Featured Article: Using every tool in the box to combat honey fraud
Adulterated honey is a major threat to the industry, which is why companies like Intertek are employing powerful testing capabilities to detect chemical modifications to combat honey launderers.
Honey has always been big business, but in recent years, demand for the product has seen a major increase. The size of the global market for this natural, energy-rich sweetener grew to $9.79 billion in 2019, and is expected to reach $14.43 billion by 2025.
However, the increasing popularity of honey only serves to further incentivise exploitation of the market with fake or adulterated products. According to the Honey Authenticity Project, honey is the third most-adulterated food in the world, with adulteration being found in as much as 33 percent of all honey products. With each passing year, these fraudulent products become more common and more difficult to detect, which is why a broad and innovative portfolio of quality analysis tools is needed.