GloryBee Hires Manager of Environmental Stewardship

GloryBee Natural Foods, in the business of honey and premium ingredients since 1975, is excited to announce the addition of Grant Martin, Environmental Stewardship Manager, to its team. Mr. Martin most recently managed Sustainability Assessment Services for the Global Electronics Council (GEC). Prior to joining GEC, Mr. Martin worked for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Solutions in both the private and public sectors within the building, construction, and electronic markets. His professional background additionally spans environmental analysis of manufacturing product Life Cycle Assessments, environmental auditing, regulatory compliance, sustainable material procurement, green design, pollution/climate change mitigation, and energy, water, and waste conservation best practices

“GloryBee has been committed to sustainability and stewarding our natural resources, especially pollinators, since the early days of our company when we recycled honey containers out of necessity,” said President and Beekeeper, Alan Turanski. “We’ve been invested in a positive legacy since before we became B Corp. certified and we’re excited that with Grant’s experience in environmental auditing, planning and regulatory compliance, we can further cement our position as a business of the future.”

Mr. Martin has both national and international work experience, an ideal fit for GloryBee which works both domestically and abroad to secure the highest quality, traceable, organic, and non-GMO ingredients for its customers.

“We’re really excited to continue to push ourselves to discover innovations in the honey and natural ingredients industry – whether that be production, packaging, distribution or waste minimization – while also ensuring we are protecting the resources we’ve been gifted with,” continued Turanski.

Mr. Martin holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies/Organizational Communication as well as a Sustainable Business Strategy Certificate, all from the University of Montana. He is also an accredited LEED Green Associate from the United States Green Building Council. 

GloryBee Launches Ukraine Sunflower Honey to Raise Funds for Refugee Relief Effort on Ukrainian Independence Day

GloryBee Natural Foods, in the business of honey and premium ingredients since 1975, has launched a limited-time product, Ukraine Sunflower Honey, to help raise funds for non-profits serving the Ukrainian people. Partnering with Oregon and Washington specialty grocers, including Market of Choice (MOC), Ukraine honey will be available in all MOC locations in time for Ukraine Independence Day, August 24th. One hundred percent of GloryBee’s profits from the sale of this honey will be split between two non-profits working to provide food and health services to the Ukrainian people.

“We’ve been connected to Ukraine and its beekeepers for more than a decade,” said Alan Turanski, President and Beekeeper at GloryBee. “When the war began, we were devastated to find how quickly these communities we had come to know were being displaced and impacted and we knew we had to do something.”

Ukraine Sunflower Honey will be available at Market of Choice, Town & Country, and PCC Community Markets. Funds raised from the sale of this honey will be shared between World Central Kitchen and Medical Teams International, which is based just north of GloryBee in Portland, OR.

“Medical Teams’ staff are working diligently to provide much-needed medical care and mental health support to Ukrainian refugees and to those in need within the country,” said Martha Newsome, President & CEO of Medical Teams International. “We are so thankful that funds from GloryBee’s new Ukraine Sunflower Honey will help support this critical, ongoing work.”

World Central Kitchen, the brainchild of famous Spanish chef, José Andrés, has been mobilizing and working with restaurants and chefs around the world since the early onset of the war to provide food to refugees and people displaced by the war in Ukraine. Follow this organization’s work here.

GloryBee developed a Ukraine honey product because it sources a significant amount of sunflower honey from Ukraine each year and could quickly mobilize a Ukraine-specific offering.

“Ukraine sunflower honey is bright and rich in color,” continued Turanski. “This honey is really versatile and I think people will love it. It is also TrueSource Certified which is really important to GloryBee because it supports our commitment to honey purity and traceability.”

“We’re honored to be asked to participate in this effort to support organizations making a difference in Ukraine. There is nothing as sweet as supporting our communities near and far. Thank you to GloryBee for their work bringing this honey to our stores,” said Wes Beamer, Corporate Natural Foods Buyer / Sales Manager at Market of Choice.

GloryBee, Expert in Honey and Natural Food Ingredients, Expands Operation

GloryBee, in the business of honey and premium ingredients since 1975, is expanding. Building upon previous investments in infrastructure, production, and distribution, GloryBee will double its production capacity in Eugene moving from its current location on Seneca Rd. to a 78,000 SF space on Irving Rd., formerly inhabited by PakTech.

“GloryBee has been expanding its operations these past few years and this move is a strategic step to invest further in R&D and production capabilities,” said Alan Turanski, President and 2nd generation beekeeper at GloryBee. “This new location provides the opportunity to create a custom build-out of production equipment to really up-scale our process and further innovate in the world of honey. We’re excited to position GloryBee for significant growth and development for years to come.”

GloryBee’s move from Seneca to Irving Rd. will grow production capability from 20 million to 50 million pounds of honey annually. Facilities in the Midwest, established earlier this summer, further expanded GloryBee’s footprint across the US providing production and access to product in the Midwest and East coast.

“We’re so pleased to continue to invest in the community where we got started,” said Turanski. “Lane County and our Eugene location have proven to have great proximity to rail, trucking routes, and to provide centralized access to Washington and California.”

GloryBee will officially move into its new space on Irving Road in January of 2023.

Media only inquiries, please contact Lisa MacMaster, lisa.macmaster@glorybee.com

Why We like Natural Sweeteners Better Than Artificial

When you sweeten a cup of coffee or tea, you want to do so in as healthy a way as possible. However, with the vast majority of artificial sweeteners promising health benefits over more natural options, it’s easy to confuse the healthiest choice. These are some points that help explain why natural sweeteners are better than artificial ones.

Artificial Can Make You Crave More

Some artificial sweeteners obtain their flavor profile through a mixture of chemicals while offering little to no nutritional benefits. With this in mind, artificial sweeteners tend to be sweeter in lower concentrations than sugar but can be provided in the same amount in individual packets. This results in people who consume artificial sweeteners perceiving foods sweetened with natural sugars as less sweet, sometimes causing them to sweeten it further. 

Natural Sweeteners Don’t Use Chemicals

Natural sweeteners are exactly as they sound—natural. Because of this, any substance in a natural sweetener is a result of the processes of nature coming together to create it. With that in mind, companies that buy bulk honey or other natural sweeteners can often claim slight nutritional benefits.

Easier To Metabolize Natural Sweeteners

Since natural sweeteners are not unnaturally created via chemical mixtures, it can be easier for your body to digest and incorporate them into its usual functions. Some even claim that artificial sweeteners run the risk of unnaturally interacting with your body in unpredictable ways.

Keeping your body healthy is best done by consuming natural foods that do not result from artificial processes. By considering why natural sweeteners are better than artificial ones, you can make better choices for your health. Hopefully, better and healthier wellbeing awaits you as you carefully select the ingredients you use in your foods and drinks.

Which Dry Foods Have the Longest Shelf Life?

The greatest benefit to certain dry foods is their ability to last for long periods of time when stored properly. This comes in handy for a number of reasons, including having a long-lasting inventory to sell or emergency rations in case of a crisis. Regardless of your needs, here are a few types of dry foods that have the longest shelf life.

White Rice

White rice is one of the best fillers for any meal. With that in mind, it is best to store this grain at lower temperatures or with oxygen absorbers. When done properly, uncooked white rice is capable of lasting anywhere from 2 to 10 years. The shelf life highly depends on the area it is in, but typically, it takes a while for this food to spoil on its own.

Pasta

Similar to rice, pasta lasts a long time when stored in a sealed container. It is good to know that uncooked pasta does not really expire per se, but it loses quality once it gets close to two years of storage. Wholesale food suppliers are sure to have an easy time selling or holding on to pasta because it doesn’t require much maintenance besides making sure the container is sealed. 

Flour

While it still lasts a long time, flour does not have the longevity of hard grains and foods. An unopened bag of flour can last upward of 10 years when stored with oxygen absorbers. However, if not stored in airtight containers or if already opened, flour lasts anywhere from three to eight months. 

Dried Fruits and Vegetables

Dehydrated foods have a surprisingly long shelf life. While it depends on the type of food and storage methods used, dehydrated foods are capable of lasting around 10 to 30 years or more. However, it is important to ensure that the fruits or vegetables are completely dehydrated. Otherwise, their shelf life dwindles down to between four months to a year.

Having a good inventory of dry foods to sell is a great way to avoid having to keep an eye on their quality given their natural longevity. While these items cannot always be eaten out of the box, it doesn’t take long to prepare them. Hopefully, by considering a few of these dry foods that have the longest shelf life, you will have an easier time stocking up for your next busy season or getting ready for an emergency. 

Fighting Food Fraud in the Honey Industry Podcast

GloryBee's President & Beekeeper Alan Turanski welcomes our first guest on Straight from the Hive, Julie Willoughby, GloryBee's Quality Assurance Manager.

Alan and Julie discuss food fraud in the honey industry and how GloryBee has been fighting this long before the FDA required it and the steps GloryBee takes to ensure quality honey. They also discussed highlights from Julie's visit to Thailand and Vietnam with GloryBee's Founder, Dick Turanski, why she is interested in working with bees and honey, and of course, her favorite type of honey!

3 Tips for the Long-Term Storage of Flour

Flour is one of the most common ingredients in baked goods. However, keeping large amounts of flour fresh for a long period of time can become an issue for plenty of bakeries and cafés. If you use flour daily and always end up throwing some out before using it all, these three tips for the long-term storage of flour will be helpful to know.

Remove the Air

Flour can absorb the smell of its surrounding area. Because of this, storing flour with as little air as possible is important. Some methods to accomplish this include storing the flour in its original bag within another Ziploc bag, with as much air squeezed out as possible. Another option is to transfer the flour into an airtight container, which does the same job as the previous method with less work and easier retrieval.

Lower the Temperature

Flour is prone to going rancid after a certain period of time, sometimes developing a sour smell. Humid and hot areas tend to speed up this process. Storing flour in colder areas such as a fridge or freezer is a good method for slowing down this process and making it last much longer than it would in a pantry or cabinet.

Keep It Away From the Sun

Sunlight is another factor that speeds up the process of spoiling. Light also promotes oxidation within the flour, so keep it in darker areas, away from spots that sunlight can slip through. For a larger amount of flour that a typical container cannot hold, storing it in bags in a dark, cool area is a viable method to maintain its quality.

Everyone wants the best-tasting foods, and these strategies are sure to help bakeries accomplish that goal. Knowing how to properly store ingredients plays a big part in increasing their longevity. Bulk food wholesalers that aim to provide first-rate food items will hopefully be able to take advantage of these three tips for the long-term storage of flour.

The Best Dressings To Include in Your Salad

Salads are excellent in their diversity and flexibility in ingredients and flavors. A little variety never hurt anyone. Considering some of the best dressings to include in your salad, you can spice things up for yourself without having to test your preferences alone. But eating the same thing over and over again is sure to tire you out at some point.

Sesame Ginger

If you’re looking to get in touch with your Asian palate, look no further but a simple mix of tahini, rice vinegar, ginger, and soy sauce. This tangy and savory dressing is sure to make your mouth water with its amalgam of unique flavors and slight sweetness. Sesame ginger dressing is excellent for those looking for a little kick in their salad while enjoying the fresh flavors that ginger draws out from the other veggies in your bowl.

Balsamic Honey

There is a complexity to the flavor profile of balsamic vinegar, and enhancing its inherent sweetness with your favorite wholesale raw honey is an excellent way to create a complementary vinaigrette for sweeter salads. A perfect addition to a spinach berry salad, this dressing almost makes your meal feel like a dessert. For those looking to indulge in some natural sweetness, consider this vinaigrette for your next lunchtime excursion.

Sriracha Mayo 

Maybe sweetness isn’t your style, and you have a bit of a wilder side that is always looking for something to spice things up. Worry no longer as you prepare to clear those sinuses with a delectably spicy siracha mayo dressing. Take your tongue on a journey to an island escape with this dressing, and it is unlikely to have anything left over for later. Those who have enjoyed spicy sushi should find themselves in familiar territory, and adding it into a fresh Hawaiian raw-tuna salad is sure to get the tastebuds raving for more.

For those seeking a bit of change from the salad dressing norms,you can spice up your midday lunch while giving yourself more to look forward to next time with these custom salad dressings. Consider some of the best dressings to include in your salad; the range is certainly not limited to what is recommended, either. Others are sure to have their personal favorites, and custom-making one with all your favorite flavors is never too far out of reach.