Comvita reimagines future of retail

Comvita reimagines future of retail

Global market leader in Mānuka honey, Comvita, has unveiled its new world-class, multi-channel experiential space, the Wellness Lab, at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

The space uses cutting-edge technology to seamlessly integrate nature and science, and take visitors on a rich and unique multi-sensory journey that will bring an unparalleled depth to their perceptions of honey, Mānuka and bees – so they can fall in love with bees again.

At the heart of the experience is a bookable signature tasting journey, inside the Wellness Lab’s boutique 180-degree theatre – an unforgettable 30-minute experience, hosted by beekeeper and bee-breeder, Noelani Waters.

Brought to life with leading gastrophysicist and sensory science expert, Professor Charles Spence (whose previous work includes collaborations with Heston Blumenthal of The Fat Duck fame), the experience takes visitors on a tasting flight of honeys engaging each of the five senses – celebrating the unique and complex flavour profile of each Comvita mono-floral honey.

Global Head of Marketing Comvita, David Bathgate, says, “The Wellness Lab serves as a world-leading response to the acceleration and adoption of e-commerce, fueled by the global pandemic. The future of retail lies in the delivery of meaningful multi-channel consumer experiences, and we’re incredibly proud to be at the forefront of this movement.”

Every element that consumers interact with as part of their Wellness Lab experience has been carefully designed and sourced to reflect Comvita’s commitment to Kaitiakitanga (or guardianship over nature), and the quality and authenticity of the brand.

The Wellness Lab’s reimagining of the traditional retail experience continues with Comvita’s online 3D virtual store – including a stunningly realistic New Zealand forest for users to explore and learn about the science of our native Mānuka tree, our friends the bees, and the hive.

The new Comvita virtual store can be experienced at, or book the tasting experience here

The new Comvita Wellness Lab is located at 139 Quay Street, Viaduct Basin, Auckland. To enquire about booking a tasting session, email or phone 027 272 5243.

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