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Introducing the Newest Member of the Burleson’s Family

Change is good—for honey. That’s why we’ve added some of the tastiest flavors in nature to our rich, creamy honey for a decadent and versatile addition to our product line. We couldn’t be prouder to introduce the newest member of the Burleson’s family: Burleson’s Flavored Cream Raw Honey.

Just like our original Honey Spread, the possibilities are endless. Stir it into your coffee or tea, use it on pancakes and French toast, or top off your morning toast, biscuit, muffin or scone. Create a new sandwich sensation, or top off your favorite ice cream or dessert! This natural source of energy is a treat everyone can enjoy and feel good about. And it’s available in four delectable varieties—blackberry, maple, peach and strawberry.

Ask for it at your favorite retailer or click here for more information.

Have You Heard the Buzz About Honey-Infused Bourbon?

Burleson’s Honey is all abuzz about our first collaboration with Texas distilled spirits maker Garrison Brothers. After many months of meticulous recipe testing and seven months in the barrel, Garrison Brothers HoneyDew Straight Bourbon, a limited-edition bourbon whiskey infused with Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey, will be ready for tasting and sale this month at Garrison Brothers.

The delicious golden nectar will be unveiled Aug. 17 at the HoneyDew Hullabaloo Distillery Launch Party—one day before National Honey Bee Day. Gates will be open noon to 6 p.m. at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas, in the heart of the Hill Country between Austin and Fredericksburg, Texas.

Come see us at the Burleson’s Honey educational tent and learn more about honey bees and bee conservation. The festivities will also include refreshing frozen drinks from Frost 321 and a mobile cigar lounge by Habana Cowboy. “It’s been an honor to assist a Texas original like Garrison Brothers to help bring their honey-infused bourbon to market,” said Burleson’s Honey President Tim Burleson. 

Garrison Brothers’ crafting yielded only 4,000 bottles, not enough for a state-wide release but plenty for the launch party, so come on down to the distillery at Hye noon Aug. 17 to get yours! Click here for more information about the HoneyDew Hullabaloo and exactly how this special bourbon was developed. Read the Garrison Brothers press release here.


Burleson Named to National Honey Board

Burleson’s Honey President Tim Burleson has been named by U.S. Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the National Honey Board, an industry-funded agriculture promotion organization that educates consumers about the benefits and uses of honey and honey products. Burleson and five others were appointed to serve three-year terms through 2020. In making the announcement Perdue said, “The wide range of experience represented on the board is key to the success of the innovative research, education and promotional work they do to expand domestic markets for honey and honey products through consumer education. The board can count on [the] USDA to continue to be a trusted partner to the honey industry.” For more information or to read the press release, click here.


What's 'Rotten' in Our Food Supply?

A new documentary film now streaming on Netflix is shining a light on a subject that is near and dear to Burleson’s Honey and the True Source Certification program our company strongly supports: Honey adulteration is “Rotten.”

 “Rotten,” the six-part series that began streaming Jan. 5, considers the origins of the food Americans put on their tables and how corporate greed and corruption have changed the food landscape in this country. The first episode in the series, called “Lawyers, Guns & Honey,” explores the illegal importing and tariff practices that undercut the U.S. honey industry and the quality of the honey consumers purchase. The remaining segments of the docuseries explore other food quality and sourcing problems, such as food allergies and peanut suppliers, the garlic industry, dairy farmers and the milk supply, chicken processing practices, and challenges facing fish and seafood suppliers.

Fighting against the shady honey tactics described in the first installment is the mission of the True Source Honey Certification Program, the nonprofit, industry-sponsored voluntary organization that exists to bring attention to the problem and support the U.S. honey industry by providing traceability from “hive to table.” Burleson’s is a long-time member and True Source Certified honey packer. Want more information? Read the press release here.


Did You Know Burleson’s Is a Supercentenarian?

2017 highlights a banner year for Burleson’s as we celebrate our 110th birthday. Times may have changed since our founder T.W. Burleson first kept bees in 1904 and formed the honey packing business back in 1907, but our commitment to providing the highest-quality honey from hive to table has not changed and remains our number one priority.

Our rich history and heritage are rooted in Waxahachie (pronounced WAWK sah HATCH ee) and throughout Texas. Four generations of Burlesons have paved the way to a nationally known and loved honey brand. It all started with a passion for beekeeping that has grown into a legacy of which T.W. Burleson and his son T.E Burleson Sr. would be proud. Burleson’s still operates from Waxahachie to pack and deliver our prized honey across the country, putting True Source Certified honey on family and restaurant tables and supplying the most trusted ingredient in the brands you know and love.

Burleson’s can now proudly claim to be a supercentenarian, those who have reached the age of 110. Like many supercentenarians, we have been immeasurably blessed. Thank you to the many customers, families, partners, employees, consumers and honey lovers who have supported us over 11 decades. Thank you to our home state of Texas, our home town of Waxahachie, and the surrounding communities for being our neighbors and friends. Most importantly, thank YOU for celebrating our birthday year with us while enjoying Nature’s Finest Sweet©!

Burleson’s birthday in the news


Burleson's Supports Waxahachie Football

When the Waxahachie High School Indians play the Mansfield Lake Ridge Eagles Friday night, the football team’s first playoff berth in four years, all of us here at Burleson’s Honey will be cheering them on and supporting the athletes in a unique way. This fall Burleson’s has been proud to support the Indians by donating honey to the team’s PB&J club and nutrition program.

The PB&J club was established by Jen Kitna, wife of the team’s head football coach Jon Kitna, to provide extra calories and nutrition for the school’s athletes. With almost half of the high school’s students and many of the athletes in some kind of low-income program, the PB&J club provides two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to each athlete to help them fuel up for practices and games. Each week during the season volunteers shop, assemble and serve more than 1,100 sandwiches using donated bread, peanut butter and grape jelly—and now players also have the option of a peanut butter and honey sandwich made with Burleson’s honey!

Last month Coach Kitner and his wife Jen toured our plant to learn more about our local honey and how Burleson’s has been in the honey business right here in Ellis County since 1907. “My family’s roots run deep here in Waxahachie, and our family and our company couldn’t be more proud of these student–athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this season a huge success,” says Burleson’s CEO Tim Burleson (pictured here with the Kitnas). “We’re honored to support the team and wish them well in the playoffs!"


We're Proud to Give Back to Our Community!

Burleson’s Honey is a proud sponsor of the Cow Creek Country Classic and the good work of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie. Since 1986 the event has been the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club, and today brings together approximately 1,000 biker riders of all skill levels from across the Dallas–Fort Worth area, along with a massive volunteer team of Rotary Club members, Boy Scouts and other nonprofit organizations. The ride accepts cyclists of all ages and offers mapped courses ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles.

The June 24 ride would have been the 31st running of the annual event, but event organizers had to cancel the ride because heavy rains and lightening made certain parts of the course unsafe, organizers said. All rider entry fees and funds raised still go 100% to the good works of the club and improving the quality of life in and around Waxahachie. Funds benefit The Miracle League’s new facility, the United Way of West Ellis County, scholarships for Waxahachie High and Global High students, scholarships for Navarro College students, and the Navarro Brilliance Program. Club members build wheelchair ramps with the help of the Texas Wheelchair Project and support Boy Scout Troop 232 with funding and the Scout Cabin on Brown Street. The YMCA, Waxahachie Education Foundation, Hope Clinic, Operation First Day of School and CASA also receive both funding help and workers where needed. Internationally, the Rotary Club of Waxahachie supports Rotary International programs to eradicate polio in the world and provide clean drinking water.

For more information, or to stay informed about next year’s ride, click here or follow the Cow Creek Country Classic’s Facebook page at @CowCreekCountryClassicBikeRide.


Burleson's Director Among Newly Appointed National Honey Board Members

Burleson’s Honey Quality Assurance Director Michelle Poulk has been appointed a member of the National Honey Board. U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack Dec. 5 named Poulk, along with three board members and five alternates, to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1.

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. Funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, the NHB is designed to increase U.S. honey consumption by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. Ten members serving rotating terms compose the NHB, representing producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing cooperative.

“It’s an honor to be appointed to serve and contribute to the important work of the National Honey Board,” Poulk said. “Burleson’s Honey has a long history of active participation in the honey industry and on the National Honey Board, and I’m happy to continue that tradition.”

Read the press release in its entirety here.



National Planting Day Puts Honey Bees on Center Stage

Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day is a fall initiative of the Great American Cleanup, a national call to action on the first Saturday after Labor Day designed to mobilize Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species. This year’s event falls on Sept. 10 and celebrates the theme “Keep America Bee-utiful” by focusing efforts on planting pollinators. With pollinators responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take in this country—yet facing critical declines and challenges to survival—sustaining and protecting the honey bee and other pollinators have never been more important to the ecosystem. The goal of this year’s event is to increase the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes to help revive the health and population of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators.

How can you support National Planting Day? Learn more here.


Honey Consumption Increasing, Sweeteners Declining
U.S. honey consumption is rising steadily, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with Americans consuming nearly one pound (0.9 pound) of honey each compared to 0.5 pounds per person back in 1990. The same report found that per-capita use of caloric sweeteners over the same period is decreasing. "It
 is exciting to see more Americans continuing to add honey to their daily diet,” said Margaret Lombard, CEO of the National Honey Board. “While our industry continues to struggle with hive loss, we have been successful in reaching consumers with our message that honey is a pure natural sweetener, which clearly appeals to consumers at a time when they are searching for authentic foods. In addition, when consumers purchase honey, they are not only helping to support the beekeeper, but they are also contributing to the welfare and survival of the honey bees.” 

Read more here.


Bees Are Buzzing … About Saint Arnold’s New Honey Brew

We’re all abuzz with the exciting news that Burleson’s Honey and another Texas original­—Saint Arnold Brewing Co.—have collaborated on one sweet iconic ale: Saint Arnold Icon Gold - Honey Saison, featuring our own Texas Wildflower Honey!

The newest beer in Saint Arnold’s Icon series begins shipping this week and will begin appearing on draft and in six packs of 12 oz. bottles as supplies of the previous beer in the Icon Series run out. Look for the new label at HEB locations and where you buy or order beer.

Saint Arnold’s was drawn to Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey because of its unique Texas flavor profile, tapping nectars from Texas plants like Texas tallow, mesquite, cotton, goldenrod and numerous wildflowers. "We learned that the United States produces more than 300 varietals of honey, and we wanted to feature a flavor profile that only Texas honey can offer," said Saint Arnold Brewer Colin Klingemann. "Using locally sourced ingredients is part of the tradition of brewing the Saison style, so connecting with our friends at Burleson's Honey was natural." 

The result of all this hard work by all involved (not to mention our friends the bees) is a refreshingly bright ale with honey aromas of floral blooms and nectarines. And with more than 800 pounds of Texas Wildflower Honey in each batch of Saint Arnold Icon Gold - Honey Saison, you can be sure each bottle brings plenty of sweet!

Houston-based Saint Arnold Brewing Co. was founded in 1994 and is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Read the press release here.



What’s New with the Meat Church BBQ Comp Team?

The Meat Church BBQ Competition Team has been racking up the hardware and the miles, all while spreading the good news of adding honey to barbecue.

March was busy for the team, highlighted by a fourth place finish out of a tough 30-team field in Fort Worth to advance to the regional round of the Sam’s National BBQ Tour. April saw the team compete in Driftwood at Texas Eggfest 2016, and in May they head to Tyler for the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival.

Where will Meat Church compete next?

It’s been almost 18 months since Burleson’s Honey began sponsoring the Meat Church BBQ Competition Team, and pitmaster Matt Pittman and his award-winning team are making believers with their cooking wherever they go.

In fact, you might have heard of a few of Meat Church’s fans, cooking as they have for country music’s Luke Bryan (pictured, left, with Matt) and University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Last month the team headed to Las Vegas to cook backstage for the American Country Music Party for a Cause. And do we think it’s mere coincidence that country and blues phenom Chris Stapleton collected his four, count ‘em, four ACMs with a belly full of Meat Church cooking? We think not!

With a following like that, we can’t wait to see what’s next on the Meat Church menu!

Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to get updates on the Meat Church team.



A Sweet Rejuvenator for your Skin

honey for dry skin
We all know honey is sweet and delicious going into our bodies, but did you know when applied topically, honey is one of nature’s best-kept skin secrets?

Honey is found in facial masks, moisturizers, soaps and cleansers, and other cosmetic products for a variety of reasons that extend beyond its well-deserved reputation for wholesomeness. Honey contains significant antibacterial properties and is effective in treating skin conditions ranging from acne to eczema. It’s rich in antioxidants, giving it impressive anti-aging benefits, and its natural soothing and moisturizing qualities can greatly improve the complexion.

One simple way to use honey for skin-boosting purposes is to simply make a mask out of it. Here’s how: Apply a thin layer of honey to slightly damp skin using circular motions. Allow the honey to sit for at least 15 minutes (this will give its many nutrients time to nourish and rejuvenate the pores), and then rinse it off with warm water. Try mixing the honey with a little dash of lemon juice—a natural astringent rich in collagen-stimulating vitamin C—for even better results.

Try our Honey for Beauty recipes

More skin care recipes from our friends at the National Honey Board



True Source Alert Raises Red Flag on Honey from Thailand and Taiwan

The newest alert from the True Source Honey Certification Program concerns honey entering the United States via Thailand and Taiwan. The True Source program, whose mission is to safeguard and protect against illegally sourced honey, issued the alert Sept. 2 calling for consumers, retailers and manufacturers to watch for honey coming from Thailand or Taiwan. The warning comes in the wake of continuing problems with illegally sourced honey entering the United States that circumvents U.S. tariffs as well as quality and safety standards. As a True Source-certified honey packer, Burleson’s Honey remains committed to providing customers with honey that is transparently and ethically sourced. Read the True Source alert in its entirety here.



Burleson's Adds Organic Offering to Product Line

Have you tried the newest addition to the Burleson's family of honey products?

Burleson’s Organic Raw Honey, available in stores and online, is a delicious blend cultivated from more than 100 different organic floral sources in South America.

Certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture, this new product was developed in response to customers’ desire for more organic product choices. Read more here.



True Source Program Calls for Federal Identity Standard for Honey

As a True Source-certified honey producer, Burleson’s Honey joins the U.S. Honey Certification Program in calling for a federal identity standard for honey. Unlike many of America’s basic food staples such as butter and milk, honey still does not have a federal standard despite repeated requests for the last decade from U.S. beekeepers and honey producers. Industry leaders say a federal standard could support enforcement and compliance efforts to help stem the illegal honey trade. Read the full press release here.



Did You Know Honey Is the 2015 Flavor of the Year?

At Burleson’s Honey we couldn’t be bigger fans of the wonder and greatness of honey, but did you know honey has been named the 2015 Flavor of the Year? Heralded for its popularity growth in recent years as consumers seek foods that are seen as artisanal and locally sourced, Swiss perfume and flavor giant Firmenich says honey was an easy choice for the designation. According to Mikel Cirkus, director of Firmenich’s conceptual design team and trend forecaster for the company’s flavor division, “It is indeed a classic flavor, yet it is also a flavor which is having an enormous resurgence in popularity in recent years. Product developers are realizing what a fantastic and versatile flavor honey is in regards to combining it with other tonalities.” Read the full press release here.



True Source Flags Turkish Honey

In its efforts to protect the U.S. honey industry and consumers, the True Source Honey Certification Program continues to flag Turkish honey entering the country. The alert came in late 2014 after officials noticed a huge increase in honey shipments from Turkey at prices well below market. True Source noted the ten-fold increase in U.S. honey imports from Turkey from 2010-2013, but the price averaged only $1.27 per pound, well below the per-pound price of $2.13 for honey shipped to the European Union. This alerted industry officials because the trend is similar to previous circumvention schemes whereby honey originating in China bypasses U.S. taxes and tariffs and otherwise undermines the U.S. honey industry. Read more in the full press release here.



Proud to Be a Texas Family Business

We’re proud of our long heritage as a Texas family-owned business. In fact, being recognized with Baylor University’s Heritage Award in 2013 is one of our proudest accomplishments. 

Given by Baylor’s prestigious Hankamer School of Business Institute of Family Business, the Texas Family Business of the Year awards program recognizes outstanding firms from across the state of Texas whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity, and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries. 

The Heritage Award honors successful family businesses that have overcome statistical odds to achieve the rare status of maintaining continuous existence through at least three generations of family ownership. We’re thrilled to be included among this impressive list of past winners.




What’s New with the Meat Church BBQ Comp Team?

The Meat Church BBQ Competition Team has been racking up the hardware and the miles, all while spreading the good news of adding honey to barbecue.

March was busy for the team, highlighted by a fourth place finish out of a tough 30-team field in Fort Worth to advance to the regional round of the Sam’s National BBQ Tour. April saw the team compete in Driftwood at Texas Eggfest 2016, and in May they head to Tyler for the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival.

Where will Meat Church compete next?

It’s been almost 18 months since Burleson’s Honey began sponsoring the Meat Church BBQ Competition Team, and pitmaster Matt Pittman and his award-winning team are making believers with their cooking wherever they go.

In fact, you might have heard of a few of Meat Church’s fans, cooking as they have for country music’s Luke Bryan (pictured, left, with Matt) and University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Last month the team headed to Las Vegas to cook backstage for the American Country Music Party for a Cause. And do we think it’s mere coincidence that country and blues phenom Chris Stapleton collected his four, count ‘em, four ACMs with a belly full of Meat Church cooking? We think not!

With a following like that, we can’t wait to see what’s next on the Meat Church menu!

Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to get updates on the Meat Church team.



What’s New with the Meat Church BBQ Comp Team?

The Meat Church BBQ Competition Team has been racking up the hardware and the miles, all while spreading the good news of adding honey to barbecue.

March was busy for the team, highlighted by a fourth place finish out of a tough 30-team field in Fort Worth to advance to the regional round of the Sam’s National BBQ Tour. April saw the team compete in Driftwood at Texas Eggfest 2016, and in May they head to Tyler for the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival.

Where will Meat Church compete next?

It’s been almost 18 months since Burleson’s Honey began sponsoring the Meat Church BBQ Competition Team, and pitmaster Matt Pittman and his award-winning team are making believers with their cooking wherever they go.

In fact, you might have heard of a few of Meat Church’s fans, cooking as they have for country music’s Luke Bryan (pictured, left, with Matt) and University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. Last month the team headed to Las Vegas to cook backstage for the American Country Music Party for a Cause. And do we think it’s mere coincidence that country and blues phenom Chris Stapleton collected his four, count ‘em, four ACMs with a belly full of Meat Church cooking? We think not!

With a following like that, we can’t wait to see what’s next on the Meat Church menu!

Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to get updates on the Meat Church team.









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