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Burleson's Director Among Newly Appointed National Honey Board Members
Burleson’s Honey Quality Assurance Director Michelle Poulk has been appointed a member of the National Honey Board. U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack Dec. 5 named Poulk, along with three board members and five alternates, to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1.
The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. Funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, the NHB is designed to increase U.S. honey consumption by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. Ten members serving rotating terms compose the NHB, representing producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing cooperative.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to serve and contribute to the important work of the National Honey Board,” Poulk said. “Burleson’s Honey has a long history of active participation in the honey industry and on the National Honey Board, and I’m happy to continue that tradition.”
Read the press release in its entirety here.
National Planting Day Puts Honey Bees on Center Stage
Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day is a fall initiative of the Great American Cleanup, a national call to action on the first Saturday after Labor Day designed to mobilize Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species. This year’s event falls on Sept. 10 and celebrates the theme “Keep America Bee-utiful” by focusing efforts on planting pollinators. With pollinators responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take in this country—yet facing critical declines and challenges to survival—sustaining and protecting the honey bee and other pollinators have never been more important to the ecosystem. The goal of this year’s event is to increase the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes to help revive the health and population of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators.
How can you support National Planting Day? Learn more here.
Honey Consumption Increasing, Sweeteners Declining
U.S. honey consumption is rising steadily, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with Americans consuming nearly one pound (0.9 pound) of honey each compared to 0.5 pounds per person back in 1990. The same report found that per-capita use of caloric sweeteners over the same period is decreasing. "It is exciting to see more Americans continuing to add honey to their daily diet,” said Margaret Lombard, CEO of the National Honey Board. “While our industry continues to struggle with hive loss, we have been successful in reaching consumers with our message that honey is a pure natural sweetener, which clearly appeals to consumers at a time when they are searching for authentic foods. In addition, when consumers purchase honey, they are not only helping to support the beekeeper, but they are also contributing to the welfare and survival of the honey bees.”
Read more here.
Bees Are Buzzing … About Saint Arnold’s New Honey Brew
We’re all abuzz with the exciting news that Burleson’s Honey and another Texas original—Saint Arnold Brewing Co.—have collaborated on one sweet iconic ale: Saint Arnold Icon Gold - Honey Saison, featuring our own Texas Wildflower Honey!
The newest beer in Saint Arnold’s Icon series begins shipping this week and will begin appearing on draft and in six packs of 12 oz. bottles as supplies of the previous beer in the Icon Series run out. Look for the new label at HEB locations and where you buy or order beer.
Saint Arnold’s was drawn to Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey because of its unique Texas flavor profile, tapping nectars from Texas plants like Texas tallow, mesquite, cotton, goldenrod and numerous wildflowers. "We learned that the United States produces more than 300 varietals of honey, and we wanted to feature a flavor profile that only Texas honey can offer," said Saint Arnold Brewer Colin Klingemann. "Using locally sourced ingredients is part of the tradition of brewing the Saison style, so connecting with our friends at Burleson's Honey was natural."
The result of all this hard work by all involved (not to mention our friends the bees) is a refreshingly bright ale with honey aromas of floral blooms and nectarines. And with more than 800 pounds of Texas Wildflower Honey in each batch of Saint Arnold Icon Gold - Honey Saison, you can be sure each bottle brings plenty of sweet!
Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewing Co. was founded in 1994 and is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Read the press release here.
What’s New with the Meat Church BBQ Comp Team?
The Meat Church BBQ Competition Team has been racking up the hardware and the miles, all while spreading the good news of adding honey to barbecue.
March was busy for the team, highlighted by a fourth place finish out of a tough 30-team field in Fort Worth to advance to the regional round of the Sam’s National BBQ Tour. April saw the team compete in Driftwood at Texas Eggfest 2016, and in May they head to Tyler for the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival.
Where will Meat Church compete next?
It’s been almost 18 months since Burleson’s Honey began sponsoring the Meat Church BBQ Competition Team, and pitmaster Matt Pittman and his award-winning team are making believers with their cooking wherever they go.
In fact, you might have heard of a few of Meat Church’s fans, cooking as they have for country music’s Luke Bryan (pictured, left, with Matt) and University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Last month the team headed to Las Vegas to cook backstage for the American Country Music Party for a Cause. And do we think it’s mere coincidence that country and blues phenom Chris Stapleton collected his four, count ‘em, four ACMs with a belly full of Meat Church cooking? We think not!
With a following like that, we can’t wait to see what’s next on the Meat Church menu!
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A Sweet Rejuvenator for your Skin
We all know honey is sweet and delicious going into our bodies, but did you know when applied topically, honey is one of nature’s best-kept skin secrets?
Honey is found in facial masks, moisturizers, soaps and cleansers, and other cosmetic products for a variety of reasons that extend beyond its well-deserved reputation for wholesomeness. Honey contains significant antibacterial properties and is effective in treating skin conditions ranging from acne to eczema. It’s rich in antioxidants, giving it impressive anti-aging benefits, and its natural soothing and moisturizing qualities can greatly improve the complexion.
One simple way to use honey for skin-boosting purposes is to simply make a mask out of it. Here’s how: Apply a thin layer of honey to slightly damp skin using circular motions. Allow the honey to sit for at least 15 minutes (this will give its many nutrients time to nourish and rejuvenate the pores), and then rinse it off with warm water. Try mixing the honey with a little dash of lemon juice—a natural astringent rich in collagen-stimulating vitamin C—for even better results.
Try our Honey for Beauty recipes
More skin care recipes from our friends at the National Honey Board
True Source Alert Raises Red Flag on Honey from Thailand and Taiwan
The newest alert from the True Source Honey Certification Program concerns honey entering the United States via Thailand and Taiwan. The True Source program, whose mission is to safeguard and protect against illegally sourced honey, issued the alert Sept. 2 calling for consumers, retailers and manufacturers to watch for honey coming from Thailand or Taiwan. The warning comes in the wake of continuing problems with illegally sourced honey entering the United States that circumvents U.S. tariffs as well as quality and safety standards. As a True Source-certified honey packer, Burleson’s Honey remains committed to providing customers with honey that is transparently and ethically sourced. Read the True Source alert in its entirety here.
Burleson's Adds Organic Offering to Product Line
Have you tried the newest addition to the Burleson's family of honey products?
Burleson’s Organic Raw Honey, available in stores and online, is a delicious blend cultivated from more than 100 different organic floral sources in South America.
Certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture, this new product was developed in response to customers’ desire for more organic product choices. Read more here.
True Source Program Calls for Federal Identity Standard for Honey
As a True Source-certified honey producer, Burleson’s Honey joins the U.S. Honey Certification Program in calling for a federal identity standard for honey. Unlike many of America’s basic food staples such as butter and milk, honey still does not have a federal standard despite repeated requests for the last decade from U.S. beekeepers and honey producers. Industry leaders say a federal standard could support enforcement and compliance efforts to help stem the illegal honey trade. Read the full press release here.
Did You Know Honey Is the 2015 Flavor of the Year?
At Burleson’s Honey we couldn’t be bigger fans of the wonder and greatness of honey, but did you know honey has been named the 2015 Flavor of the Year? Heralded for its popularity growth in recent years as consumers seek foods that are seen as artisanal and locally sourced, Swiss perfume and flavor giant Firmenich says honey was an easy choice for the designation. According to Mikel Cirkus, director of Firmenich’s conceptual design team and trend forecaster for the company’s flavor division, “It is indeed a classic flavor, yet it is also a flavor which is having an enormous resurgence in popularity in recent years. Product developers are realizing what a fantastic and versatile flavor honey is in regards to combining it with other tonalities.” Read the full press release here.
True Source Flags Turkish Honey
In its efforts to protect the U.S. honey industry and consumers, the True Source Honey Certification Program continues to flag Turkish honey entering the country. The alert came in late 2014 after officials noticed a huge increase in honey shipments from Turkey at prices well below market. True Source noted the ten-fold increase in U.S. honey imports from Turkey from 2010-2013, but the price averaged only $1.27 per pound, well below the per-pound price of $2.13 for honey shipped to the European Union. This alerted industry officials because the trend is similar to previous circumvention schemes whereby honey originating in China bypasses U.S. taxes and tariffs and otherwise undermines the U.S. honey industry. Read more in the full press release here.
Proud to Be a Texas Family Business
We’re proud of our long heritage as a Texas family-owned business. In fact, being recognized with Baylor University’s Heritage Award in 2013 is one of our proudest accomplishments.
Given by Baylor’s prestigious Hankamer School of Business Institute of Family Business, the Texas Family Business of the Year awards program recognizes outstanding firms from across the state of Texas whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity, and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries.
The Heritage Award honors successful family businesses that have overcome statistical odds to achieve the rare status of maintaining continuous existence through at least three generations of family ownership. We’re thrilled to be included among this impressive list of past winners.