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    Default Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    from a Kim Flottum email ---

    Paramount Farming Enters Beekeeping Industry with Acquisition of Headwaters Farm
    A leading farming operation in the almond industry to contribute to the health and longevity of bees for pollination

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Paramount Farming, a leading grower of almonds and pistachios, today announced that it has acquired Headwaters Farm, one of the larger beekeepers in the U.S., to ensure the availability of bees to pollinate almond orchards in California. Going forward, the beekeeping operation within Paramount Farming will be called Wonderful Bees.
    Bees are critical for the annual pollination of almond trees. By getting directly involved in beekeeping operations, Paramount Farming intends to contribute to the long-term health of bees and help the beekeeping industry recover from a recent decline that has been marked by rising costs, greater environmental risks and fewer bees. Beekeepers have been losing a third of their bees every year, on average, for the past ten years. Reports in the last couple of years also point to colony collapse disorder as a reason for a vast, mysterious dying off of honeybees in the U.S.
    One way that Paramount Farming will contribute to the beekeeping industry is by significantly investing in research and development to figure out better ways to care for and protect bees as well as their hives. This initiative will help bridge the gap between beekeeping science and practical, commercial applications. As a leader in growing almonds and pistachios in California, Paramount Farming has been working closely with Headwaters Farm and other beekeeping operations for years on the annual almond orchards pollination, providing the company with valuable experience with bees.

    “The survival and availability of bees doesn’t just impact our almond crop; it impacts the domestic food supply as a whole,” said Joe MacIlvaine, president of Paramount Farming. “We look forward to working with the leaders of our new beekeeping operation, Wonderful Bees, to make sure beekeeping continues to be done right and that the industry itself is supported and healthy for generations to come.”
    Paramount Farming is in the process of creating a beekeeping management training program that lays out a career path for college graduates to join the beekeeping profession. As beekeepers retire, this training program is expected to help raise up the next generation of beekeepers. To boost the entire industry, Paramount will share its best practices with other beekeeping operations.
    “As a beekeeper, I realize how exciting it is to have a big company like Paramount Farming be so committed to making a positive difference in beekeeping,” said David Mendes, founder of Headwaters Farm. “The way Paramount is committing resources and energy to the risky business of beekeeping is courageous and ambitious. I anticipate that Paramount Farming will change the way beekeeping is done.”

    Under the terms of the agreement, Paramount Farming will now oversee and have direct access to Headwaters Farm’s beekeeping operation in Florida. The deal has officially closed. Employees of Headwaters Farm, along with the infrastructure and trucks to nurture and transport the bees in the operation’s 20,000 hives, have joined the Wonderful Bees operation. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

    About Paramount Farming
    Paramount Farming is the world’s largest grower of almonds and pistachios. In tandem with its grower partners, Paramount Farming farms over 125,000 acres that deliver 450 million pounds of nuts globally each year. Its nuts can be found in the produce aisles of grocery stores nationwide under the flagship retail brands of its Wonderful® Pistachios and Wonderful® Almonds. Located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, Paramount Farming and affiliated companies comprise the largest farming operation of tree crops in the world. Follow Paramount Farming on LinkedIn by clicking here.

    About Headwaters Farm
    Headwaters Farm is one of the largest beekeeping operations in the United States. It has been pollinating almonds, cranberries and blueberries for more than 30 years. The operation is co-located in the Florida Panhandle and Fort Myers and has 40+ employees. Headwaters Farm was founded by David Mendes, who is a member of the National Honeybee Advisory Board and a former president of the American Beekeeping Federation. Mendes is also active in advocating for honey bee research through Project APIS m.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Great, just what we need, another 'wonderful' brand name... And to boot, they're going to tell you guys how to get it done right... win win.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Has anyone heard what they are going to do with the bee after almond pollination?

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Wow! This just all sounds so........wonderful.
    http://youtu.be/lLW_mumlri4
    Atta boy Dave.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    The silence is deafening.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    That's great Jim, now every time I'm at the grocery store and I see their Wonderful product, I'll be hearing this in my head!
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Wow! This just all sounds so........wonderful.
    Yes. Wonderful. Laser sharp.

    As the lady sings ( and notice, she's not fat either) she says: "think of all the pleasures we'll share".
    She does. I am not making this stuff up. Just listen. Don't rush.

    In the context of this thread, the singing lady just stops short on defining who the WE is. Yes, pleasure is and will be shared in this arrangement. Agreement actually.

    "Under the terms of the agreement, Paramount Farming will now oversee and have direct access to Headwaters Farm’s beekeeping operation in Florida. The deal has officially closed. Employees of Headwaters Farm, along with the infrastructure and trucks to nurture and transport the bees in the operation’s 20,000 hives, have joined the Wonderful Bees operation. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed."

    Yes indeed. In this specific joining, pleasures will be exchanged. Some, will get more than others. Poetic as it might be, notice the inspiring words in this agreement. Paramount Farming, Headwaters Farm, Wonderful Bees. Now how cool is that?

    But don't get toooo dreamy...or angry about it. Because really, as the say themselves, "Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed."

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    I look forward to learn how to keep bees from Paramount farms. I am sure they will save this industry!! I can't wait to sign up for one of their classes!! Boy oh boy!!! Beekeepers have been losing one third of their bees for the last 10 years!! I hope paramount finds them!! Dave thinks they will change the way beekeeping is done???? Serious?? Still in the same box since like 1850??? How much could they change things???

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    I was hoping to buy a load from Mendes after the 2016 almonds I heard nothing but good news about the bees he sold other than than they were on the mean side. Anybody recommend anybody else?

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Good for David Mendes.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Corporate honeybees. hmmm.

    I heard the same thing about Mendes bees, about them being mean. He has a good reputation in my area (Fort Myers).
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    LARGE DOLLARS I'll bet.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Now they will see why pollination prices are so high.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeHoney View Post
    I was hoping to buy a load from Mendes after the 2016 almonds Anybody recommend anybody else?
    Larry Johnson, k&L honey, look under "for sale thread" good beeman & good bees.
    NUTRA-BEE feed supplements

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Well he finally did it. Dave is laughing all the way to the bank now

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Ive seen his bees after almonds. Very Very nice bees but mean as hell. Had some in my front yard two yrs ago after almonds and had tovwear a veil if outside. Bought some 300 cells three yrs ago. really productive, great brood patterns and hardy but HOT. Farmers I had bees on complained So I requeened. Really good bees but had a temper.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    This is great news, you should celebrate whenever a neighbor gets a great price for his house.
    Trying to be prepared for the flow this time...

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    This is only making news because of who the buyer is. Regardless of what ones personal feelings are about Paramount, when you consider how much they must spend on pollination each year and how important it is to their success, such vertical integration probably makes a lot of sense for them. The irony, they may find, is that their concerns about contracting adequate pollination may just be replaced with worries about the general health of their own bees. And Dave? Well he has been around long enough to have survived the lean times and no doubt remembers that it wasn't too many years ago that you would be hard pressed to find a buyer for a large bee operation. So good for him, he got a nice payback for his life's work. For the industry I fail to see where a whole lot changes aside from the shuffling of some pollination contracts. The ownership of less than 1% of the nations bees has changed hands........at least so far.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    I felt happy for Mendes as well, maybe he got the last laugh... time will tell.

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    Default Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Maybe you guys didn't read the whole article?!?! These arrogant guys plan to start a beekeeping training program to promote beekeeping careers for college students!!!! Umm so when I retire they can have a job. This is crazy. I care nothing of the sale itself, just the level of arrogance. That's it. Sorry I missed the great Dr. at the south dakota beekeepers meeting. Maybe this guy will save the whole industry since in their eyes it's so broken. But good for Mendes.

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