Below are a list of our "Non Negotiables" for our beekeeper suppliers. These are issues that we believe are completely unacceptable and we will not work with any company that does not strictly comply with our quality and safety mandates:
- ALL honey must be traceable in origin, which must be clearly identifiable on the label. Unless specifically agreed, we will not accept any multi-source blended honey and under no circumstances will we accept honey that is blended from multiple countries.
- With the exception of clearly labeled infused honey or similar products (such as hot honey or cinnamon honey) the ONLY acceptable ingredient in our products is 100% Bee's Honey. It is that simple. No fillers, no stabilizers, no sweeteners, nothing else. We buy and sell honey. When we have an infused product, we want to be very clear what the additive is and ensure that the other ingredients are similarly held to our high standards.
- Due to the concerns over the lack of supply chain integrity, we will not accept any honey with a manufacturing origin of China. China is a beautiful country with a lovely and rich heritage and produces a great many fine and high quality products. We are very hopeful that the Chinese honey industry will ultimately adopt integrity standards that meet with our values and that we
- Bees are to be treated as partners in the honey collection process and provided with conditions conducive to them thriving.
- Our honey should never be heated above 97 degrees Fahrenheit, as doing so destroys the beneficial nutrients. While we understand that at certain times of the year warming the honey makes it easier to place in jars, we expect that our beekeeper partners will exercise all necessary precautions to keep the raw honey intact.
- We expect our partners to engage in the ethical treatment of their workers and ensure that they are treated with dignity, their rights are respected and they are compensated with a fair wage for the work performed in light of the local market conditions. Given that we work with producers all over the world of varying sizes, it would be inappropriate for us to dictate exactly what fair compensation in every circumstance would be however we believe that an objective analysis of the cost of production should yield labor as a significant expense versus net profit.
- The greater ecological system must be protected through sustainable agriculture methods and an eye toward long-term conservation.