Eight years ago, my husband and I (Vasilios Ritas and Eleni Plachoura) started to be amateur beekeepers. We are professional engineers. I am civil engineer while my husband is mechanical engineer. Bee world was so interesting that we decided, six years ago, to study beekeeping at the beekeeping laboratory of agricultural school of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and become professional beekeepers.
Since then we created a large apiary unit of a high amount of beehives and a standardization and packaging facilities line, one of the best in Greece, that can support HACCP and ISO regulation. We decided our brand name “Nomad Premium Greek Honey” inspired by the nomadic nature of our job. Most of our apiaries are based in Vikos-Aoos Geopark (UNESCO), up in its mountains and into its forests and because of that a big part of our lives is spent into nature.
We are organic certified by TÜV AUSTRIA HELLAS and in a specific group of our beehives we have started applying biodynamic beekeeping. We produce unique mountain types of honey. All of our honey types have been tested by chemical analysis that can prove that they are pure and authentic regarding all their quality characteristics. Our honeys have won international quality and taste awards. According to the Biochemistry faculty of University of Thessaly, that has tested our products, our honeys are the highest in antioxidants between all the honeys that have been tested.
Recently, we have created a natural boost energy gel, and it’s packaging line, which is innovative worldwide. It is especially for athletes, but not just for them. It is called “Bear Strength” because it is inspired from bear’s nutrition. It contains honey, pollen and salt, it has a nutritional claim: “This product contains significant amounts of pantothenic acid and B6 which contributes to normal energy- yielding metabolism.” and the health claims below because of the amount of vitamin B6 that bear strength contains:
-Vitamin B6 contributes to normal protein and glycogen metabolism
-Vitamin B6 contributes to normal red blood cell formation
-Vitamin B6 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
-Vitamin B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity
At the moment, we are preparing some new products, which, in combination with Bear Strength, will provide high quality physical energy support to athletes and generally to people with intense spiritual and physical activity.