Kiwi Honey Sector to Appeal Manuka Ruling

New Zealand’s honey sector is appealing a UK Intellectual Property Office decision that declined a manuka honey trademark application.

The ruling stated that UK customers believed manuka honey came from both New Zealand and Australia.

The Manuka Charitable Trust said it would appeal the decision.

“Our shared goal remains to protect the term ‘manuka honey’ internationally so that it may only be lawfully used on products containing Mānuka honey from Aotearoa New Zealand,” said Pita Tipene, chair of the Mānuka Charitable Trust

The trust said it was supported by the Mānuka Honey Appellation Society, UMFHA, Apiculture New Zealand, and New Zealand Beekeeping.

The group believed it was not appropriate for honey producers in another country to use the name ‘manuka honey’ when the plant the nectar came from did not grow in Aotearoa New Zealand.