A Tasmanian honey producer which exports its high quality produce to more than seven countries has been named regional exporter of the year.
Blue Hills Honey, based at Mawbanna in the state’s northwest, increased its honey exports by 45 per cent in 2017-18 despite its production being hit by a bushfire in January, 2016.
“Sales to Japan rose by 700 per cent thanks to the development of innovative products such as honey-flavoured mouth spray, pet care products and single-use sachets,” managing director Nicola Charles told the Weekly Times.
Ms Charles also won the Tasmanian Women in International Business Award in the 2018 Tasmanian Export Awards announced late last month.
The Charles family has produced honey for 60 years.
“Over the decades, Blue Hills Honey has strived to produce innovative, unique premium honeys for global markets,” Ms Charles said.
“From our regional location in the northwest we are proud to export world-class Tasmanian honey to many countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, the UK, Japan, Russia and Vietnam.
“Exports account for almost 70 per cent of Blue Hills Honey production.”
Tasmania is fast earning a global reputation for its clean, green produce – especially in Asia.