the airborne standard

Airborne Honey was established in 1910 and is owned by the founding family, New Zealand’s oldest most trusted and technically competent honey company. Behind each jar is over 100 years of experience, plus 30 years of laboratory experience and a comparative database containing more than 40,000 records. Airborne Honey adheres to the International CODEX standard for honey.

Verify Honey Variety


UNFILTERED HONEY: We measure the pollen percentage and total pollen per 10g.

There are several research papers in the scientific domain that refer to microscopic analysis and pollen analysis in particular that give broad indications of required levels of pollen for a single floral source statement to be made. Such as our Floral & Manuka honey.

Pollen Analysis is based on identification of pollen in a sample of honey but may also extend to identification of other particles in the honey e.g. in the case of honeydew.

For honey blends such as our Classic Range we publish the total pollen per 10g to verify they honey is unfiltered. The CODEX states No pollen or constituent particular to honey may be removed except where this is unavoidable in the removal of foreign inorganic or organic matter.

Low HMF = Undamaged


We measure the HMF level as mg/kg.

HMF (HydroxyMethylFurfuraldehyde) is used as an indicator of heat and storage changes in honey.

Raw Honey is a subjective term and gives no indication if the honey has been damaged by heat. Heat damage can occur in the beehive and at any stage after that.

The CODEX states Honey shall not be heated or processed to such an extent that its essential composition is changed and/or its quality is impaired.

The infographic illustrates the average HMF levels in Airborne Honey vs other New Zealand Honey and the CODEX standard (results from over 400 competitor samples analysed).

Low HMF = Undamaged
Trace by Batch Number


Scan our TraceMe QR code to check the variety, quality and origin of the honey in your jar.

Our proprietary quality systems use advanced laboratory procedures and tailored software to track each batch of honey supplied from the apiary site to the jar sitting on your table.

Our Batch No. system: YYWWDB

YY is the year of creation

WW is the week of the year
D is the day of the week (Mon = 1, Tues = 2, etc.)
B is the batch of the day

eg. 192321 is the 1st batch on Tuesday in the 23rd week of 2019

How Monofloral and Multifloral honey is defined – Codex Alimentarius

World wide the International Standards for Honey are laid out in the Codex Alimentarius to which New Zealand is an active signatory. The relevant section for monofloral honeys in the Codex Alimentarius is:

Essential Composition and Quality Factors
3.1 Honey sold as such shall not have added to it any food ingredient, including food additives, nor shall any other additions be made other than honey. Honey shall not have an objectionable matter, flavour, aroma, or taint absorbed from foreign matter during its processing and storage. The honey shall not have begun to ferment or effervesce. No pollen or constituent particular to honey may be removed except where this is unavoidable in the removal of foreign inorganic or organic matter.

3.2 Honey shall not be heated or processed to such an extent that its essential composition is changed and/ or its quality is impaired.

7.1.6 Honey may be designated according to floral or plant source if it comes wholly or mainly from that particular source and has the organoleptic, physicochemical and microscopic properties corresponding with that origin.

7.1.7 Where honey has been designated according to floral or plant source (6.1.6) then the common name or the botanical name of the floral source shall be in close proximity to the word “honey”.

How to authenticate manuka honey – Manuka Honey Science Definition

All honey labelled as manuka for export must be tested by an MPI-recognised laboratory to make sure it meets the new manuka honey definition.

The manuka honey definition is made up of a combination of 5 attributes (4 chemicals from nectar and 1 DNA marker from mānuka pollen). This allows industry to:

- separate manuka honey from other honey types
- identify it as either monofloral or multifloral manuka honey.