How We Deliver Quality Honey

Highest Quality Standards

We pride ourselves on producing some of the world's best honey.

Crafting the Finest Honeys

Our customers tell us that our honey is top notch when it comes to flavour and texture. Our master Creamers are craftsman of honey, creating honey creamer that produces the smoothest honeys you have ever tasted, with superior texture, viscosity and crystal size.

Higher Standards

All our honey is inspected at every stage of production and finally passing through a metal detector to ensure the utmost quality.  Every batch is crafted to meet yours and our incredibly high-quality standards then independently verified by accredited laboratories. We have incredibly high standards, but if you need something different to the specification we provide, we can customise it to your individual quality needs. 

Quality Assurance Programmes

We operate a strong Quality Assurance Programme with vigilant compliance and certification systems, supported by our in-house laboratory.

We undertake regular testing of our honey and honey products to ensure our customers are getting top quality and value. Our experienced in-house lab is capable of conducting a wide range of tests to meet our quality standards and those of our domestic and export markets.  Tests are also carried out by independent IANZ certified laboratories to ensure our products comply with the most stringent quality standards. Test results are available via a certificate of analysis, which is validated against our own specifications and those of our customers to ensure compliance with international standards in a wide range of markets.

Testing to International Standards

We know you have high standards, and so do we. That’s why all our Quality Assurance Programmes meet world class guidelines and international standards. We are focused on a high-quality production process and the highest quality assurance standards. Our purpose-built processing facility operates a HACCP based Risk Management Programme and is a certified SQF food production facility, licensed and inspected by New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI). 

Certifications

We hold the following certifications for a range of products that help ensure the quality of our product.

Product Certifications

Our product certifications qualify the standards of product quality we deliver.

Halal

Halal is an Arabic word that means permissible. A Halal certified product means that the product is permissible or acceptable in accordance with Islamic law. In order for products to receive this certification, they must be from an acceptable source and prepared according to these laws. Midlands Apiaries is certified under FIANZ.

Kosher

Kosher is a term to describe any food that complies with a strict set of dietary rules in Judaism. These rules are called kashrut. Midlands Apiaries is Kiwi Kosher certified.

Non GMO

Our products are GMO free. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are microorganism or other organisms whose genetic makeup has been changed in a lab using genetic engineering or transgenic technology, creating foods that do not occur naturally. All honey packed and marketed by Midlands Apiaries is 100 % of New Zealand origin. In New Zealand no fresh produce (fruit, vegetables and meat) is genetically modified and no genetically modified crops (eg, potatoes, sweet corn) are grown commercially.  For more information visit the Ministry for the Environment website.

Glyphosate Free

Our honey has been certified as Glyphosate Residue Free. Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide used across the world. Our honey has been tested by an independent ISO 17025 accredited lab. Further testing is available for specific batches to comply with market Glyphosate free criteria. Find out more about Glyphosate Residue Free certification here.

New Zealand Made & Fernmark

Our honey is harvested, tested, certified and packed in New Zealand. This makes our honey eligible for both New Zealand Made and Fernmark. These certify that our honey is genuine and authentic New Zealand products. 

Organic Certifications

We have a selected and limited range of organic honey, independently certified by third-party agency AsureQuality. AsureQuality certification is recognised by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) meaning our Organic products are recognised as certified Organic worldwide.

Quality Certifications

Our quality certifications ensure that we have the most robust processes and procedures in place to ensure that all products are of the highest quality.

SQF Level 3 Certified

SQF Level 3 is a “Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management System” audited to international standards. Not only does this ensure fundamental food safety controls are in place and risk assessment and implementation of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), but solidifies corrective action is taken that prevents poor quality or contamination. Being level 3 certificated focuses on the quality of our products as well as their safety. We consistently record high levels of compliance and were awarded 98% in 2021. Find out more about SQF certifications here.

HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is an internationally recognised system used to identify and manage significant food safety hazards, and ensure food safety for your business. HACCP can be used throughout all stages of the food chain, from primary production to final consumption, forming an important part of risk-based food safety programmes.

RMP Registered

Risk Management Programmes (RMP) are essential to ensure food safety, ensuring that hazards are identified and controlled, and documenting processes of how we operate and what to do if something goes wrong. This allows security in our production processes to deliver food safely. To find out more about RMP Registration here.

GMP Certified

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification provides certainty of food manufacturing processes and food safety regulation compliance. It is an independent verification that certifies the manufacturing practices and implementation of effective HACCP food safety programme. Fond out more about GMP Certification here.

SEDEX

Midlands Apiaries is a member of SEDEX. The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) aims to improve ethical and responsible business practices within the global supply chains. Find out more about SEDEX here.

Export Registrations

Our export registration allows for smoother transport to international markets. We have a dedicated and experienced in-house Export & Logistics team to make sure your products arrive when you need it, where you need it to be. 

FDA & GACC Registration

We have market-specific registrations to ensure a smooth transition into global markets including FDA registration and GACC registration for the United States and China respectively.

SES Registration

Midlands Apiaries is part of the Secure Exports Scheme (SES), New Zealand’s Authorised Economic Operator programme, that meets the global supply chain security standards set by the World Customs Organization. This means we can minimise Customs delays at international borders and get priority in recovering from trade disruptions. It provides additional privileges such as a secure supply chain from the point of packing to the point of export, further advantages exporting to Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United State of America and minimal trade disruptions from changes in security levels. Find out more about SES here.

Top Quality Auditing Results

Not only do we go through extensive auditing processes to ensure we deliver the best quality for you, but our world-class auditing results speak for themselves. We benchmark ourselves not only against other honey suppliers, but all production operations.

Traceability & Authenticity

As part of our commitment to food safety, we ensure we have clear lines of traceability of all our products.  We know where all our honey comes from and where it ends up.  Along the way we ensure that we are focused on a high-quality production process and the highest quality assurance standards.

Our traceability processes ensure the authenticity of our raw materials so you can be assured the final product is genuine and to the highest possible standard. Our knowledge and experience with quality control, traceability systems, and export requirements guarantee that we operate at the highest standard achievable.

 

Contacts

Adam Boot

International Brand Manager

Ph: +64 27 426 6006

E: honey@midlands.co.nz

Hamish Finnie

Production Manager

Ph: +64 27 405 1273

E: info@midlands.co.nz

Beth Mitchell

Technical Manager

Ph: +64 27 208 4601

E: info@midlands.co.nz