The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Yes Our Online Store Is Open During Lockdown

Written by Stephanie on March 29th, 2020.      0 comments

Beekeeping and Honey Processing Is Essential Business


Beekeepers are essential businesses for bee welfare and / or processing food.  So yes we can still send orders from our online store during the lockdown period.

Our industry, as part of the Agriculture sector, has been granted a dispensation to provide the essential ongoing care of our bees who play a critical role in our rural ecosystem for both horticulture and pasture feed, and furthermore as a food producer, enabling packers to continue processing honey.  There are strict protocols we must follow to continue our licence to operate. 

MPI has stated that all essential services must change the way that they operate to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. This means that in order to continue operating, all beekeeping businesses, no matter what size, will have to develop protocols to ensure the virus cannot be spread in your working environment, but also that staff are observing all safety guidelines when they are not at work.


How Will Sweetree Work During the Lockdown?


Luckily our business is based from home so is in self isolation with us, and in our bubble is only Martin, myself and our two teenage boys.  We are all healthy and put ourselves into isolation from Monday 23rd March to keep our family and business safer from the virus.  

When sending out orders we will be using clean disposable gloves and face masks.  There will be only one person handling your order until the courier picks it up from our property.  Because we can't guarantee the outside packaging after it's been through the courier processing we suggest you either wear gloves opening your order or wash your hands a soon as the package is open.

If anyone in our bubble is feeling unwell or has any mild symptoms (even just tickly throat) they will not be processing any orders or be anywhere near the Sweetree products.

You can be rest assured we will do our best to send you quality and safe products.  If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact us.
 

Purchase safely from our Online Store


Martin-at-Ohui
 
 

Great News - We Won Silver!

Written by Stephanie on March 29th, 2020.      0 comments

We've had a little bit of good news at this unsettling time. We entered our Sweetree Four Brothers Reserve honey in the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards and won a SILVER medal!  

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. We were up against a lot of other products from 'the earth' such as other honeys, spreads, condiments, loaves, crackers, nuts, etc.

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Judging this year was made on the following criteria:

Product: Aroma, flavour, consistency, quality, visual appearance, innovation, innovation (75%).

Sustainability: Sustainable business practices in producing the product (15%). 

Brand Story / Originality: The story of your brand, how you got here, where you’re going, what makes your product original and demonstrates your passion. Packaging, if applicable, is also considered as part of this score. (10%).

Judges' comments: A very smooth and enjoyable honey. Just delicious.

Sustainable judges feedback: Good environmental story: local honey business with a focus on biodiversity. Good consideration of packaging (glass) and the supply chain. EV for transport. Next steps to progress to goal to become carbon neutral (consideration of energy etc). Impressive work with the council to populate bee population. Work with the community. 

Find out more about our Four Brothers Reserve honey!

 
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What do our customers say?

"This honey so delicious!  It taste just like when I was a kid, rather than the supermarket brands"  Anna Bradford, Rotorua
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