealand natural products for the well-being of customers everywhere.