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Scots Bee Biz Gets Solar Giants Buzzing

Warren Bader, August 26, 2015

Low Carbon web1Leading renewable energy investment company Low Carbon has launched an initiative to promote greater biodiversity in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk. Low Carbon has partnered with sustainability company
Plan Bee to install and manage 25 bee hives across five of its solar farms.

Honeybee populations have halved in the UK over the last two decades, according to research by the University of Reading, with climate change, mites, pesticides and disorders, contributing to this. Plan Bee partners with businesses like Low Carbon to support and increase populations of this valuable insect, which is an essential component in the balance of our
delicate ecosystem.

Quentin Scott, Low Carbon’s Marketing Director said:

“We are committed to protecting local habitats and ecosystems on our solar farms. Encouraging biodiversity should not be a bolt on for renewable energy companies, but rather a core responsibility. Protecting bees, insects and other species is a crucial part in the fight against climate change and we look forward to continuing our work with Plan Bee in the future.”

Low Carbon works across the solar, concentrated solar power, wind and anaerobic digestion sectors. It currently operates over 270MW of operational solar energy assets in the UK.

The renewable energy investor is making every effort to play a central part in the farming communities surrounding its sites. By locating on fallow land that is unusable for agriculture, Low Carbon is delivering a long-term investment in these areas.

Quentin added:

“By taking measurable steps to install beehives on our solar farms, we hope to show that investing in solar PV on their land needn’t be at the cost of local wildlife. Through our community outreach, we want to help champion biodiversity”

Each of the five sites will host more than 300,000 bees to help cultivate local crops and encourage biodiversity. A remote monitoring system is planned, which will allow Plan Bee to keep tabs on each bee colony by monitoring parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and weather conditions.

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Globus first to see stars

Warren Bader, August 24, 2015

GT 15 2-starThe snapping up of Plan Bee’s Origin Honey by exclusive Swiss department store Globus is the first large export of the prestigious brand since it lifted gold stars from the Guild of Fine Food.

Origin Honey gained two stars for its Heather Honey and an individual star for its Blossom Honey at the organisation’s Great Taste Awards, the eminent food industry Oscars. This was among a total of FOUR stars achieved by the company.

John Farrand, managing director and organiser of Great Taste said:

“Plan Bee has done exceptionally well in its first year of entering Great Taste. To receive three awards overall, one of which is a 2-star rating is testament to the quality of this honey. The judging process is rigorous, with a minimum of 10 palates, at least, tasting each product and Plan Bee should credit themselves among the UK’s elite food producers.”

Plan Bee works with the Glengoyne distillery to produce a whisky blended rich honey product, which was a key part of the Globus order. The robust tasting heather honey and runny Scottish blossom honey also comprised the remainder of this inaugural export for the retailer which is considered in the same vein as Harrods and Selfridges on the continent.

Warren Bader, CEO of Plan Bee Ltd added:

“Globus is among the most exclusive stores in Europe, and has a clientele of discerning shoppers who expect the highest quality produce in their shopping baskets. The Swiss are renowned as among the most health aware nations in the world and will be not only well versed on the unique taste of Scottish honey, but also on its many health benefits. We are delighted to be working with Globus, who have not only shown their need for the highest quality products on their shelves, but also the importance of offering customers ethical products with a strong sustainability ethos. We look forward to working with them further and offering more Origin Honey products for sale on their select shelves.”

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Plan Bee buzzing as new chairman takes the helm

Warren Bader, August 21, 2015

Plan Bee Mark McDavid WEB2Multi-award winning sustainability and eco-innovation business Plan Bee Ltd is buzzing as a new chairman flies in to their hive of activity.

Mark McDavid, has more than 30 years experience in the consumer goods industry, having been Managing Director at Aunt Bessie’s Ltd, Hallmark Greeting Cards PLC, Marine Harvest Salmon and Northern Foods. He is also currently Chairman of Yorkshire based top tier food producer HECK! and a non-Executive Director of National Services Scotland.

In taking up the role, Mr McDavid said:

“Plan Bee Ltd is a truly modern business that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. I defy anyone not to be impressed by the passion of Warren and his team; and their positivity for planet, people and profit is infectious. I am delighted to be joining the team at Plan Bee and to be involved in a business which does good for the environment and positively enriches peoples’ lives.”

Mr McDavid replaces outgoing Chairman, Mike Lees. The former Tennents Caledonian Breweries chief is standing down due to personal reasons. Mr Lees successfully ushered in a new phase of industry for the fledgling business and initiated the development of Plan Bee’s Origin Honey and Beehive Brae brands.

Plan Bee provides beehive management services for a number of leading household brands including Kelloggs, Highland Spring, Balfour Beatty and Low Carbon. They also work with local authorities such as Glasgow City Council, Inverclyde Council and North Lanarkshire Council, for whom they also deliver Curriculum of Excellence sustainability education packages. The company has recently started exporting its Origin Honey brand overseas and is preparing its largest crowdfunding project to date.

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Scotland Food & Drink welcomes export

Warren Bader,

Origin Web1Scotland’s leading food industry body is welcoming Plan Bee’s Swiss export success.

Plan Bee worked closely with Scotland Food & Drink to prepare their international offering, with the organisation providing invaluable advice and support. It is an important year for Scotland, with businesses across the country looking to gain a foothold in overseas markets
during this Year of Food and Drink.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink added:

“Plan Bee’s Globus listing is great news. Scotland is rife with innovative companies like Plan Bee who are making great contribution to Scotland’s growing reputation as  a Land of Food and Drink.  Premium products produced to high standards with a great provenance story are central to the sector’s efforts and whilst our iconic products like Scottish salmon, Scotch whisky and Scotch beef are well known, we are blessed with an amazing diversity of products too. Honey is also now making its mark in international markets and as our industry continues its efforts to drive up export trade, it is great to see Plan Bee making its own significant contribution.”

The company’s sustainable honey products have already received acclaim from high-profile customers with the product used at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and by leading television chef Jamie Oliver. With the help of Scotland Food & Drink, Plan Bee is already looking at a number of other overseas markets in which to export its Origin Honey branded products and Beehive Brae Mead.

For further information please contact: warren@planbeeltd.com

 

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Swiss swoop sweet success 

Warren Bader, August 19, 2015

Plan Bee Glengoyne Web2Exclusive Swiss department store Globus has swooped to snap up the first large overseas export of award-winning Origin Honey, Scotland’s leading sustainable honey brand.

Origin is produced from Plan Bee Ltd’s ethically managed beehives which support dwindling honeybee populations in Europe. The multi-award winning company
is a unique eco-innovator,
producing the highest quality
Scottish honey.

Nirmala Alterher, Globus’ Head of Corporate Communications said:

“Our customers expect unique brands of the finest quality, and that’s certainly what Origin Honey has to offer. The blend of Scottish heather honey and Glengoyne single malt whisky is certain to become a favourite with our clientele, and fully embodies our ‘savoir vivre’ ethos.”

For further information please contact: warren@planbeeltd.com

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Seeing stars after Great Taste success

Warren Bader, August 12, 2015

GT 15 2-starLeading sustainability business, Plan Bee Ltd has just scooped a total of FOUR stars in the Guild of Fine Foods, Great Taste Awards.

The company’s Origin Honey brand lifted a prestigious two stars for its Heather Honey and an individual star for its Blossom Honey. The company’s Beehive Brae Elderflower and Rose Mead also bagged an individual star in the eminent food industry Oscars.

John Farrand, managing director and organiser of Great Taste said:

“Plan Bee has done exceptionally well in its first year of entering Great Taste. To receive three awards overall, one of which is a 2-star rating is testament to the quality of this honey. The judging process is rigorous, with a minimum of 10 palates, at least, tasting each product and Plan Bee should credit themselves among the UK’s elite food producers.”

The Great Taste awards are recognised as a stamp of excellence among both consumers and retailers alike. All products are judged by over 400 professionals, ranging from chefs, restaurateurs and producers to food critics and journalists in the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards.

More than 10,000 products were judged, with Plan Bee’s produce being among the leading entrants across the UK. Food buyers from leading stores Harrods and Selfridges were also joined by counterparts from Marks and Spencer and Waitrose on the judging panel.

Mark McDavid, Plan Bee’s Chair added:

“Our Origin Honey and Beehive Brae Meads are rubbing shoulders with among the finest foods in the UK. For two fledgling brands to be considered among such an exceptional field of products at this stage in their development is truly outstanding. Plan Bee offers one of the most exciting brand ranges I’ve ever seen in over 30 years in the industry. It’s sustainability and traceability are also unrivalled. We are delighted to be recognised by such an esteemed industry body and look forward to entering more of our products in future.”

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