Honey producer honoured
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.