UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF H. H. SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL-NAHYAN, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF THE UAE, MINISTER OF PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS AND CHAIRMAN OF ABU DHABI AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY

  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition

    Centre | Abu Dhabi

  • 09 - 10March

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Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority
and Arab Beekeeping Association in collaboration with
Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

Announces the award

For the Best Natural Honey

As a part of the ApiArab Expo, which will be held at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center – United Arab Emirates, from 9-10 March 2020

INTRODUCTION

The contest aims to contribute to the development of methods of honey packing, exhibiting and marketing, in addition to highlighting all the up to date developments in the field of bees, and to create a spirit of competition between the exhibitors of honey and exhibitors of the tools, accessories and requirements of beekeeping at the ApiArab Expo, which is held on the sidelines of the Global Forum for in Agriculture, where 3 winners will be awarded for the Best Liquid Honey Category (dark, golden and creamy) in addition to 3 winners for the Best Crystalized Honey Category and 3 winners for the Best Wax Honeycomb Category, in accordance with international standards approved in the evaluation of honey contests under the auspices of Abu Dhabi Agriculture & Food Safety Authority and the Arab Beekeeping Association.

All exhibitors at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture as well as beekeepers in the Arab World can participate in the various contests. Each participant will receive the criteria that the arbitrators will adopt in evaluating the entries, which include laboratory standards along with the general quality standards. The results of the evaluation and the winners will be announced on the second day of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, March 10, 2020.

 

General Rules and Instructions

  • An international arbitration committee shall be formed, to include local experts who are not participating in the award.
  • Absolute neutrality of arbitration committee shall be ensured, where the name of the participant in the contest will not be shown to the members of the arbitration committee.
  • The exhibitor shall accept and agree to participate in the contest in accordance with the rules, instructions and standards approved for the contest.
  • The arbitration committee shall determine the results of the evaluation of the different criteria and announce the results to the participants.
  • Only one category (dark, golden or creamy honey) is allowed to participate in the Liquid Honey Contest.
  • A contestant may participate in both the Liquid Honey Contest, Crystallized Honey Contest and the Wax Honey Comb Contest.
  • The registration form must be filled out for each sample containing all the required information and attached to the samples.
  • Samples sent after the contest is finished may not be returned, as they shall be considered as the property of the conference.
  • Samples that do not conform to the standard will be excluded from participation in the contest.
  • It is not allowed to neither touch samples during the exhibition nor take any of them at the end thereof.
  • The award of the arbitration committee is final and binding.
  • The arbitration committee shall grant winners (shield + certificate of honor).
  • The arbitration committee requires that the winner be present during the receipt of the award, and to be registered through the registration page, taking into consideration that registration is free.

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS and RECEIPT OF SAMPLES

First: Conditions for participation in the Liquid Honey Contest

 

  1. To deliver of 1 kg of honey divided equally into two packages of the same specifications (500g each) and quality (one for chemical analysis, the other for sensory and physical analysis)
  2. Packets must be of standard transparent and clear glass with a metal cover similar to Figure 1,
  3. Packages shall be cylindrical,
  4. It is not allowed to stick any label or put any distinguished mark on the packages sent,
  5. Cleanliness of liquid honey bottles and their covers is required,
  6. Filling the packages is required, leaving a vertical space as shown in the figure (1 cm headspace).
  7. Honey shall be homogenous and of natural color, free from defects, impurities and crystallization.
  8. Participants can join up with to a maximum of 2 liquid honey (different floral types) but they are not entitled to more than one award in any one category.

Characteristics of the best quality Liquid Honey

  • Homogeneity,
  • Free from impurities,
  • Free from foreign materials such as waxy residues,
  • Free from air bubbles,
  • Free from foam (white layers floating on the surface)
  • To be normal in odor and taste
  • Hygienic
  • Comply with the UAE National Standard for Honey (UAE.S 147:2017) regarding moisture content, acidity, EC, fructose, glucose, sucrose, F/G ratio and HMF

Second: Conditions of participation in the Crystallized (Granular) Honey Contest

 

  1. To deliver of 1 kg of honey divided equally into two packages of the same specifications  (500g/each) and quality (one for chemical analysis, the other for sensory and physical analysis),
  2. Packets must be of transparent and clear glass with a metal cover similar to that in the Figure No. 1,
  3. Packages shall be cylindrical,
  4. It is not allowed to stick any label or put any distinguished mark on the packages sent,
  5. Cleanliness of liquid honey bottles and their covers is required,
  6. Filling the packages is required, leaving a vertical space as shown in the figure.
  7. Crystalized Honey shall be free from defects and impurities with a natural color.
  8. Participants can join up with to a maximum of 2 crystalized honey (different floral types) but they are not entitled to more than one award in any one category.

Characteristics of the best quality Crystalized Honey

  • Crystals shall be homogeneous in size
  • Degree of crystallization (full or partial)
  • Free from impurities
  • Degree of honey hardening
  • Free from foreign materials
  • Normal in odor and taste
  • Hygienic
  • Color
  • Comply with the UAE National Standard for Honey (UAE.S 147:2017) regarding moisture content, acidity, EC, fructose, glucose, sucrose, F/G ratio and HMF
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Samples of honey (liquid and crystallized) will be analyzed according to the following criteria:

  1. Moisture content
  2. Sucrose content
  3. Glucose content
  4. Fructose content
  5. Acidity
  6. Ash
  7. HMF
  8. Diastase activity

 

*** Non-matching samples will be excluded from participation in the contest and will not be returned to the contestant.

Third: Conditions for participation in the Wax Honeycomb Contest

 

  1. To deliver (1) full wax disc is not fragmented (minimum 500-600g weight, 25mm thick)
  2. To place the comb in a container with a transparent surface and bottom.
  3. It is not allowed to stick any label or put any distinguished mark on the packages sent,
  4. Cleanliness of packages is required.

 

Characteristics of the quality of Wax Honeycomb Contest

  • Maturity (complete and closed hexagonal eyes)
  • Whole comb
  • Comb Color to be bright, translucent between pale straw and light orange
  • Odor and taste
  • Leveling of the upper and lower surface of the combs
  • The presence of pollen
  • Hygienic
  • Absence of defects such as cracks or shrinkage

APIMONDIA SYMPOSIUM
ADAFSA and the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Association are organising the Apimondia Symposium which will run in colocation to APIArab Expo.

The Apimondia Symposium is the largest scientific event for beekeeping in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 9-11 March 2020 to share information and experiences on challenges facing beekeepers in Arid environments and ways to overcome them in order to promote the beekeeping sector and make it more sustainable and profitable.

For more information about the conference, please visit the Link:

APIMondia Symposium Program

 

For those wishing to attend the conference, kindly, register through the following link:

REGISTER HERE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM

 

To communicate concerning the delivery or sending of honey samples, you may contact us directly on

+97156649 5566