Exclusive Swiss department store Globus has swooped to snap up the first large overseas export of award-winning Origin Honey, Scotland’s leading sustainable honey brand.
Origin is produced from Plan Bee Ltd’s ethically managed beehives which support dwindling honeybee populations in Europe. The multi-award winning company is a unique eco-innovator, producing the highest quality Scottish honey.
Nirmala Alterher, Globus’ Head of Corporate Communications said:
“Our customers expect unique brands of the finest quality, and that’s certainly what Origin Honey has to offer. The blend of Scottish heather honey and Glengoyne single malt whisky is certain to become a favourite with our clientele, and fully embodies our ‘savoir vivre’ ethos.”
Origin Honey worked closely with Scotland Food & Drink to prepare their international offering, with the organisation providing invaluable advice and support. It is an important year for Scotland, with businesses across the country looking to gain a foothold in overseas markets during this Year of Food and Drink.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink added:
“Plan Bee’s Globus listing is great news. Scotland is rife with innovative companies like Plan Bee who are making great contribution to Scotland’s growing reputation as a Land of Food and Drink. Premium products produced to high standards with a great provenance story are central to the sector’s efforts and whilst our iconic products like Scottish salmon, Scotch whisky and Scotch beef are well known, we are blessed with an amazing diversity of products too. Honey is also now making its mark in international markets and as our industry continues its efforts to drive up export trade, it is great to see Plan Bee making its own significant contribution.”
The company’s sustainable honey products have already received acclaim from high-profile customers with the product used at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and by leading television chef Jamie Oliver. With the help of Scotland Food & Drink, Plan Bee is already looking at a number of other overseas markets in which to export its Origin Honey branded products and Beehive Brae Mead.
Origin Honey recently lifted a prestigious two stars for its Heather Honey and an individual star for its Blossom Honey at the Great Taste Awards, the eminent food industry Oscars. This was among a total of FOUR stars achieved by the company.
John Farrand, managing director and organiser of Great Taste said:
“Plan Bee has done exceptionally well in its first year of entering Great Taste. To receive three awards overall, one of which is a 2-star rating is testament to the quality of this honey. The judging process is rigorous, with a minimum of 10 palates, at least, tasting each product and Plan Bee should credit themselves among the UK’s elite food producers.”
Origin Honey works with the Glengoyne distillery to produce a whisky blended rich honey product, which was a key part of the Globus order. The robust tasting heather honey and runny Scottish blossom honey also comprised the remainder of this inaugural export for the retailer which is considered in the same vein as Harrods and Selfridges on the continent.