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Two friends with a passion for bees and all things natural

Like most good ideas, it all started with wine.

It turns out Francis’ wife Sarah is allergic to the sulfites in wine. Francis thought, “There’s got to be a better way of doing things – a more natural way.”

At the same time, James had recently returned from Europe and Canada from where he had gained extensive knowledge of Mead (honey wine) throughout his travels. So the two friends, Francis and James (F&J), began experimenting in their grandma’s backyard, beekeeping and making their own mead from honey, natural and free from chemicals and other adulterants.

Honey was the natural starting point, because Francis always had an interest in bees. Even as a young kid, he was trying to catch them and was fascinated as how these individual worker bees would go out and collect pollen, then return to their hive and give their day’s takings to their wider bee community for the greater good of the hive.

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“There’s got to be a better way of doing things – a more natural way”

“If we can give back by producing all natural products versus products with chemicals or other adulterants, then why wouldn’t you go the extra mile to produce something more natural for other people?”

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Bee the change

Involved in many grass roots beekeeping projects across New Zealand, F&J’s passion for bees and honey naturally led them to share their experience with a hands on approach working with local bee keepers and clubs to promote a growing bee population for the greater good of all.

Natural products for New Zealanders and the rest of the world

Soon, one hive turned into three which quickly multiplied to ten. Francis and James started promoting their honey and continued to develop other bee related products. At all times Francis and James made sure their meticulous level of quality was always at the centre of their creations. Today, their products range from honey to cosmetics made right here in beautiful New Zealand.

They have their sights set on the rest of the world, and their goal is to be one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands, showcasing the best natural ingredients in innovative and forward-thinking products for generations to enjoy.

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