Steps in Honey Processing

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Honey Processing
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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.

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2017 North American Beekeeping Conference and Tradeshow in January

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference

2017 North American Beekeeping Conference
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One of the largest industrial suppliers of honey in the US, Texas-based Honey Holding provides more than 25 million pounds of honey to bakeries and food processors every year. Honey Holding also maintains membership with the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA), which will join the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) and the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) in hosting the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow in January.

The North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow welcomes professionals from throughout the beekeeping industry and serves as a forum for the latest information on industry news, products, and services. Guests may attend a variety of events ranging from workshops and general sessions to keynote presentations and track sessions for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Furthermore, vendors will exhibit a broad selection of industry products and services.

In addition to informational programming, the conference will host several benefit and networking events. Social events include an auxiliary luncheon and meeting, a dinner social, and the annual banquets for the AHPA and ABF. The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees will also host a luncheon. Silent and live auctions will benefit the ABF, the AHPA, and the American Honey Queen program.

The San Luis Resort and Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas, will host the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow on January 10-14, 2017. Registration rates vary according to membership with the AHPA, ABF, CHC, the Texas Beekeepers Association, and other select beekeeping organizations. Attendees may also purchase family and single-day passes at discounted prices.

For additional information on the conference, visit nabeekeepingconference.com.

Beekeeping as a Hobby or Career

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While Honey Holding of Baytown, Texas, imports millions of pounds of honey annually from overseas, the company also operates several thousand hives in more than 70 locations throughout Texas and Louisiana. With the steady decline in domestic beekeeping in the United States since World War II, Honey Holding is making a concerted effort to renew interest through employment at its facilities and training programs for local high school students.

Whether a hobby or a serious career choice, beekeeping can be a rewarding experience. Despite the falling numbers, there are still nearly 100,000 private beekeepers in the United States, both hobbyist and professional.

Maintaining a single colony is roughly as challenging as common gardening. The two hobbies go well together since the bees’ activity directly aids the growth and spreading of flowering plants.

Bees themselves do most of the work, leaving the keeper to monitor the hive and extract the honey. The primary challenge of beekeeping is making sure the bees are safe, secure, and under control.

Proper materials for sheltering bees are essential, as hives will need to be shielded from wind and cold weather. Bees also need to swarm in the springtime to gather nectar, which may be disruptive or even dangerous to neighbors.

A starting investment for a hobbyist can cost roughly $500 for a pair of hives, which together can produce as much as 100 pounds of honey per year. A business will need to invest at least 10 times that to properly set up 50 or more hives along with equipment to manage the hives. A business can expect to earn substantial profits after the second year, thanks to the low maintenance and labor costs of beekeeping.

A Sampling of Honey’s Significance in World Cultures

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Honey Holding, an industrial honey supplier operating in Baytown, Texas, harvests honey at its locations in Texas and Louisiana and also imports honey from around the world. By producing and distributing more than 20 million pounds of honey annually, Honey Holding provides a food that has played a long and significant role in human culture.

In the western world, the Judeo-Christian significance of honey is likely to be the most familiar, thanks to the phrase “land of milk and honey,” referring to the promised land of the ancient Hebrews after their escape from Egypt. Even today, one tradition related to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is eating apple pieces dipped in honey.

Honey has been used to represent lifelong happiness in the celebrations of many societies. Modern Iranian wedding ceremonies include the bride and groom sharing a drink that is often sweetened with honey. For the Yoruba of western Africa, honey symbolizes good fortune and prosperity when it is presented to newborn children at their naming ceremonies.

Six Tips for the Care of Honeybees

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One of the largest industrial honey suppliers in the country, Honey Holding operates out of Baytown, Texas, and produces approximately 20 million pounds of honey annually. Honey Holding makes honey quality a high priority, which requires careful attention to the care of the honeybees that create it. The following are suggestions for the care of honeybees.

1. Plant bee-friendly plants. Favorites include fruit- and flower-bearing plants, such as fruit trees and bushes, lavender, and buddleia.

2. Avoid pesticides, as they can kill bees and other desirable garden creatures.

3. Allow propolis production. Bees use propolis for a wide variety of purposes: it mummifies invading insects that enter the hive, serves as an antibacterial agent, and helps keep the hive clean. It also offers a number of health benefits to humans.

4. Honey is the natural winter food source for bees, so make sure to leave behind enough of it for the hive to sustain itself during the winter months. You can also harvest honey in the spring rather than the fall to allow them to produce enough.

5. Ventilate hives for winter. Bees cluster together to keep warm, and clusters can easily reach 92 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates condensation when it meets cold. Improper ventilation can cause the condensation to leak into the hive and make bees wet, and even freeze them. To properly ventilate the hive, use porous wood that absorbs moisture or create a small ventilation slit on the side of the hive.

6. Stay vigilant about diseases. There are a number of bacterial and fungal diseases that pose a risk to the bee colony. Know the signs of each and take steps to prevent them. Also keep watch for signs of pests such as mites and wax moths, which pose a risk to the colony’s health by feeding on baby bees and adult bees.

A Look at the Multiple Uses of Honey

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Honey Holding was established in the 1940s under the name Hignite Packing Company. Today, Honey Holding provides liquid and dried honey products to bakers and food processors across the country. Regardless of its form, honey possesses numerous natural benefits that make it suitable for a variety of purposes and industries.

The natural sweetness of honey makes it a regular addition to a wide assortment of foods, both as a topping and as an integral ingredient. Its uses in baking are nearly limitless, ranging from salad dressings and dessert drizzles to baked goods and beverages. Its addition to pickles and sauces prolongs shelf life, and its ability to retain moisture enhances rich cakes and other pastries. Honey also works as an effective browning agent for glazing baked and roasted foods.

Furthermore, honey offers a number of health benefits, with the ability for use as a consumable supplement and as an application to wounds and skin conditions. Consuming honey helps quench thirst, boosts energy, and soothes sore throats, and locally produced honey may alleviate allergy symptoms caused by native fauna, as it contains pollen spores from various plants left behind by bees. Once introduced to the body through consumption, these spores possess the potential to alleviate allergy symptoms by enabling the body to build immunities against local allergens.

Due to its antibacterial properties and ability to retain moisture, honey can also promote the healing of wounds and improve skin conditions. It possess antioxidants and antifungal properties that fight infection and kill bacteria when applied to wounds, although its effectiveness varies according to country of origin and the exact flowers used in its creation. Its ability to attract and retain moisture also improves skin hydration.