KEOTA, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- September marks National Honey Month and the honey industry is a-buzz with over $553 million in annual retail sales in the U.S.1 and strong category growth. However, issues like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and factory bee farming continue to plague the industry. As a solution to the not-so-sweet side of honey, Heavenly Organics®, manufacturer of 100% organic, raw honey from wild beehives, is committed to building awareness of the detrimental impact that pesticides and chemical antibiotics are having on honeybee colonies with the launch of its "Clean Bee" campaign.
As part of the "Clean Bee" campaign, Heavenly Organics is launching a series of videos portraying a lovable, but troubled bee character named "Benny the Bee." Benny offers a satirical glimpse into the life of a domestic honeybee, where he is exposed to dangerous pesticides when he's out pollinating and foraging and then administered chemical antibiotics by his beekeeper once he gets back to the hive box. Repeated exposure to these chemicals can severely impact a bee's life and its entire colony from death to illness, to being lost and confused to colony contamination. Not only that, the chemicals can accumulate in hive boxes and end up in the honey.
In contrast to domestic honeybees living in boxes, there are free range honeybees living in wild beehives in the untouched forests of Northern and Central India and parts of the Himalayas. These wild beehives contain the purest and most delicious honey available worldwide. This is where Heavenly Organics honey comes from and it is unlike any other honey on the market. Heavenly Organics Raw Honey is 100% organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, which is unattainable in most regions today. Since these naturally occurring, wild beehives are found in such remote areas, the bees are far from the reach from pesticides and other pollutants. Also, since these bees live in wild beehives, and don't have beekeepers, they are never exposed to chemical antibiotics.
Heavenly Organics father/son founders, Dr. I.S. Hooda and Amit Hooda, have cultivated relationships with indigenous honey harvesters in India to create a proprietary, sustainable, bee-friendly and smoke-free way of honey harvesting. These harvesters go out during the day to locate these huge wild beehives (one tree can have as many as 50 hives) and then return at night, while the bees are docile, to collect the honey. The harvester climbs a tree, gently brushes away the bees and then cuts just a portion of the hive away leaving the queen and the colony intact. Unlike smoking, this method reduces the incidences of harming the bees, the hives, and eliminates forest fires. The hive then regenerates within 15-20 days and is ready for additional harvests. Heavenly Organics never heats the honey above natural hive temperature and only lightly filters it, which preserves the pollen, vitamins, minerals and live enzymes found in raw honey.
Heavenly Organics 100% organic, raw, pesticide & antibiotic free and sustainably sourced honey is available in three rare and unique varietals: White, Neem and Acacia.
Heavenly Organics was founded in 2005 to help sustain the economic and cultural survival of indigenous people located in remote and conflicted areas of Northern and Central India and parts of the Himalayas. The company was built on the belief that the only way to eliminate conflict is to provide ethical job opportunities. Heavenly Organics' products not only provide healthier alternatives that taste amazing, but that are changing people's lives, transforming the supply chain and offering a unique business model that can help foster peace in conflict areas.
Heavenly Organics operates on the belief that profits can create peace and will continue to respect the earth, animals, humankind, and all who contribute to the circle of life. With Heavenly Organics, goodness comes in many forms.
Heavenly Organics also produces a line of chocolate confections called Chocolate Honey Patties that are 100% cocoa shells, filled with its 100% organic raw white honey. These decadent bite-sized treats were created to offer a healthier alternative to conventional candy – using the cleanest ingredients on earth and offering powerful sources of minerals and immunity-boosting antioxidants. Chocolate Honey Patties are made with four ingredients or less and are Non-GMO Project Verified as well as gluten, dairy and soy free. Chocolate Honey Patties come in six delicious flavors: Mint, Pomegranate, Almond, Peanut, Double Dark and Ginger.
To view the "Clean Bee" videos, visit the Heavenly Organics YouTube channel here.
About Heavenly Organics™ Founded in 2005, Heavenly Organics produces and distributes organic, non-GMO, fair trade and kosher certified Chocolate Honey Patties™, Raw Honey and Whole-Cane Sugar. Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties received the 2016 NEXTY award for Best New Sweet/Dessert. Flavors include Mint, Pomegranate, Almond, Peanut, Double Dark and Ginger. Heavenly Organics was created as a way to help sustain the economic and cultural survival of indigenous people located in remote and conflicted areas of Northern and Central India and parts of the Himalayas. The company was built on the belief that the only way to eliminate conflict is to provide ethical job opportunities. Heavenly Organics has created worker-owned cooperatives that have been leading the authentic fair trade movement and creating big change for over ten years.