TRUE SOURCE HONEY
My company, THE HUMBLE BEE HONEY COMPANY is based on the belief that my customers' needs are of the utmost importance.
I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals.
The best compliment I can receive is a return customer!!!
I will never compromise the integrity of my business by creating an inferior product.
HERE IS MY PLEDGE!
I, Catherine Wolko , owner of THE HUMBLE BEE HONEY COMPANY is proud to Pledge!!
I pledge to adhere to the standards of True Source Certification. I pledge to protect our customers and consumers, as well as the global reputation of honey products, by ensuring to our utmost ability that honey:
- Humble Bee Honey Company Honey is ethically sourced in a transparent and traceable manner from known beekeepers and brokers;
- Moves through the supply chain in full accordance with U.S. law and without circumvention of trade duties; and
- Carries truthful labeling as to its source, has been tested to ensure quality, and has been handled in a safe and secure manner from hive to table.
I endeavor to do business with companies that share our concern for food safety and security. I pledge to stand against the collection, processing or sale of adulterated honey or honey that has been obtained in circumvention of U.S. law. I espouse a global standard for high-quality honey that does not allow for adulteration with added syrups or other sweetener extenders, or use of inappropriate additives in honey production. I actively support U.S. beekeepers, including supporting research to help beekeepers maintain the health and high quality of U.S. honey production and to fight colony collapse disorder.
- U.S. per capita consumption of honey is about 1.3 pounds per year.
- Honey production in 2012 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 147 million pounds, down 1% from 2011.
- Honey is produced in every state. The top 5 honey-producing states are North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, California and Minnesota.
- About one-third of all food and beverages – one out of every three bites we take – are made possible by pollination, mainly by honey bees.
- Pollination, mainly by honey bees, contributes to U.S. crop production worth $20-30 billion a year.
- The production of most beef and dairy products consumed in the United States is dependent on insect-pollinated legumes (alfalfa, clover, etc.).
- There are about 120,000 beekeepers in the United States. Most are hobbyists with less than 25 hives; Commercial beekeepers have 300 or more hives.
- To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles; it requires the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees.
- Melittosphex burmensis, the oldest bee fossil ever discovered, dates to 100 million years ago.
- Fermented honey or 'mead' dates back to about 7,000 BC in Northern China.
- The largest food fraud case in the U.S. history is attributed to the illegal importation of honey.
- September is National Honey Month, designated to promote U.S. beekeeping, and honey as a natural and beneficial sweetener.
- Honey provides and maintains moisture to a variety of dishes and can even extend the shelf life of baked goods.
American Beekeeping Federation
American Beekeeping Federation
2012 Industry Survey, Bee Culture Magazine
McGovern, P. E.; Zhang, J; Tang, J; Zhang, Z; Hall, G. R.; Moreau, R. A.; Nuñez, A; Butrym, E. D. et al. (December 6, 2004). "
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - Early Edition
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