Honey Testing

Honey Testing

At Hill Labs we have an extensive range of honey tests. These are performed using the latest technology and methods, and are analysed on state-of-the-art instruments.

We're committed to providing exceptional customer service, with a team of dedicated honey Client Services Managers. 

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Our turnaround times:

Next day: 3-IN-1 Honey Suite, Manuka 5 Attributes, Glyphosate, Tutin, American Foulbrood (AFB), Leptosperin
4 days: C4 Sugar Screen
5 days: C4 Sugar AOAC, Diastase, Moisture, Colour

Manuka 5 Attributes

Our Mānuka 5 Attributes test is the MPI science definition of Mānuka honey, as announced 11 April 2017. This test is for MPI's General Requirement for Export (GREX) for honey.


UMF® Release Certificate

For members of the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) that require a UMF® Release Certificate.


3-IN-1 Honey Suite

A combination of three of our most popular manuka honey tests (MGO, DHA & HMF) all done as one analysis using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC).


Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA)

MGO results are converted into Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA). NPA is an indicator of the activity in manuka honey. NPA can be requested with the 3-in-1 Honey Suite at no extra cost.


Leptosperin in Manuka Honey

Leptosperin is a natural product in manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) honey and is required with the 3 in 1 Honey Suite and Manuka 5 Attributes for a UMF® certificate.



Tutin is a toxic compound that may be present in honey that has been produced where tutu plants are present. Testing for Tutin in honey is regulated under an Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) standard.


American Foulbrood (AFB)

American foulbrood (AFB) is a fatal bacterial disease of honey bee brood caused by the spore forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.


C4 Sugar AOAC

The C4 sugar test detects if honey has been adulterated by the addition of sugar.


C4 Sugar Screening

The C4 sugar screen is a cost effective and timely analysis used to screen for possible honey adulteration.



Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide. Glyphosate testing in honey is now a requirement for any producer exporting to Japan.


Other Honey Tests

We offer a variety of honey testing types. Check the complete list of tests available for you.


Special pricing for ApiNZ members

We support the work that Apiculture NZ does for the broader honey industry, and are glad to be able to provide additional benefits to ApiNZ members through favorable pricing for our services. To view the list of discounts click here. Please use this request form to receive the special pricing.

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What our customers have to say

"We've always found them to be responsive in getting results back and giving advice on problems we might be facing."

Andrew Hutchinson, Technical Manager, Turners & Growers

"We strongly recommend Hill Labs as a sound testing service provider to the honey industry."

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