Sweetree Awards

  • In the last few of years we have entered our range into the National Beekeepers Association Honey Show and the Taste Farmers Market Awards.  We also entered a honey in the inaugural Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. Here are the details of how we got on:

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards Finalist medal-416Sweetree Kirikiriroa honey has been judged a Finalist in the 2017 Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards.  All products were judged on quality, taste, consistency, visual appearance, packaging, innovation, point of difference, sustainable practices and story behind the product.

The judging panel included respected food writer and champion of New Zealand cuisine, Head Judge, Lauraine Jacobs; Kathy Paterson, food writer; Enzo Bettio, founder of Delmaine Foods and owner of Vin Alto; Anna Tait-Jamieson, NZ Life & Leisure, food editor; Lucy Corry, NZ Life & Leisure contributor and food writer; Mat McLean, head chef/owner of Palate Restaurant, Hamilton and Beef & Lamb New Zealand Platinum Ambassador; Sam Mannering, chef/co-owner of The Homestead Company, Auckland; Nick Honeyman, head chef/owner of Paris Butter, Auckland; Trudi Nelson, food writer, broadcaster and co-owner of Fresh and Emily King (Sustainable Business Network food program).

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards organiser Kathie Bartley says “being a finalist means producers are the ‘best of the best’.  Shoppers can look out for the Outstanding NZ Food Producer quality guarantee as some finalists will showcase their status by attaching finalist medals to their packaging.”


National Beekeepers Association Honey Show


The National Beekeepers Association awards are judged purely on the product with no packaging, marketing or gimmicks to detract from the honey.  All honey is entered in the same packaging and the products are judged on various characteristics such as aroma, colour, cleanliness, taste and texture.



We were judged: Unfortunately we didn't enter a honey this year, it wasn't packed in time.

2015:NBA Awards 2015

We were judged:


This year we entered four products and they all got placings!  We were judged:


We were judged:



We were judged:

Farmers Market NZ Awards



This year we were judged 'Runner Up' with our Four Brothers Reserve honey and 'Highly Commended' with our Kirikiriroa honey.

* We didn't enter this competition in 2014 & 2015

2013Taste FMNZ 3:

We entered all our honeys and dried bee pollen into the 'Taste of NZ Farmers Market Awards'.  

We were judged 'Highly Commended (2nd)' in the 'From the Kitchen Bench' section.

Here is the judges feedback:

There were hundreds of entries this year and while the judges had their work cut out for them your product certainly stood out.  Your products were judged HIGHLY COMMENDED as the best of the best and stood out as a great example of local produce at a Farmers' Market - the judges were highly impressed.

NZ Honey that stings you on the tongue with flavor, the judges could taste the dedication and flavor from each of the 150 hives you have in Waikato…the fact that you seek out nearby floral sources for each batch and that you can delivery that with consistency shows why it is simply some of the tastiest bee flavorsome honeys that we have tasted.

The story behind each variety and the business name show the passion and dedication of the Lynch family as they are embarking on this taste and culinary journey.  All of the products were faultless and the pollen simply outstanding, if everybody knew of the power that bees have and the super foods that they make then the world would be a healthy place.

Great Honeys and products, the recipes just keep on adding to the appeal of a truly real local food producers...these taste are awesome ! 


We entered our Four Brothers Reserve, Marokopa Spring, Marokopa Summer and Marokopa Manuka honeys and Dried Bee Pollen into the 'Taste of NZ Farmers Market Awards'. 

We were judged 'Highly Commended (2nd)' in the 'From the Kitchen Bench' section.

Judges were Jonny Schwass, Nadia Lim & Julie Biuso.  Here is their feedback:

  •  Love it, Like the packaging, great story and family business, no graininess, nice mouth-full and individual honey flavors
  • Interesting bee pollen, serving suggestions on packaging, passionate food producers and it shows in product
  • Love the packaging and the story, really delicious and the real taste of honey flavour,  love the the honey is raw !


We entered our Four Brothers Reserve and Marokopa Summer honeys and Dried Bee Pollen into the 'Taste of NZ Farmers Market Awards'. 

We were placed 3rd in the 'From the Kitchen Bench' section and judged as 'One of the Best and to Watch Out For'.

Judges were Jonny Schwass, Brett McGregor and Zo Zohu.  Here is their feedback:
  • Interesting flavour, caramel flavour really comes through and a good flowing texture
  • Beautiful packaging.  Great Honeys, real regional flavors
  • Bee Pollen is one of the most underrated natural foods that you can find.   Great taste, floral and tart - perfect for breakfast or as a garnish on icecream

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