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From Iowa to Brazil

AUNT SUE’S® new organic honey makes its way to America

When the five original beekeepers who started the Sioux Honey Association Co-op in 1921 began bottling their golden goodness, they probably never imagined their co-op would someday be working with beekeepers from Brazil. 

After all, for the past 100 years, our Sioux Honey headquarters has been based in Sioux City, Iowa, where it all began. Whether it’s SUE BEE® honey or AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Honey, it all comes from our U.S.A.-based co-op of beekeepers.

But, to be certified “organic,” honey has to come from a country like Brazil, which produces some of the highest-quality organic honey in the world. 

The certification process

To be considered organic, the apiaries (bee yards where hives are placed) must be a set number of square miles in any direction from GM (genetically modified) plants, fungicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. So no organic bee yard location can be near any urban areas or conventional agricultural fields, which is why there is no U.S. domestic honey that meets those organic requirements. Organic honey needs to be sourced from remote areas; that’s why we use only honey sourced from Brazil for our new AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Organic Honey. Because of this, we believe it to be some of the highest quality organic honey in the world.  

Best of the best

Once we decided to offer a Brazil-sourced organic honey, we set out on a search for the most respected beekeepers in the country. The Brazilian beekeepers we work with are carefully vetted, and we thoroughly review all of their beekeeping records during our organic audits to make sure each beekeeper is carrying the necessary certification levels.

To receive official organic certification, we use an internationally recognized laboratory partner that specializes in testing organic honey under the NOP (National Organic Program).

We also conduct annual audits at each of our honey collection locations in the United States (Sioux City, Iowa; Anaheim, California; and Elizabethtown, North Carolina) where auditors manage an on-site review of policies and procedures and inspect every area of the plant to make sure we remain in compliance with the organic standard.

The end result …

All of this rigorous testing and research has resulted in our new AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Organic Honey, the best-tasting organic honey we have found. You’ll find it slightly darker and not as sweet as our domestic honey, due to the different types of floral sources the bees forage in Brazil. But, if you are searching for a delicious and certified-organic honey, this is the honey for you.

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