Before our honey lands on the shelves of your local retailer it has undergone an extensive process. Have you ever wondered what checks are made on our honey and the quality requirements it needs to meet? Rinke Reitsma (Head of de Traay quality) will be pleased to provide you with further information. He and Zoltán Papp (quality staff member) monitor the quality of our honey.
Before we buy the honey from our beekeepers, we receive a sample. Together with Wilco Schets (managing director) and our beekeeper & owner Wouter Vuijk, we test colour, smell and taste of the honey. If the samples are approved, the honey is purchased. When the raw honey arrives, a new random check is carried out, and around half the batch is checked. Different quality aspects are hereby examined, such as;
The fructose-glucose ratio
Liquid honey contains high levels of fructose (e.g. acacia honey), while set honey has high levels of glucose (e.g. colza honey). We monitor whether the fructose-glucose ratio complies with the quality we have purchased.
An independent laboratory monitors whether there is sufficient pollen in the honey for it to be called honey (e.g. linden honey).
Presence of antibiotics
The beekeepers who supply our honey are not allowed to use any antibiotics. We monitor our honey for their presence.
Our honey is processed cold and must not rise above hive temperature, either on arrival or during pouring. It is important for us to supply fresh honey.
After the quality of the honey has been approved, it can be processed. The drums of honey are emptied, and the honey passes through a filter system, filtering out extraneous solids not belonging in it, such as bees. Pollen and important nutrients are hereby preserved. A semi-finished product is thus produced, and its smell, colour and taste are tested. A crystal check is also carried out; crystals are only allowed in creamed honey, which is finely crystallized honey.
After being approved, the honey goes to the filling department where it is potted. The end product is then given a final critical look-over before transport to the shops. Nothing is added to our honey. The beekeepers we work with meet high standards and their quality and working methods are regularly assessed. Enjoy our 100% natural honey.