We focus on authenticity, safety and quality. We work with only trusted, carefully selected beekeepers. We invest in our company through use of the latest technology in our high-tech labs and facilities. We lead the charge on traceability. We support and further efforts in sustainable farming practices, honeybee research, habitat preservation, beekeeping traditions and consumer education.
Did you know that millions of pounds of mislabeled and illegally sourced Chinese honey made its way to grocery stores across America? Most times this honey was contaminated with cheap sugar syrup like high fructose corn syrup and residue from harmful antibiotics and pesticides. Barkman Honey has led the charge in combating this illegal and adulterated honey through the True Source Honey program. We’re the first U.S. honey packer to achieve the True Source Certified® stamp of approval.
True Source is a honey industry certification program with audits conducted by a third party to validate that honey is lawfully purchased, ethically sourced in a transparent and traceable manner, quality tested, handled safely and securely, and truthfully labeled. When you see the True Source Certified label, it promises to uphold these standards and is consistent with the traceability requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011.
Of course all Barkman Honey is True Source Certified and fully traceable back to its origin. For us, it’s a badge of honor. For you, it’s peace of mind.
No one has a more focused commitment to product safety than Barkman Honey. The results speak for themselves. They’re also backed by a sizeable investment in safety training, equipment and processes.
Our state-of-the-art labs are the most technically advanced in the industry. Each of our dedicated team members is trained in food safety and defense, and is vigilant about performing regular safety and quality audits. The raw honey we receive from our producers goes through comprehensive testing, including antibiotic and pesticide detection.
There are more than 300 varieties of flowers in the world that provide nectar for making honey. That’s why rigorous testing for impurities along with proper color, moisture and flavor isn’t just essential in maintaining product specifications and Food Quality Program standards - it’s vital to providing you consistently delicious honey, bottle after bottle.
Our trained Flavor Sensory Panel Technicians evaluate and score raw honey using a 40-point scale. Our Sensory Experts then use advanced proprietary technology to blend together just the right combination of unadulterated honey.
We’re the first U.S. honey packer to achieve and maintain a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 certification, the highest level attainable. As the only system to ensure both food safety and quality criteria, SQF Level 3 provides a product specification which must be in compliance for every batch of product – or we won’t ship it.
We’ve even created the Extracting Facility Survey, a tool used to develop industry best practices and help honey producers grade their facilities, leading to improved overall quality. This auditing tool was shared and has since been adopted for industry-wide use by the NHB Quality Assurance Committee and endorsed by the USDA.