Company hits its sweet spot
‘‘The wet, cold summer was a blow to the industry, but our beekeepers worked extremely hard over extended hours.’’
A Marlborough honey company has won a raft of awards at a national honey show, despite its most challenging beekeeping season yet.
Taylor Pass Honey Co won three golds, two silvers and five bronze awards at the National Honey Show in Rotorua this week. Executive director Darren Clifford says it was a tough season to be a beekeeper. ’’The wet, cold summer was a blow to the industry, but our beekeepers worked extremely hard over-extended hours to make sure we achieved a great crop of honey, albeit smaller than usual.’’ The company produces honey from its own hives in Central Otago, the West Coast, and Marlborough from rata, kamahi, blue borage, honey dew, manuka and kanuka.
Taylor Pass Honey Co, based in Taylor Pass Rd in Blenheim, is one of the largest honey operations in the South Island, Darren says. Each location is unique, and each jar can be tracked back to the hives it came from.
It was a challenging season, but Taylor Pass Honey Company took home 10 awards at a national honey show.