Far East exports growt

Japan and Singapore buzzing over Scottish honey

Founders: Iain and Suzie Millar

The Scottish Bee Company says it has emulated Scotland’s national drink after cracking the Far East market in Japan and Singapore.

Over eight tonnes of the company’s heather and blossom honey worth around £100,000 will be exported to the Far East in the next 12 months alone, which is destined for high-end health and speciality food retailers. 

Produced in beehives located in the Lothians, Dumfriesshire, Stirlingshire, Fife and Aberdeenshire, The Scottish Bee Company’s heather honey was revealed as a world-leading superfood in a scientific study earlier this year.

It contains up to 10 times more of the essential micronutrient, manganese, compared to 200 of its global rivals, including manuka. 

The Scottish Bee Company was founded by Iain and Suzie Millar in 2017 out of a love for the environment and the honey bee. Iain and Suzie were saddened by the continually documented decline in the bee population, so they decided that they would do something to help.

Along with dwindling bee numbers, they were also astonished to find how much honey consumed in the UK is imported from around the world. They felt strongly that we need more, home grown, bee-friendly honey. 

With support from the Scottish Business Network and The Honey Colony in Singapore, it has taken a year of planning and negotiations for The Scottish Bee Company to finally access the Far East market with its premium ‘superfood’ product. 

Russell Dalgleish, chairman of the Scottish Business Network, said: “Following on from the news of the UK completing a trade deal with Japan, it’s excellent to see this dynamic Scottish company entering the market. 

“Having worked in Japan earlier in my career, I’m aware of the high value placed on Scottish products and from recent research we commissioned it’s clear there is a growing appetite for Scottish produce. “

Ms Millar said: “Foodies in Japan and Singapore demand premium quality honey like ours, so it’s a buoyant market.

“It’s good to know that even during a global pandemic that we’re doing our bit to help drive Scotland’s position as a global leader for healthy and functional food.

“The provenance and heritage of Scottish honey is also akin to the Scotch whisky market, adding to its appeal in the Far East. “

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