Bentley’s ‘Flying Bees’ produce their first crop of honey

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Bentley added two bee hives to its assembly-plant grounds this spring and harvested their first honey this fall | Bentley photos

In May, a pair of bee hives were installed at Bentley’s assembly plant in Crewe, England. In the past few days, Bentley’s swarm of 120,000 “Flying Bees” have produced their first crop, more than 100 jars of honey.

“We installed our first Bentley bee hives earlier this year as a way to use our expansive site in Crewe to contribute to local biodiversity,” said Peter Bosch, Bentley board member for manufacturing. 

“Our beekeepers have seen the bees bringing in a wide range of pollens from the wild flowers we’ve planted on our site and the local countryside. This is a great sign that the location is working well and has helped make the first harvest so productive.

Bentley’s first honey harvest

“Our Bentley bees are part of a wider program we’re developing to ensure that our site and business operations reflect our ambitions to become the most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer – and we’ve had great  colleague engagement with the initiative.

“We’re delighted that the initial stage of this project has been a success and we’re looking at installing more hives and increasing the amount of Bentley honey we can produce next year.  We know that every little step helps to support local biodiversity and we have plenty more ideas in the pipeline to make sure we’re playing our part.”

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The first honey is being shared with Bentley employees and plant visitors. 

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“The jars and packaging… reflect Bentley’s famous attention to detail, incorporating a label created by Bentley interior designer Louise McCallum,” the company said. 

“This special touch means that in addition to sharing the honey with colleagues, the jars will also make unique gifts for VIP visitors to our site in Crewe.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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