KFactor (short for Key Factors) is a manuka honey grading system introduced by Wedderspoon.
According to the company, in order to “identify and measure the complex properties found in Manuka, Wedderspoon has created KFactor™, a holistic multi-stage authentication system named for the Key Factors inherent in this distinctive honey.”
Compliant with New Zealand Food Legislation
The KFactor grading system is based on the pollen count of the honey which is verifiable and explained on Wedderspoon’s product labels. On account of this fact, the KFactor grading system is compliant with New Zealand Food Legislation.
An official letter from the New Zealand government agency Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been published on Wedderspoon’s website.
Meets Approved MPI Standards
According to Wedderspoon, KFactor is one of only a few Manuka rating systems that is officially recognized and meets the approved MPI standards for genuine Manuka.
Therefore, consumers can rely on KFactor to compare the potency of the different Manuka honey within the Wedderspoon family.
Benefits to Consumers
Manuka honey is expensive for valid reasons. Other than its health benefits, Manuka honey is pure and is of limited supply, since genuine Manuka is sourced only from the pristine forests of New Zealand.
Hence, KFactor (or any other rating systems such as UMF and MGO) enables consumers to compare and pay for different strengths of Manuka honey according to their needs.
Manuka honey producers such as Wedderspoon are taking the right approach to protect consumer interests by officially certifying the authenticity of their Manuka.
Choosing KFactor Label
There are three levels of KFactor, namely KFactor 12+, KFactor 16+ and KFactor 22+.
KFactor 12+ guarantees that 65% of the pollen grains in the honey are manuka pollen grains.
KFactor 16+ guarantees that 75% of the pollen grains in the honey are manuka pollen grains.
KFactor 22+ guarantees that 90% of the pollen grains in the honey are manuka pollen grains.