Re: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isnít Honey
Those of us who produce and market honey on a large scale get a bit testy when a thread like this shows up and you find yourself in a cyber-debate with someone that has little or no background in either honey production or marketing. I, like Ian, sell large quantities of honey. What we sell is a marvelous product, no different than what the beekeeper raises who has a hive or two in their backyard. In many cases better depending on the investment the producer has made in stainless honey handling equipment where you can easily spend $100,000 on an extracting system. We have families and workers with families, and lots and lots of other expenses. So who is going to buy this crop? We sure don't have the time to try to market a few hundred pounds here and there. There are only a few major packers that market honey to the majority of honey consumers in the country and they are for the most part very reputable. When you sell your crop to them it isn't accepted until it is tested for adulterants and chemical residues. They process it and pack it in the manner that their customers demand and that they have found to be profitable. If they aren't profitable they are not in business. I understand these realities, Ian and some others "get" it as well. We don't appreciate uninformed and slanted articles such as this implying that the consumer is being given something other than what they thought they were getting. I wish everyone could be informed about the quality of unprocessed raw honey, it sure would make things easier for everyone in this industry. Unfortunately they aren't. I learned first hand the cost of chargebacks when grocers pulled my granulated product off the shelf. In the meantime I give little credence in listening to the lectures by those whose breadth of knowledge in this area is pretty much what they just learned about somewhere and graciously provided a link so we can all be as informed as they are.
Last edited by Barry; 02-10-2013 at 11:20 AM.
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