Hive & Keeper was founded in 2015 to show off British small scale beekeepers and the unique way their honeys reflect the different place, flowers, weather and bees that make them. We love the thrill of bringing you limited edition honeys and telling the stories behind them.
Hive & Keeper started with the two hives I kept in my back garden in London. It was through my beekeeping hobby that I discovered how different their honeys tasted every time I tried them.
That was a real eureka discovery moment and the spark for Hive & Keeper: I wanted to get back to the magic of nature by keeping honey taken from a hive separate to any other honey so you too could get the same exciting eye-widening, tongue-thrilling discovery I had!
The excitement has never really gone away as, through the bees
and beekeepers, I’ve learnt more and more about nature: I’ve stopped to study weeds
growing in cracks, mosses on stones, flowers coming into bud and bees and
wildlife go about their business. Everything we see has influenced our designs,
our homage to the landscapes that create our honeys.
Knowing where things come from matters
Provenance is at the heart of what we do as where things come from is important. Over complicated supply chains and importing products from thousands of miles away is bad for our environment and when things are cheap you have to wonder how anyone makes money, are people, as well as the environment, losing out?
So this is what we do so that you can trust what you’re getting, and be reassured that we’ve trodden as lightly on the earth as we can. Just like our bees..
- Everything we do is made in the UK and supports British artisans and business
- We visit every beekeeper and their bees and know the landscape and place that made each honey.
- We only take honeys from beekeepers we can see are good custodians of their bees and the environment around them.
- We don’t do anything other than jar and label so you’re really eating honey just as our beekeepers can, straight from the hive!
And then we tell you:
- We write on each jar where the bees have been kept as well as the type of place (from woods to fields and gardens). We also write how many jars of this particular honey the bees produced.
- Last, but not least, we show off the beekeeper too and tell you who they are. We're all incredibly proud of the honeys and want to do them, the bees and the beekeepers justice.
We work with a growing network of small scale British beekeepers. We visit them all to talk bees and see the landscapes and bees that make each honey. All our beekeepers are good custodians of their bees and the woodlands, meadows, gardens and fields they keep them in. Our aim is to bring you special honeys from more and more British beekeepers - as long as they're good custodians of their bees and environment of course.
Treading carefully on the planet matters and we're determined to keep it at the forefront of what we do:
- All of our beekeepers prioritise their bees' health and well-being over honey production.
- We use hay that's been grown and cut in fields around us for our packing (and we even get to watch it being harvested!). Not only is this incredibly sustainable, but it also means you get the sweet smell of hay when you open your box!
- All of our packaging is bought from UK suppliers to keep the carbon footprint of everything we use to a minimum.
- We work with simple, local and transparent supply chains and with fellow small British businesses and people that care.
- Everything is 100% recyclable
- Our labels are peelable so they come off the jars easily, meaning you can re-use the jars again and again and again.