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Honey Essential: How Essential is it to ensure Honey Authenticity?

NEXCO is a globally recognized specialist in honey processing and trade. This webinar outlines NEXCO’s approach to honey authentication, exploring how the company employs NMR technology and the FoodScreener Essential from Bruker in its analysis.

Webinar Overview

Honey fraud remains a deeply rooted problem that has a direct correlation to the survival of beekeepers and the global supply chains surrounding its production. At the same time consumers are increasingly interested in the origin, quality, and authenticity of the honey they purchase; particularly as honey is widely regarded as a premium product sold as a natural, whole food.

These factors mean that it has never been more important to ensure that honey products are genuine, and a brand’s reputation often centers around its ability to provide traceable, verifiable, and authentic honey products.

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, NEXCO S.A. is a globally recognized specialist in honey processing and trade, exporting around 60,000 tons of honey around the globe annually.

NEXCO’s boasts “full traceability from the beekeeper to the drum” and its robust approach to managing honey authenticity has seen the company awarded an array of accreditations and certifications including True Source Honey, HACCP, FSSC 22000, NOP, and IFOAM.

This webinar outlines NEXCO’s approach to honey authentication, exploring how the company’s Honey Collecting and Processing Center employs NMR technology and the FoodScreener Essential from Bruker as a core component of its honey analysis and quality assurance program.

As well as customer relationships and consumer trust, it is vitally important that honey products destined for international markets can meet stringent regulatory compliances, many of which differ between territories.

Using a series of best practice approaches and real-world examples from NEXCO’s laboratories, this webinar will look at how a robust and stringent honey analysis program can ensure that regulatory and quality standards are met and evidenced, that appropriate evidence and traceability are in place to ensure buyer confidence and that the worst-case scenario of undeliberate honey adulteration does not take place.

It will also explore how such a program, and the use of the right tools and techniques, can help protect a company’s vital brand and reputation, building and maintaining trust with customers and suppliers alike – an essential consideration in today’s increasingly competitive markets.

Key Learnings

During the webinar speakers will discuss how NMR as technique can:

  • Technically protect brand and business
  • Attest compliance of origin and purity to the buyer
  • Effectively build trust between buyer and seller
  • Protect your product against undeliberate fraud (at supplier level)

Who Should Attend?

The webinar will appeal to food testers; honey packers, importers or exporters; people working in regulatory or governmental bodies and those ensuring food authenticity and safety in the food industry. It will also be of interest to beekeepers, NMR specialists, and people working in Consumers Packed Goods (CPG) industries and private testing laboratories

Speaker

Prof. Norberto Luis Garcia

Senior Consultant NEXCO S.A., Buenos Aires , Argentina

Prof. García has worked intensely during the recent years creating awareness on the problem of honey fraud through many presentations in international meetings, interviews, and publications in specialized journals. He is a former professional beekeeper and worked for many years as technical advisor of many beekeeping operations in Argentina. He is Senior Advisor of NEXCO S.A. and professor of Apiculture at the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Since 2017, he is President of the APIMONDIA Scientific Commission on Beekeeping Economy. At APIMONDIA, he also chairs the Working Group on Adulteration of Bee Products, in charge of the preparation and updating of the “APIMONDIA Statement on Honey Fraud”.

Marisa Amadei

Quality Manager and Lab Technical Director

NEXCO S.A., Buenos Aires , Argentina

Marisa Amadei Enghelmayer, a Biochemist from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina. She is the Quality Manager of NEXCO S.A. and the Technical Director of the company´s laboratory. She has about 20 years of experience and deep knowledge in honey quality testing, has participated in many national and international meetings, and she has also published articles in specialized journals. Her permanent commitment with honey quality is reflected through the accreditation of NEXCO´s lab under ISO 17025 and through her active participation in the creation of the Argentine Quality IRAM Norms and as a technical expert in ISO/TC34/SC19.

Thomas Spengler

Director Market Management Food Feed Beverages & Head of Lean Customer Development, AIC Division, Bruker BioSpin GmbH

Thomas holds a master degree from Technical University Munich in food engineering and he is in charge of the Food, Feed & Beverage markets. His main focus is to support the business growth, to identify new markets and segments and translate the voice of the customers into new solutions which address their needs.