It all began back in 1959…
It was 1959 when Leon Janson, a newlywed from Hawke’s Bay drove home in his Vauxhall PA having just purchased his very first bees. Thousands of bees swarmed in and around the car as it potted along New Zealand’s winding roads. Leon stacked ten hives on his trailer, two in the boot and two more in the back seat of the car; tense and squinting through the mesh of his bee suit the whole ride home.
“I always thought of honey as Gods great provision for Humanity” – Leon Janson
Little did he know these were the humble beginnings of a family company spanning generations, a company that nearly seventy years later would be distributing the highest quality Manuka honey to consumers all over the world. Hand collected from remote and isolated Manuka sites throughout New Zealand, Hamish and his team work tirelessly to harvest and provide the worlds best Manuka honey.
It is now Leon’s grandsons Hamish, Lars and Jules that oversees our bee-keeping operations, continuing the family’s tradition with passion, pride and respect. Now collecting far more than a few dozen jars of honey each year, the Janson’s are committed to maintaining the integrity and purity of their bees honey.