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Beekeeping

"As a beekeeper for Zealandia Honey® this means I need to understand the special relationship bees have with the flowers"
- Andrew Stratford

The people behind Zealandia Honey®

Trusted beekeepers

Natural As Standard.

The Mānuka honey tree (Leptospermum scoparium) grows uncultivated throughout, Aotearoa, New Zealand. This gives beekeepers the opportunity to place their hives in some of the remotest regions of the country. Untouched by human interference and mostly free from pesticides and other harmful products. We are lucky to have this pristine land at our expense and to ensure you only get the best from our land we test our honey for pesticides such as glyphosate and foreign matter. We encourage beekeepers to use biodegradable products whilst maintaining a healthy hive and bee population.

Don't Be Greedy

The nectar that bees bring back to the hives contains sugars and high protein pollen and is essential for the survival of the bee colony. A healthy hive will produce a lot of honey and being too greedy as a beekeeper does not benefit your little workers at all. To avoid having to provide additional 'feed' to the bees we encourage beekeepers not to take all honey out of the hives and feed wastage back to the bees. We ask our selected beekeepers to avoid adding refined sugars. Sugars produced from tropical plants like sugar cane and maize or corn are produced using a photosynthetic pathway referred to as the C4 pathway. Nectar which is collected by bees comes from plants that use a different process of photosynthesis, referred to as the C3 pathway. This way we can identify adulteration in honey through a simple laboratory test that we perform on all our products.

Doing More For The Community

We're commited to doing more for the community by trying to establish fair trading between beekeepers, local businesses and manufacturers because we all work hard and deserve a fair price. Working together with local businesses, supporting the beekeeping community around us. For those honeys bound to a geographical location we try and use the resources in that specific region. By keeping the hives close to our packing facilities we can reduce the carbon footprint of our beautiful products. We don't want to leave a mark on the planet, we want to leave a mark when it comes to honey production by using sustainable practices and resources.
Good Honey grows on trees

Story from the field