Manuka Honey 3-in-1

The mānuka honey 3-in-1 test is for anyone interested in mānuka honey – including beekeepers, buyers and sellers of bulk honey, and honey processors producing and labelling final product for sale.  Mānuka 3-in-1 test results will tell users about the grade of honey at the time of testing, as well as the HMF which is an important international measure of the age and heating of honey.

This test measures concentrations of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), MG (methylglyoxal), and HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural) in honey samples, and calculates NPA (non-peroxide activity) from the MG result using a conversion equation provided by the UMF Honey Association. MG and NPA are commonly used for mānuka honey grading. 

Results for the mānuka 3-in-1 test change over time, and the Manuka Forecast provided free with the test estimates the future grade of the honey if carefully stored. Built on data from a number of years of incubation experiments, the report helps identify the future potential of honey when stored carefully.  

Any honey types can have a 3-in-1 test and the results will give an indication of how much (if any) mānuka nectar was collected by the bees when the honey was made.

If you are interested in knowing more about the potential of mānuka plants to produce high grade honey, consider using a Manuka Nectar test.

UMF Licensees that require UMF Release Certificates to be issued for submitted samples, please use the UMF Release Certicate request form. Select from the following: PDF or Word Doc*Note: UMF® is available for UMFHA licensees only

You can read more about Manuka 3-in-1 testing in our News & Resources here: Manuka 3-in-1 Testing

How does Analytica conduct the test?

Analytica can test waxy or comb honey for 3-in-1 as well as extracted honey.  A sub-sample is extracted in ultra-pure water, derivatised and analysed by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with UV detection.


3-in-1 is an IANZ accredited test

Pricing and Turnaround Time

1 - 2 day TAT of 3-in-1 results. Please contact Analytica for current pricing on 07 974 4740 or at 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica have a fast turnaround time and competitive price. We are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, which means you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample

To have your honey tested, send approximately 50g of honey in a plastic pottle with a screw lid.  A representative sample* is required. 

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3214 
New Zealand

Get Analysis Request Forms

Don't forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results.

Please email the Sample Reception team at if you are sending more than 40 samples to make the most of our testing prices and turnaround times.

To send samples from overseas, please see our instructions and import permits.

*For some ideas on collecting a representative honey sample, have a look at this article published in 'The New Zealand BeeKeeper'.

Analytica Laboratories


P: +64 7 974 4740

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3345,
Hamilton 3240
New Zealand


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