Waitemata Honey Company was at the forefront of the development of UMF.
Michael Stuckey, who was the manager of the company at the time, became aware of Manuka’s medicinal properties when the man he originally worked for could only obtain solace from the pain of a stomach ulcer by regular consumption of Manuka honey. The conventional remedies were not helpful. At the same time Michael became aware that Whangarei hospital (further north in New Zealand) was using honey to dress wounds which did not respond to conventional remedies. That could only be Manuka honey as nothing much else flowers up there. He also learned that a food scientist at Waikato University was studying the medicinal qualities of the honey.
The rest is history. Michael and some other members of the New Zealand Beekeepers Association teamed up with the scientist and employed a marketing expert to guide them in commercialising the UMF benefits. Michael was secretary of that development unit for some 5 years, and then with the job done he passed the reigns over to another.
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