Liberia Pure Honey has defeated honeys from six African countries to clinch the Charitable Organization Working with Beekeepers category first place prize at the just-ended London Honey Show.
The London Honey Show, according to the information on its website, exists to encourage and promote beekeeping by showcasing honey and related products through the medium of national and international competitive classes.
Liberia Pure Honey co-founder, Gladys Freeman, said in a statement that they won the prize because of their honey superior aroma, taste, and viscosity.
Ms. Freeman, who is also a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, said: “Since Liberia Pure Honey’s inception, we have been committed to producing a world-class product which would make us stand out, so it’s not a surprise that we would emerge number one.”
To win in its category, Liberia Pure Honey had beat out finalists from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Since its inception in 2012, Liberia Pure Honey has created jobs in rural Liberia with a policy to treat bees and the land with the respect they deserve.
She added that the business has over the years reinvested its profits into the development of a honey industry that will improve the lives of people across the country.
“With very few income generating opportunities outside of the major cities and no local honey in grocery stores, the business entity knew if it created a market for quality honey, more people could become beekeepers and gain an added source of income.
“We view the award as belonging to all the employees of the company, the beekeepers of this nation and Liberia. The award demonstrates that Liberia has the resources to produce premium products that can compete on an international stage,” she said.
As one of the poorest countries of the world, the company is helping subsistence farmers to boost their income, since beekeeping is accessible to all.
Since its founding five years ago, the company purchases at fair trade prices and packages the product for supermarket shelves and reinvested profit into infrastructure and training.