Industrial honey supplier Honey Holding delivers 25 million pounds of honey to major bakeries and food processors in America each year. To provide its clients with quality honey products, Honey Holding follows stringent standards in honey processing.
Processing honey involves several steps:
Removing honeycombs from the hive. A beekeeper, while wearing protective gear, removes the combs from the hive through different methods. One approach is to smoke the bees out of the hive, which encourages them to gorge themselves with honey before fleeing; engorged bees are less inclined to sting, making it easier for the beekeeper to collect the honeycomb. Another method employs the use of a separator board, which separates the brood from the honey chamber.
Uncapping the honeycombs. Honeycombs are placed inside a transport box, and relocated to a room away from the hive. The beekeeper uses a long-handled uncapping fork to remove the caps from the honeycomb, in preparation for extraction.
Extracting honey. Once caps are removed, the honeycombs are placed in an extractor. Centrifugal force is used to pull out the honey from the comb and into the honey bucket. This honey is now ready to be delivered to commercial distributors.
Processing and bottling. Commercial distributors further process the honey by melting out the crystals and straining bee parts and pollen. It is then packaged into jars for commercial and retail distribution.