Phil owns and runs Dunlop Apiaries, a small family business located at Plainland in the Lockyer Valley. They supply local pure raw honey to businesses and markets in the Valley as well as surrounding areas. Dunlop Apiaries also supplies bee hives to local farmers for pollination of watermelon and pumpkin crops as well as avocados, passion fruit, apples and macadamia nuts.
Phil also turns his honey into creamed honey, which contains a large number of small crystals in the honey. The small crystals prevent the formation of larger crystals that can occur in unprocessed honey. The processing also produces a honey with a smooth spreadable consistency. Phil adds cinnamon and ginger to make flavoured creamed honey for Food Connect.
Seed companies require the bees to pollinate new varieties of sunflower and canola seed. Phil has many hives, which he moves between locations to help other local farmers with their pollination. Depending on where the bees’ hives have been located, you get different tastes of honey - Blue Gum, Ironbark, Spotted Gum, Tea Tree, Brush Box, Yellow Box Bloodwood, Stringybark, and Macadamia. The honey is provided to Food Connect in its raw unpasturised form – straight from the bees
Honey is totally natural. It has nothing added to it, is not processed, has no additives, is not flavoured or coloured and only the honeybee knows how to produce it.