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Future looks sweet for Arataki

Arataki Honey has been part of the Kiwi breakfast table for generations. And the iconic Hawke's Bay business is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to planning for its future.

If you don’t already have some in your pantry, you’ll likely have seen Arataki Honey lining the shelves at your local supermarket.

What started with 131 hives in 1944 is now a nationally recognised and beloved New Zealand honey brand. Today, the company has over a billion employees – made up of 100 people and 1.5 billion bees across three sites around the country, including their Hawke’s Bay Visitor’s Centre headquarters.

“We are a bunch of people that enjoy doing our jobs well and care about our bees,” says Arataki Honey Marketing and Sales Manager, Genevieve Renall. “We’re a family-owned organisation and people and bees are at the heart of what we do.”

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Arataki's honey range is instantly recognisable as a kiwi staple

A trusted Kiwi brand

Arataki Honey has captured a large share of the honey market in New Zealand, especially with their best-selling product Squeeze Me Honey.

“Customers see us as a brand they can trust,” says Genevieve. “In fact, this year we picked up the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand of Honey award. I think that’s really because of our genuine care for our customers’ needs and the consistency in our brand over the years that makes a difference.

"When you have been a family-run organisation for 77 years, you have those values at the heart of what you’re doing.”

Genevieve Renall, Sales and Marketing Manager

Arataki Honey’s bees do a lot more than just produce honey as well – naturally, bees also pollinate. Arataki Honey provides hives to orchardists and commercial crop growers to help transfer pollen between flowers, enabling the production of seeds and ultimately fruit. And for an agricultural region like the Hawke’s Bay, that’s a big role to play.

“It’s a big part of what we do,” Genevieve continues. “The value of that to New Zealand’s GDP is actually more than what the honey is worth, so that service is quite a big contributor that can often be overlooked.”

A sweet partnership  

“Since teaming up with Crombie Lockwood around 2006, our insurance has been much smoother and easier to organise,” says Arataki Honey Director, Pam Flack. “Our broker Adrienne has been working with us a long time and has a huge knowledge of what we do and what our insurance needs are.”

For Pam it’s the friendly, professional, skilled nature of those at Crombie Lockwood that makes Arataki Honey’s insurance needs easy to manage.

“Crombie Lockwood helps us arrange insurance for all aspects; from working in forests, to food safety and exporting honey around the world. They know the market and work to get us the best insurance cover at the best price for us.”
Pam Flack, Director Arataki Honey

Arataki Honey staff checks a jar of honey on the production line

Packed honey pots being visually checked as part of quality control

Insurance that evolves as Arataki grows  

Insurance broker Adrienne Heney of Crombie Lockwood Hawke’s Bay branch  says understanding the value of Arataki Honey's assets is important for her to be able to recommend the right protection. She knows just how long the family business has been running and steadily growing.

 “Arataki have invested in valuable plant and machinery, together with the buildings housing this equipment, so this needs to be insured correctly,” she says. “Likewise, the volume being produced that is now travelling and being sold throughout New Zealand and around the world needs to have the correct liability cover in place to protect their investment.”

While the odd challenge or road bump can crop up, like when a truck rolled into a ditch three years ago, there is always a plan in place to weather it.

“I put it down to the way they manage their business, and the fact that they've got passionate people behind it,” Adrienne concludes. “Arataki take the extra care and precautions to avoid controllable risks to their business.”


Published September 2021

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