Like many new ideas our story began with a discovery
My partner Sharyn and I had been working together for many years in the family business, and had lately been chatting about how we might combine our varied skills into a new venture.
We'd worked with Manuka honey previously, but it was on our long drive south as we relocated the family from Auckland to Christchurch that our new enterprise began to form. Sampling delicious honey offerings from roadside stalls proved to a foodie like Sharyn, irresistible. It was like nothing we'd ever tried before – natural, pure and regionally distinct; these were honeys that spoke of their environment. By the time we reached Christchurch, the business plan had been imagined and J.Friend and Co was born.
We are really inspired by the people we met in the early days, just a few short years ago, and so would like to thank the beekeepers who have been so enthusiastic about our ideas and keen to share their knowledge and time. We will forever treasure our memories of visiting areas of the country previously unknown to us, spotting the clusters of painted beehives proudly occupying some of New Zealand's most majestic locations.
Talking to the beekeepers (some of them fourth generation!) really convinced us that we were doing the right thing – passing on their knowledge and educating hungry foodies as to the wonderful work achieved by farming's greatest unsung hero, the honey bee.
Join us and discover the joy that is raw honey,
Jeremy Friend & Sharyn Woodnorth
Beekeeping is woven into the colonial heritage of our country. We work with passionate beekeepers; it is their dedication and expertise at tending to the bees with care and selecting the best locations to keep their hives that creates such a special and unique product.