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    Default bulk honey?

    Where do I distribute my honey? Very soon I will have 55 gallon drums to get rid of.

    Any big CO. out there.

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Don't get rid of it. Sell it. It's a different attitude/perspective. You are a seller now.

    I'm not familiar w/ West Coast Buyers. Someone else will have to help you there. How many barrels will you have to sell?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    This year I have found local sources that will take the honey... Since my apiaries are growing I need to think ahead. It was hard selling all the honey this year... Barrel wise it should be 20 or so... Not to much but It should be doubling and tripling very soon because come spring time 100 hives will turn into 200 hives... This year was drought but farmers here water their alfalfa and peppermint so there was quite some honey.

    Any info will help...

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Why did you put all your honey in a 55 gallon drum???
    Buckets are easier to move than a 55.

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    We move the barrels with a bob cat and the buckets by hand. Toting 2 60 lb buckets is tough on this old man. Running the bob cat is easy. The small bottlers will buy by the barrel around here. It's fun setting a 55 barrel on the back of a pickup truck... collect the money first

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Quote Originally Posted by soupcan View Post
    Buckets are easier to move than a 55.
    Buckets are harder to sell to people who are used to buying barrels of honey.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Herb,
    you don't put your buckets on pallets and move them w/ the Bobcat? I do.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Mark- we roll the 55's out of the honey house with a big ole dolly and set them on pallets then onto whatever the buyer is hauling. We can't drive the bob cat into the honey house - so we just carry the buckets out to whatever they are driving. If we were not already carrying them.... the pallets would be nice. One day I would like to have a honey house with bob cat access.

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Pallet jacks work nice too.

    Please send me a PM. I can't send one to you for some reason.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    If this "barrel business" keeps up I will look into a Pallet Jack.

    PM sent.

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Shipping drums off is more efficient.

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Quote Originally Posted by hpm08161947 View Post
    If this "barrel business" keeps up I will look into a Pallet Jack.

    PM sent.
    Look into a barrel cart for the barrels and a pallet jack for the buckets. I used to load my flatbed w/ buckets using a hand cart w/ a long tongue. They are less costly than a pallet jack.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Thumbs Up Re: bulk honey?

    I pack it in whatever the customers want. Easier to do that as you going then to try and transfer it in what they want later.

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    Default Re: bulk honey?

    Look at northerntool.com, under their material handleing tools. they have drum dollies and carts.

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