Colour & Conductivity

The purpose of this test is to measure the Brix, colour, moisture and conductivity of honey to help determine honey floral origin. This test is applicable to all types of natural honey produced by bees from flower nectar and exudates from plants and insects (e.g. honey dews).

How does Analytica conduct the test

Samples are heated to dissolve sugar crystals and then thoroughly mixed before analysis. The sample is clarified and colour is measured using a spectrophotometer. Moisture and Brix are measured using a refractometer. Conductivity is tested using a conductivity meter.

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica have a fast turnaround time and competitive price. We are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, which means you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How Much & How Long Will it Take

Test / Price / Turnaround
Colour, Conductivity, Brix and Moisture (Full Suite)
$45.00 per sample
3 - 5 Days
Moisture only
$20.00 per sample
3 - 5 Days
Colour only
$35.00 per sample
3 - 5 Days

* Prices in NZ$ exclusive of GST. We can offer discounts for large batches of samples. Please contact us to discuss.

** Target turnaround time = the number of working days we expect to elapse between when we receive your sample(s), and when we email your test report. Urgent samples - please contact the laboratory as soon as you become aware of a need for urgent testing so that we can make plans with you to help meet your needs.


How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample


Approximately 20 to 50 g of sample is adequate for all tests as long as the sample is well-mixed and representative of the bulk being sampled. Sample should be placed in a clean container with a lid. Samples should not contain wax.

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3240 
New Zealand

Analysis Request Form | PDF

Analysis Request Form | WORD

Don’t forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results. 

Please email the Sample Reception team at sample.receipt@analytica.co.nz if you are sending more than 40 samples to make the most of our testing prices and turnaround times.

To send samples from overseas, please see our instructions and import permits.

*For some ideas on collecting a representative honey sample, have a look at this article published in 'The New Zealand BeeKeeper'.


Analytica Laboratories

P: +64 7 974 4740
E: sales@analytica.co.nz

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton 3214
New Zealand


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