Sweetree Awards

Over the years we have entered our products into a range of awards including the ApiCulture NZ Awards (was National Beekeepers Association Honey Show), The Taste Farmers Market Awards & The Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards.  Here are the details of how we got on:
 

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards

These awards celebrate Kiwis who harvest, grow and make food and drinks.  All products were judged on quality, taste, consistency, visual appearance, packaging, innovation, point of difference, sustainable practices and story behind the product.
 

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In 2019 we entered Sweetree Marokopa Spring honey and won a GOLD medal!  We were up against a lot of other products from 'the earth' such as other honeys, spreads, condiments, loaves, crackers, nuts, etc.

Judging is made on the following criteria. PRODUCT: Quality, taste, consistency, visual appearance, innovation, packaging (if applicable), innovation (80%). SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainable business practices in producing the product (10%). BRAND STORY: The story of your brand, how you got here, where you’re going, what makes your product special and demonstrates your passion. (10%).

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award's organiser Kathie Bartley says “This was a great result for Sweetree, we had some awesome honey products this year.”
 


2018

  • We didn't enter in 2018


2017:

In2017-Outstanding-NZ-Food-Producer-Awards-Finalist-medal 2017 we entered Sweetree Kirikiriroa honey Outstanding NZ Food Producers Awards and was judged a Finalist!  All products were judged on quality, taste, consistency, visual appearance, packaging, innovation, point of difference, sustainable practices and story behind the product.

Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award's 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.”

 
 

 Apiculture NZ Honey Show

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This competition is the same at the National Beekeepers Association awards below, they have been renamed Apiculture NZ.  In in this competition, the bee products 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.

2019

  • We received a bronze award for our Kirikiroa in the 'Special Reserve Honey' class. This section was judged on various characteristics such as aroma, colour, cleanliness, taste, texture, floral source as well as the story around the honey.



2018

  • We didn't enter in 2018


2017:

We were judged:

 

 

National Beekeepers Association Honey Show

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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.

 

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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:


2014:

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

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We were judged:

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2012:


We were judged:
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Farmers Market NZ Awards

All products entered into these awards are sold at Farmers Markets throughout New Zealand and were judged on quality, flavour, texture, and packaging.


2018

  • We didn't enter in 2018


2017:

This year we were judged 'Highly Commended' with our Kirikiriroa, Hakarimata and Marokopa Spring honeys.
 

Here is the judge's feedback:

It would be fair to day, that this category (Kitchen Bench - preserves) is perhaps the hardest of all to judge, with your mixture of honey, jams, jellies, fruit pastes, chutneys, sauces etc. They have suggested that it might make things easier to split it up a little.  It is always the biggest category for the judges and one that is very highly fought. The quality of your entries was extremely high, well done to you all. Due to the number of entries, the judges felt it appropriate to award three Highly Commended placings. Here's some specific feedback:

Kirikirioa: was a nice with a nice flavour and light in colour.
Hakarimata: was a nice honey, light in colour with an intense flavour.
Marokopa Spring: had a smooth texture, nice and creamy with a clean flavour.


2016:

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 judge's 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 flavour, the judges could taste the dedication and flavour 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 deliver that with consistency shows why it is simply some of the tastiest bee flavoursome 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 producer...these taste are awesome! 
 

2012:

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 flavours
  • Interesting bee pollen, serving suggestions on packaging, passionate food producers and it shows in the product
  • Love the packaging and the story, really delicious and the real taste of honey flavour,  love the honey is raw!
 

2011:

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 flavours
  • 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 ice cream


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