We source our honey from more than 5 000 of our own hives across Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State, relying on Apis mellifera Scutellata, the African Honey Bee for most of our honey. Honey is extracted from the full hives using a centrifugal honey extractor before being tapped into large setting tanks and allowed to clarify. The honey is then tapped into large barrels and sent to the Peel’s factory for packaging.
Peel’s was established in 1924 and is the oldest honey brand in South Africa. Peel’s was originally owned by Mr Jack Peel, who kept bees as a hobby. He began selling small quantities of honey and as demand grew he increased his hives.
In 1956 Jack met a local beekeeper, John Smith, and his wife, Faye. The two began working together and when Jack died in 1959, John took over the business. The Smith’s used to park their car next to the national road and people would buy from their boot. This progressed into a wooden Kiosk not far from the freeway. The current Peel’s Shop was built more than 20 years ago and has become a popular landmark and stopping point on the scenic Midlands Meander.
The majority of our honey is sourced from more than 7,000 of our own hives across Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State, the rest is sourced from local beekeepers. We build strong partnerships with beekeepers to ensure that we supply only the best quality honey from known sources.
Established in 1924,
oldest honey brand in SA
Started off selling products from
their car next to the national road
Current shop built more
than 20 years ago
Honey sourced from more
than 7,000 of our own hives