Honey, we’re gold

Awards. Blue Hills Honey has buzzed away from the 2015 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards with 19 medals in a record for the Mawbanna business.

Held annually, the awards promote excellence in food with judges viewing more than 1400 products against stringent criteria.

Winning in every category of honey entered this year, managing director Nicola Charles said the consistency is a reflection of “the great team we have at Blue Hills, who take a lot of pride in their work”.

“The north west produces a quality product that the rest of the world want,” Mrs Charles said of the product. “I think sometimes we don’t realise [this].”

The winning medals are made up of eight gold, nine silver and two bronze, in the categories of Extracted Liquid, Whipped, Manuka and Raw.

Notable mention went to the Tasmanian Tarkine Leatherwood Honey which was judged ‘Reserve Champion Honey Leatherwood’ in the Extracted Liquid honey – Light Amber class.

Each will now display its respective award sticker on the jar, giving the product an advantage among consumers.

“We are going to launch a couple of new varieties – Manuka leatherwood blend and wilderness – soon,” Mrs Charles said. “So it’s a great way to launch them off the back of awards.”

Earlier this year, Blue Hills was the recipient of an $81,272 federal government grant as part of the Innovation and Investment Fund to employ more workers and purchase new equipment.

Mrs Charles said most of the equipment – including new pallet wrapping and forklift machinery – has been purchased and is set to be installed in the coming months.

“The ongoing apiary expansion will take longer as the beekeepers [rely on] nature to increase the apiary size,” she said.

The company celebrates 60 years of business this year.