I am writing to ask all Associations and their members to support our new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK.
Following our members’ propositions and direction at the 2021 ADM, this is the second honey petition in our efforts to maintain pressure on the government to address this important issue. If you signed the first petition, please be sure to sign this one too.
The important underlying issue here is ‘Funny’ Honey – i.e honey that has not necessarily involved a honeybee collecting nectar, processing and storing in the hive. Supermarket own-label honey can be bought for as little as 69p a jar. Although supermarkets say every jar of honey is “100% pure” and can be traced back to the beekeeper, there is no requirement to identify the countries of origin of honey blended from more than one country. We want consumers to start looking at the labels when buying honey – does it clearly state the country of origin? If it seems cheap compared to the other honeys on the shelf, ask themselves why?
We kindly ask all members to share the petition link with family and friends and on social media to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures which means the Government must consider the issue for debate in Parliament. The support of the general public and not just the beekeeping community is essential to achieve this result so please share as widely as possible. Associations and individuals that use Social media can also ‘share’ the BBKA social media pages below to create awareness and to share the link.
Huge thank you to everyone involved who made our 2022 Honey Show and Convention such a great success.
So many thank yous to mention; to all the attendees who came to support the Show and joined us for such a fantastic day, to members who entered the various range of classes for judging, to our brilliant judge John Goodwin, and the wonderful Prof Stephen Martin for his lectures. I think it is fair to say that everyone came away with some fascinating insight and information from both the open judging and lectures.
And last but not least, to the team who worked hard to help organise such a great event. What a success! Well done to you all.
The team will be following up on all the feedback from the event, and are already thinking ahead to next years 40th Anniversary at Shugborough.
Stafford Bee Group’s winter lecture programme starts this Saturday, 8th October, at the Northfield Centre. Jane Medwell will join us and take us through a journey of honey processing, production and storage.
If you have never joined us before, please come along and say hello. We meet from 10.00 at the Northfield café and have a catch up and a cuppa before the lecture start’s at 11.00.
Directions: for your SAT NAV use ST16 3DA and the Centre is the second turning on the right
If you would like to join us on the day, please purchase tickets by the Monday 10th October. Tickets are £I0.00 and include an open judging session, 2 lectures by Steve Martin, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea and cake.
The Honey Show and Convention is now open to enter and purchase tickets.
Our Honey Show, Special Edition Newsletter, will provide more information, outline the 23 Honey Show Classes you can enter, there is a program for the day, some recipes, and Honey Show hints and tips. You can use the honey show entry form to indicate which classes you wish to enter. The honey show is free to enter, and entries must be taken to the honey show drop off point at Northfield Village on either Friday evening from 17.00 – 18.00 or Saturday morning from 8.30 – 9.30.
You can purchase tickets for the convention, which are £10.00 per person and includes a buffet lunch, and afternoon tea and cake. The event is ticket only due to the space available at the venue and spaces will be allocated on a first come; first served basis.