ChemCentre is internationally recognised as being at the forefront of research involving the certification of Western Australian mono-floral honeys. Research being done at ChemCentre aims to assist efforts by the WA bee industry to address the increasing problems of honey fraud and adulteration, and the traceability of bee products, which are posing challenges to the world honey trade. Work is being undertaken in collaboration between ChemCentre and:


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West Australian monofloral honeys are considered to be among the best in the world and are in high demand by discerning honey consumers internationally. They are highly sought after for their therapeutic benefits, being potentially anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants and are prebiotic - or good for gut health. ChemCentre in partnership with the Bee Industry Council of WA (BICWA) is undertaking a $4.4 million research program that is focused on the development of commercial West Australian mono-floral honeys – Jarrah, Marri, Yate and Powderbark.

Through its research ChemCentre has identified that Jarrah and Marri monofloral honeys, unique to WA, have high levels of antimicrobial activity based on analytical reports received. Floral differentiated honeys like these are attracting high value market sales - ten times the value per kilogram of bulk blended product- and up to 20 times the blended value as a final bottled product in the therapeutic end use market.

ChemCentre is developing certification processes to ensure the integrity, traceability and quality of WA’s monofloral honeys from hive to market, and in so doing, is helping to drive market expansion with exports into the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

The program funded by industry, the State Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Federal Government, through the CRC for Honey Bee Products (CRC HBP) is ensuring a sustainable honey industry by optimising honey value through certified processes and product that meets the international customer needs. The CRC HBP is based in Western Australia and has 26 projects scheduled for delivery over five years, which will focus on national honey industry outcomes.

Driving export sustainability for the WA honey industry

ChemCentre is working in partnership with the Bee Industry Council of WA (BICWA), the WA Farmers Federation (WAFF), the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)and the Fighting Food Waste CRC to develop a certified international distributor framework to extend supply chain control for WA monofloral honeys.

WA’s unique monofloral honeys have been identified as having high levels of antimicrobial activity and are in high demand internationally, including in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, particularly in the high-value, therapeutic end use market.

Postal address

PO Box 1250

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801
e: enquiries@chemcentre.wa.gov.au

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar
Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance