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Beekeeping Today Podcast


Oct 26, 2020

Matthew PetterssonIn this episode, Kirsten sits down with Matthew Pettersson of Madhu Honey, who fell into beekeeping after a chance encounter with a giant jar of honey in a New York City apartment. Fascinated by honey bees and the golden honey they create, he ended up working for a commercial organic beekeeper in Germany, who runs four to six thousand colonies – much larger than one typically thinks about organic beekeeping, envisioning small bucolic apiaries with a beekeeper very much in-tune with their bees.

Hooked, he didn’t want to stop over the winter and so headed to New Zealand in the southern hemisphere to keep working bees. One of his beekeeping buddies offered him four barrels of ManukaMatthew Pettersson honey to sell in Europe. Because he had left a job in logistics, he knew all about imports and exports. And so, he founded Madhu Honey, importing high quality manuka honey to the EU market—a business born from the successful sale of his first imported pallet, sold before it even arrived in the harbor.

Madhu Honey will be available in the USA the winter of 2020-2021.

Additional information:

Contact Matthew directly at: madhu@madhuhoney.com.

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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue"