Honey pro­ducer hon­oured

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

A TAS­MA­NIAN honey pro­ducer which sends its sweet prod­uct to more than seven coun­tries has been named re­gional ex­porter of the year.

Blue Hills Honey, based in Maw­banna in the North-West, in­creased its honey ex­ports, fa­cil­i­tated through Aus­tralian Quality Honey, by 45 per cent in 2017-2018 de­spite its pro­duc­tion be­ing hit by a bush­fire in Jan­uary 2016.

“Sales to Ja­pan rose by 700 per cent thanks to the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts such as honey-flavoured mouth spray, pet-care prod­ucts and sin­gle-use sa­chets,” man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ni­cola Charles said.

Ms Charles also won the Tas­ma­nian Women in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Award in the 2018 Tas­ma­nian Ex­port Awards an­nounced late last month.

The Charles fam­ily have pro­duced honey for 60 years.

“Over th­ese decades, Blue Hills Honey has strived to pro­duce in­no­va­tive, unique pre­mium hon­eys for global mar­kets,” Ms Charles said.

“From our re­gional lo­ca­tion in the north­west we are proud to ex­port world­class Tas­ma­nian honey to many coun­tries in­clud­ing Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Ger­many, the UK, Ja­pan, Rus­sia and Viet­nam.

“Ex­ports ac­count for al­most 70 per cent of Blue Hills Honey pro­duc­tion.”

She said the de­mand for Tas­ma­nian honey owed much to the state’s clean and green rep­u­ta­tion.

RAPID GROWTH: Blue Hills Honey man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ni­cola Charles at the Maw­banna plant.

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