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Living Proof of Value in Bee Products

Wednesday, 19 August 2009  |  Admin

Bee products pioneer shows the real life value of bee pollen products in turning 99 this week.

Claude Stratford is the aspirational founder of iconic New Zealand natural products company Comvita. Having started with his first beehive in 1921 at age 11, he is still passionate to this day about maintaining his health - he continues to take bee pollen and manuka honey - and is known to help supply his neighbour retirees at his Te Puke home.

Having suffered ill-health as a child, and being in and out of hospital, his health dramitically improved when he discovered the benefits of taking products from the hive. This led to a lifelong quest to create the best natural remedies from bee-related products.

From being a sickly child, he didn't retire until the grand age of 95. Even at 99, Claude still demonstrates a thirst for learning and can often be found with his head buried in a pile of books reading up on the latest findings in natural health. In the past, he's also been known to call upon Comvita staff to get his hands on raw ingredients for experimenting with.

He opened the first Comvita shop just before Christmas in 1976, selling manuka honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly, and Claude's own special recipe Herbal Elixir (which is still a best seller in winter today). 

It is due to this long history and commitment to product quality and purity that is part of the DNA of Comvita, that The New Zealand Honey Shop is proud to help you also use these bee products. A heritage that goes back to 1921, and real life value in the products as shown by 99 year old Claude.

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