Sky River Sweet Mead

Sky River Sweet MeadSky River Sweet Mead enjoys a lingering full honey body. 

The intricate notes of the flowers and fruits that prelude the making of the honey are richly represented in this mead, reminiscent of a German Riesling. In the winter, try warming Sky River Sweet Mead with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom.

Sky River Meadery was established in 1997, with the first wines released in 1999. Sky River is a woman owned Washington winery, proud to be among the older wineries in the state. The finest Washington Honey is selected for Sky River Mead, as well as local Washington fruit.

21st Annual Dairy 100 Released

It’s dairy’s time to celebrate, as releases its annual list of movers and shakers in the industry. And, not surprisingly, honey plays an important role in several top companies’ products.

Nestle USA retained the top spot of the Top 10 Publicly Held companies. Its Bit-O-Honey provides a unique honey taste with a long lasting chew. The rich, creamy honey-nutty flavor makes for a treat like no other, boasting low-fat and natural honey.

Publix made a leap from No. 28 to No. 8 on the Privately Held list, no doubt with help from Publix‘s Honey Goat Cheese. This cheese is hand-crafted from fresh, high-quality goat milk, and is made with honey. This cheese is the perfect snack with crackers, as a dessert or served with fruits and nuts.

Land O Lakes jumped from No. 4 to overtake the No. 1 spot on the Top 10 Cooperatives list. Land O Lakes Honey Butter spread is an all-natural butter swirled with the sweetness of pure honey to make it a dairy delight. It’s great with biscuits, toast, hot cereal or vegetables.

Kraft is a household name in the United States, and this year the company rose to No. 4 on the Top 10 Dairy Processors list. Kraft Milk Bites are a great snacking or meal replacement treat made with honey, whole grain granola, raisins and milk. Varieties include strawberry, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and mixed berry.

Consumers Showering Organic Beverage Market with Praise

While organic foods are certainly a demand that consumers aren’t giving up anytime soon, the organic beverage market is on the upswing as well, especially in the 18- to 35-year-old demographic.

According to the Hartman Group’s “Organics and Natural 2014 Report,” nearly three-quarters of those polled said that they drink organic beverages “at least occasionally.” Almost 90% of the 18- to 35-year-old age range reported occasional consumption.
The Organic Trade Association reports that domestic sales of organic products as a whole reached $35.1 billion last year, marking an 11.5% increase in sales from the previous year. In addition, the Association predicts that sales will grow even more in the next two years.
For consumers who love organic beverage products and organic honey, try these made with honey products:

Pacific‘s Barista Series Chai Organic Black Tea contains all organic ingredients, including honey, cinnamon, spice extracts, clove and nutmeg. The result is a warm, spicy flavor profile with a hint of sweetness—perfect for those long winter days and nights.
Enjoy the crisp and fresh taste of Chinese green tea by the Republic of Tea mixed with natural honey, organic green tea and organic lemon flavor. The tea is certified gluten-, sugar- and carb-free.

Honeybush Peach is a delicious variety in Suja Juice’s first line of organic, cold-brewed, cold-pressured teas. This classic take on peach tea includes organic honey, peach and tulsi tea. It is kosher-certified and dairy-, soy- and gluten-free.

Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve

Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve

This small batch, hand crafted premium apple cider from Crispin is smoothed with real organic honey for a rich, creamy, full-bodied crisp taste.

The premium apple juice blend is naturally fermented with three to five different apples using a unique Cloudy Filtration process. The cider is gluten-free.

Crispin Cider is based in Colfax, Calif., with imported ciders also produced in England. The company was formerly located in Minneapolis, Minn., however when the company acquired Fox Barrel Cider in 2010, the cidery based in California was included in the purchase, allowing for the headquarters to be moved. Joe and Lesley Heron founded Crispin in 2004.

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch

Rogue Farms’ Honey Kolsch is made with Rogue hopyard honey and wildflower honey, alluvial hops, free-range coastal water and Kolsch #2 yeast.

There are no chemicals, additives or preservatives in the 750 ml bottle or draft beer.

In 1987, some like-minded “Rogues” had an idea to start a brew pub. The first brewery and pub opened in October 1988 by Lithia Creek. Rogue’s Bayfront Pub opened in May 1989 with the brewery that began in a basement in Ashland moving to a garage in Newport, Ore.