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Buzz, December 23, 2015

BEEHIVE BRAE BOTTLES 1 smlThe List magazine has singled out Plan Bee’s Beehive Brae Honey Beer as one of its leading products during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015.

The Motherwell-based craft brewer is now producing two varieties of the Honey Beer in original blonde and new RED, both created for the Betterment of Bees. The List also nods towards Beehive Brae’s Elderflower and Rose Mead.

Warren Bader, CEO and Founder of Beehive Brae’s parent company Plan Bee Ltd said:

“We’re delighted to receive this mention and to be considered in such esteemed company. Having only been bottled last month it’s a real testament to the product and to our team that we are even being considered.

“We’re out there in a few restaurants and bars like the Guildford Arms in Edinburgh and Munros and the Battlefield Rest both in Glasgow. People are discovering the great taste and the refreshing environmental credentials behind Beehive Brae. Online sales have been slow, but we expect that to pick up as more and more people actually taste our beer.”

Beehive Brae Honey Beer is produced with honey from Plan Bee’s sustainably managed hives. The company works in partnership with some of the largest businesses in the UK to give them extra environmental clout. Sales of the beer help to support dwindling honeybee populations which have decreased by more than 50% in the last two decades alone.

The honey beer was only made possible following Plan Bee’s initial crowdfunding project in 2014, in which the young company was 175% successful, raising over £100,000 to help bring eco-innovative new products to market.

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No Bees, No Christmas

Buzz, December 10, 2015

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We’re all rushing about like busy bees preparing for Christmas. But without those busy bees there wouldn’t be a Christmas as we know it, and certainly our Christmas Dinner would be pretty grim.

Many of the yuletide staples and trimmings that we have come to expect as part of the great Christmas feed would cease to exist if it wasn’t for the humble little honeybee and its friends. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of the food that we eat. And without them, your big family feast would be greatly depleted.

Warren Bader, CEO and Founder of sustainability business Plan Bee Ltd is in no doubt that it would be a very different picture to what we have come to expect:

“Christmas is a really strong example of just how reliant we are on the humble little honeybee. They help to pollinate a third of the food that we eat, and at Christmas that would mean no cranberry sauce, no parsnips or carrots, no cloves or cherries for your Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, no apples for your mince pies and no holly. But perhaps most importantly, love them or loath them, no Brussels sprouts!”

Warren and his team have extensively promoted the extent to which our dinner tables, fridges and supermarket shelves would be effected without this tiny little creature.

University of Reading research found that honeybee populations had declined by around 50% in the last two decades through climate change, poor pesticide management and man’s negative impact on the environment. University of Bristol research has also found that honeybees and their pollinator friends are responsible for 80% of all plant species in Europe including both fruits and vegetables.

Plan Bee works with businesses big and small, from family-run companies to global brands to install and manage beehives. Working with dozens of companies, they’ve helped to preserve and protect more than 10-million honeybees in over 200 hives stretching from Aberdeen to Cornwall.

The eco-innovation business has attracted a number of new ‘partnerships’ in 2015 including Kellogg’s, L’Oreal, Low Carbon and British Gas, as more and more companies realise the importance of protecting honeybees and extending their sustainability reach. With one colony of honeybees capable of pollinating 4000m2 of fruit trees, Plan Bee’s partnership colonies could pollinate an area of agricultural land more than 110 times the size of Wembley.

Mark McDavid, Plan Bee Chair and experienced FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) Managing Director added:

“Plan Bee is about helping people to realise the importance of these tiny creatures in protecting the delicate balance of our ecosystem. They play a huge part in the UK’s £96Bn food industry and its time that across the sector we all supported them more. Just looking at our Christmas dining table both with and without bees should be enough to spur us all into action. This is the most precious meal of the year, but it has a much wider reflection that hits home the impact we are having on these tiny creatures and our wider environment.”

ENDS

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Bee Biz Gets High-Tech Buzz

Buzz, December 7, 2015

Low Carbon web1Leading sustainability business Plan Bee Ltd is going high tech in its mission to save endangered honeybees.

With honeybee populations virtually across Europe having been decimated in the last two decades alone, UK beehive management business Plan Bee Ltd is turning to technology in a bid to gather greater evidence.

The eco-innovator is working together with renewable energy partner Low Carbon to install unique monitoring systems that not only measure hive temperatures and humidity, but also hive acoustics.

Plan Bee CEO and Founder Warren Bader has more:

“Honeybee populations across Europe have been in rapid decline over the last 20 years, and at Plan Bee Ltd we’re working alongside companies big and small to ensure we address that decline. Already we’ve restored more than 10-million honeybees to the environment. Measuring hive data such as temperature, humidity and even acoustics will provide essential evidence on the health of the honeybee colony and how best we can protect these vital little creatures.”

As well as the effects of climate change, poor pesticide management and man’s impact on the environment, honeybee colonies are also being hit with ‘hive rustling’, where commercial hives are stolen from farms and sold on for their valuable contents. Monitoring can also help to track any such stolen hives.

The data monitors not only collect information on conditions within the hive, but also map the daily flight information, fanning activity and access the efficiency within the collection and processing of the colony’s nectar.

Most importantly, the system studies the major influence played by the external environment on various colonies. The initial instrumentation will be hosted at Low Carbon solar parks across the south of England, from Cornwall and Dorset to Suffolk.

Quentin Scott, Low Carbon’s Marketing Director added:

“Our solar parks, as well as providing a source of clean, renewable energy, can also provide a safe, biodiverse home for honeybees. Already they offer a protected habitat to a number of species. We welcome the development of this innovative monitoring technology and we’re only too happy to assist Plan Bee in their pioneering efforts, particularly if it helps to safeguard bees now and for the future.”

Hive monitoring can provide the greatest reliability and consistency in environmental monitoring. All data collected is time-stamped to the second, and isn’t reliant on manual operation. Locating on relatively isolated solar parks, adjacently located to agricultural land provides a unique location to monitor impacts away from man-made influences. It could also provide valuable information for farmers.

Warren Bader concluded:

“This online monitoring system means we can dip into the findings at any time. They are useful for a number of scientists and others reliant on environmental data, as they also provide evidence on air temperature, sunshine and rainfall on a hive-by-hive basis. We believe this honeybee monitoring system could provide beekeepers and scientists globally with the information they need to protect and preserve these vital little creatures that are responsible for pollinating a third of the food that we eat.”

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Beer biz launches Christmas Kickstarter

Buzz, December 4, 2015

Kickstarter ImageBeehive Brae is a brand new British honey beer produced for the Betterment of Bees.

We use only the finest British honey from our sustainably managed, ethical beehives, in fact, we have already helped to protect and preserve 10 million honeybees.

That’s why we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to not only promote the issues around dwindling honeybee numbers, but also to raise vital funding to protect and restore millions more valuable bees to the environment.

Warren Bader, Beehive Brae CEO is urging everyone with even an inkling of interest in the environment to support the spirit of Christmas future:

“Can you imagine what Christmas might look like without the valuable little honeybee? They’re responsible for pollinating a third of the food that we eat. Around the Christmas dinner table that would mean no cranberry sauce for your turkey, no sage for the stuffing and certainly no parsnips, carrots or Brussel sprouts.

“We’re doing everything we can to restore millions of honeybees back into the British environment and ensure that we continue to enjoy all the foods we’ve become accustomed to, not only at this time but all year round. We know that this is a concern for millions of people and we’re urging them to give just a little bit of their time and money to support our Kickstarter campaign.”

The campaign has a dual purpose. Not only will supporters help to protect honeybees, but they will also support a great new British beer and mead. The growing craft beer movement is now worth more than £225million annually to the UK economy and Beehive Brae is finding its own, independent niche within that. The Great Taste award-winning Elderflower and Rose mead also helps to support honeybee populations. Popularity of the honey wine has increased markedly over the last few years through shows like Game of Thrones.

Beehive Brae Chair, Mark McDavid who is a veteran of the fast moving consumer goods market and has led companies the likes of Hallmark Cards and Aunt Bessies, added:

“Beehive Brae is truly a pint with purpose. I was delighted to join this ambitious sustainability company earlier this year, and to give them some of my 30 years’ experience. This is about not only supporting bees, but small British businesses, British beer and British workers. Warren and the team have a real social conscious, as well as a great tasting honey beer. Beehive Brae’s smooth taste is matched only by its refreshing environmental credentials and I would encourage anyone who thinks similarly to back them.”

If you like your beer fresh, like your beer British, like your beer with strong notes of independence, but most importantly if you like your beer with a full-bodied flavour of doing what is right for the planet, then please donate what you can and join #GenerationBee:

www.kickstarter.com/beehive-brae

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Building buzz around small business

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Great British Beer 3Plan Bee is helping to build the buzz around Small Business Saturday (5th December 2015).

The annual event, which takes place on the first Saturday in December, encourages UK shoppers to think about their small, local companies rather than looking to huge supermarkets and the usual High Street retailers.

Warren Bader, CEO and Founder of Plan Bee Ltd said:

“Small businesses account for a huge £1.8 TRILLION share of the UK’s economy, but they also account for millions of UK jobs. Nearly 16 million people are employed by over five million small businesses across the country. These businesses are helping to increase and diversify the skills that we have here in Britain, and to raise the profile of the country internationally as a country to do business with.”

Last year more than £500million was spent on Small Business Saturday, as shoppers flooded out in support, with 64% of UK consumers aware of the now annual event.

National Campaign Director, Michelle Ovens added:

“The Small Business Saturday campaign plays a valuable role in focusing the minds of consumers and business people on what small businesses in any sector or line of business can offer in terms of range of products and services and levels of customer service. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is personal and means you are supporting somebody you know.”

Plan Bee has become a leading light in the small business community in Scotland, as one of the fastest growing sustainability businesses in Britain. The company has scooped around 30 accolades in less than five years, working out at around one every eight weeks. The company has worked closely with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to promote its sustainability brand and high quality honey products not only in Scotland, but across the UK and internationally.

Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said:

“Small businesses like Plan Bee are the bedrock of the community, and it should be remembered that every big company started off as a small one. It’s important that consumers support local enterprise, and Small Business Saturday highlights that well.”

Small businesses account for a huge £1.8 TRILLION share of the UK’s economy, but they also account for millions of UK jobs. Nearly 16 million people are employed by over five million small businesses across the country. These businesses are helping to increase and diversify the skills that we have here in Britain, and to raise the profile of the country internationally as a country to do business with.

 

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