The National Honey Board’s Honey Saves Hives campaign enlists leading food and beverage brands to help us spread the word on the important role honey bees, honey and beekeepers play in our day-to-day lives. Six innovative companies have made a commitment to promote the importance of honey bees starting with National Honey Month in September.
Show your support for these brands by purchasing their made-with-honey products!
Barr Hill is an award-winning, super-premium spirits brand made by the Montpelier, Vermont-based distillery, Caledonia Spirits. Founded by a Vermont beekeeper, the distillery uses honey as a key ingredient in making its spirits. Led by Head Distiller and President, Ryan Christiansen, Caledonia Spirits produces Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin and Barr Hill Vodka at its state-of-the-art, solar power-enhanced distillery in Montpelier. Barr Hill’s Distillery, located on a street aptly named “Gin Lane,”' is dedicated to crafting world class spirits and educating consumers on the connection between agriculture and cocktail culture with eco-friendly practices. The distillery’s approach honors the bounty of the land, the labor of farmers and the pivotal role of bees in agriculture and the source of all honey — the contributor of botanical depth in Barr Hill’s spirits.
Delicious ice cream without dairy? It’s possible, thanks to Frönen co-founders Jessica Gartenstein and Erik Nadeau. When Jessy was 13, she was diagnosed with celiac disease and dairy sensitivity. Limited to a gluten- and dairy-free diet, she went on a search for nutritious and tasty non-dairy ice cream. Erik introduced Jessy to his grandmother’s recipe, and Frönen was perfected with irresistible, simple and purposeful ingredients including honey. There’s a maximum of 10 ingredients in each pint and no preservatives. The innovative brand are experts in clean label, permissible indulgence, making them the perfect Honey Saves Hives ice cream partner.
Honey plays a large role in Justin’s expanding product line. Honey provides sweetness to the company’s Honey Almond Butter as well as showcases the symbiotic relationship honey bees have with food. Almonds require honey bee pollination, so it only makes sense to pair almond butter with honey to showcase how buying products made with honey helps honey bees and beekeepers. We’re thrilled to welcome Justin’s back for another Honey Saves Hives year.
Kate’s Real Food is a woman-founded, privately-owned snack brand committed to fueling adventures with great-tasting, all-natural ingredients. Every bar the company produces is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free, soy-free, kosher, non-GMO, and sweetened with honey — because food should taste good and also be good for the environment. Thanks to ingredients like honey, this Honey Saves Hives partner recently expanded its portfolio into Mini Snack Bars, a wonderful bite-sized spin for adventurers who need to fly just like the bees.
Mary's Gone Crackers is the largest gluten-free cracker company in the United States. Since 2004, the company has baked gluten-free, non-GMO crackers from its Reno, Nevada-based factory. Since its inception, the company has grown at a rapid pace, expanding its offerings while staying true to its promise to use only whole, plant-based ingredients free from wheat, nuts, eggs and dairy. The newest line from the brand, Kookies, are three graham cracker products — Honey, Chocolate and Cinnamon — that are sweetened with honey.
Sprecher was Milwaukee’s first craft brewery founded after prohibition, and Randy Sprecher brought his love for European craft-style beers to the States after a time in Germany. Sprecher’s brand is surrounded by quality, craft ingredients that the entire family can drink, which is where Sprecher’s soda line came to be. Sweetened with honey, Sprecher’s famed Root Beer is consistently ranked as one of the best Root Beers in the United States.