Supreme winner of Timaru’s 100% Pure New Zealand Honey at the National Honey Competition
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A honey producer from Timaru is the darling of the beekeeping industry after winning eight medals in the Beekeeping New Zealand national honey competition, including the top prize.
“We’ve come so close in 2019, so it feels good to finally win the award,” said Jarved Allan, COO of 100% Pure New Zealand. Thing.
“And we will do it again next year,” he said.
“My 18 years of working at 100% Pure NZ Honey, mastering what we do to showcase this premium product, helped win this award.”
The Washdyke-based company’s four medals were split between Gold and Silver and Covered Liquid Honey, Naturally Granulated Honey, Creamy Honey, Honeydew and Cut Comb.
Sean Goodwin, Managing Director of 100% Pure NZ Honey, said winning the award was a big recognition for the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week.
“We’re very proud to win this award, and it’s a good reflection of our honey processing methods and Jarved’s 18 years of experience,” said Goodwin.
There were more than 1,000 conference delegates in Rotorua for a three-day event with the winners named at a gala dinner on Saturday night.
Rotorua-based non-commercial beekeeper Kim Poynter finished second with three gold, one silver and one bronze and in third place Jody and Ralph Mitchell of Kaimai Range Honey of Tauranga who received a gold medal, two silver and one bronze. medal.
All the honeys entered in the competition were blind tested by a panel of three judges and an international point scale was used to determine the winners in 12 main categories.
“It was an absolute pleasure to taste these honeys during the last day and a half and extremely difficult to determine the winners. The number and quality of nominations continues to increase each year, showing the true wealth of talent in our industry, ”Chief Justice Maureen Conquer said in a press release.
Beekeeping New Zealand chief executive Karin Kos said in the press release that prices were hotly contested among beekeepers and honey producers.
“Our industry knows that a medal at the ApiNZ National Honey Awards indicates the best quality of honey. We have so many beautiful honeys available in New Zealand, but the National Honey Prize winners have produced something really special.
The beekeeping conference also saw awards given to people who have made outstanding achievements in other areas of the honey industry, including science, innovation, sustainability and photography.
Science (Peter Molan Trophy): Dr Phil Lester of Victoria University of Wellington for his outstanding contribution to beekeeping science.
Innovation (Roy Paterson Trophy): The New Zealand company Ecrotek for its beekeeping innovation for its plant-based and carbon neutral bee frames.
Sustainability (Beekeeping New Zealand Sustainability Award): Hantz Honey, of Leeston, South Canterbury, for their commitment to sustainability within their business.
“Unsung Hero Award”: Hawke’s Bay beekeeper John Berry for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
Supreme Photography Winner (ApiNZ National Photography Competition): Hazel Moran, Auckland non-commercial beekeeper.
Public Prize: Lindenberg Gomes for his portrait filled with bees.