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  1. Supermarket scandal sees honey 'bulked out with cheap sugar syrups' | Daily Mail Online WWW.DAILYMAIL.CO.UK Tests conducted on own-brand honeys from Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda suggest they have been bulked out with cheap syrups made from rice and corn - without the retailers' knowledge. But the price comparisons are interesting.
  2. Indeed, but it has to be PURE honey - ideally not blended with other sugar syrup fillers and good quality stuff, from countries like NZ. Despite the utterly stupid glyphosate-free marketing coup that was attempted (the longer term implications of this were commented on by another in a different thread) there is nothing better than dark, aromatic NZ honey for soothing the inflamed throat. Three days ago, that special tonsilitis feeling flared for me (as it does frequently enough to be annoying but not for surgery) and given current conditions, a visit to the Doc would likely be less than productive in all honesty. So, I self-medicated with a couple of panadol at breakfast and frequent dips into the best manuka honey I have on hand off a teaspoon as I work away doing paperwork in the office plus a glass or two of red wine in the evenings. Day 3 should normally be really unpleasant but I'm actually ok. Thick throat, sound funny and feel a bit yuuurk but I reckon if I keep this up another day, I'll be good as gold in another day or so. The manuka honey stings a little at the back of the throat as I suck it off the spoon - I'd like to think it is working at doing something!
  3. That is sadly true - in fact one of the 'stupidly' things that was done was the loose use of the phrase "low grade" honey and aligning it with the 'low value' and - ahem - the strong inference that it was therefore, 'low quality'. Then, when queried about the usage of 'words' was explained that it was just an industry term and that - ahem - it wasn't actually used in marketing to customers (was it? ...) horse bolted, door closed.
  4. If those two TV news items were months in the making, then it really does speak volumes (of trash) about the overall quality of ANY news item being presented. On a personal note, I was actually suffering skin-creep during the second such item and not over the use of round-up. It was bad, but for reasons of delivery and choice of the interviewee(s). The tenuous relationship between beekeepers and farmers - well, I would not like to see that person coming on to my farm again. Whether other companies were approached or not, how are we to know. Puriti answered the (one and only ?) call, presumably they had something to say... but they could have been more truthful in that all honey is tested and that the levels are practically undetectable. They just had an opportunity to market the fact that some of theirs was luckily 'glyphosate-free". Was the price of NZ honey looking like trending back upwards in a way that might be difficult to compete for stocks again, and it became necessary to stomp it right back down to ensure that you have 'pick of the litter'? I kind of had to get that off my chest. I sound sour, I know.
  5. Looking at adding an agitator or stirring mechanism to add to my existing honey tank. Had a quick flick through the googles and see that there are various sorts on the market for food applications - not specifically for honey but for solids/general blending both overhead and portable options. Has anyone successfully retro-fitted a tank stirring system for batch homogenisation in the up to 5 drum category?
  6. A very good question. Whilst the mono "number" is 5 or greater, what "good 2MAP" means is wide open for speculation? I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they know what "good 2MAP" actually is .... or certainly what the buyers are using as their leverage points. It just seems like another way to exclude product that is actually very good and drive down the value, but maybe I am being too cynical.
  7. No-one it seems. Bits and pieces here and there perhaps - piecemeal approach and potentially only picking the cream of your crop out of your stores?
  8. I realistically don't think building another shed is affordable for anyone right now. It seems to be a case of container cities and RMP boundaries expanded around the footprint to squeeze as much as possible without having to spend money on a total RMP site map overhaul. It depends on the space you have on the site I guess. Before I would have said the larger would survive, but I just don't know now. C reporting negative earnings but in reality how much is accounting "management" for its long term benefit? I'm more a fan of accepting the price we are offered (if you are even offered a price) and moving the oldest crop (if you can) Isn't ANY cashflow is better than NO cashflow? Honey isn't perfect forever in a variable storage environment (shipping container vs temperature controlled building) and in a rustable drum. The hot summer (no, it's nothing unusual really, experienced plenty) means that some honey stored in shipping containers longer term may will be at risk of going over acceptable levels of HMF (unless of course they are all hooked up and refrigerated which i doubt) and drums themselves will deteriorate if condensation pools. How many can spare the time and money to offload all the drums and inspect them every so often for deterioration and collect samples to monitor product spoilage (or not). Maybe I am overly compliance-concerned in that respect. Is it possible we could we reach a point where buyers might just refuse to purchase honey that was extracted and stored say 3 years ago unless it has effectively been frozen? Holding out for a certain price is fraught with possibilities of loss along the way and selling at any price isn't a recipe for long-term success. Ok, yes, I was rambling but sometimes the head is assailed with thoughts.
  9. Hmm, maybe. But then again, the welfare of the horse is paramount (pardon the slight pun) and insofar as the spending of the $ - independent horsewomen (I should say horse people to be correct these days) tend to value truck maintenance higher than their bank managers even ... (think about it ... ?) However, I shall never again assume that all bee folk are good truck maintainers then .... somewhat a dashed perspective right there.
  10. Crikey, I always thought it was dairy farm trucks to avoid ...
  11. I get a google alert for "honey" most of which end up being superficial references to screen stars eating honey, being honey, playing honey, a honey of a house ... then the odd "journalistic" piece that gives you pause for thought. Exactly what are people going to eat in future .... https://www.fastcompany.com/90457908/eating-honey-is-more-complicated-than-you-might-think
  12. Up near View Hill / Oxford Forest I see there is a big bee farm - 2,500,000 bees according to the gate sign. They were flying over 1km away at the view hill car park and getting into the Manuka?? bushes there. The number of beehives in the Mt Oxford area is absolutely massive - would blow your mind - all there for honey dew as that is the predominant honey sort. What little manuka is there would just infect good honey dew (a far nicer honey anyhow)
  13. The weather is the critical issue in this area though. it might flower but it is too cold for active bee flying, or just too darned windy. Its not easy gathering a crop of anything unless you get a bit of leeway with some fine enough and warm enough weather, aside from all the other factors.
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