Marlborough’s biggest honey company has a new name, new look and new factory site.
A merger of Apitech New Zealand and The Honey Company is a coming of age for Marlborough’s biggest honey producer, says Managing Director Darren Clifford.
The new Taylor Pass Honey Co. marries the beekeeping business, Apitech, with its production partner, to create one vertically integrated company.
“The two businesses have always worked hand-in-hand to take honey from hive to jar to market, but we decided it was time to unite them,” said Clifford.
“It’s the same people, same product and same place, all under one name.”
The new company comes with new branding and a new factory on the corner of Blenheim’s Taylor Pass and Wither Roads, to complement the existing facility further down Taylor Pass Road.
The beekeeping arm of the business will stay in the Taylor Pass countryside but by the end of the year, it is hoped to have a new state-of-the-art factory operating on the Wither Rd site, for a packaging line, offices, honey shop and potentially a café. The company has also purchased a warehouse for storage around the corner on Woodmor Rd.
Taylor Pass Honey Co. exports nearly all its honey as branded product, with Asia as a key market, over the past five years, exports have grown at an average rate of 50 percent each year, making the new factory an essential move. It will have capacity to process between 1,000 and 1,500 metric tonnes of honey each year, and the company has plans to grow to more than 8,000 hives over the 2016/2017 season.
“We’re working with some great landowners in some amazingly remote corners of Marlborough,” said Clifford. “Each place has its own unique characteristics, and we can’t wait to see and taste the honey off them.”