Com­pany hits its sweet spot

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - OUT & ABOUT -

‘‘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.

PHOTO: JIM TANNOCK

It was a chal­leng­ing sea­son, but Taylor Pass Honey Com­pany took home 10 awards at a na­tional honey show.

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