Sweet Harvest Foods Acquires Sweet River Honey

The deal allows Sweet Harvest to add honey to its assortment of natural sweeteners.
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Sweet Harvest Foods Holdings (SHFH), a supplier of natural sweeteners, has acquired Sweet River Honey, a beekeeping business based in Texas. The deal gives SHFH access to the hives and beekeeping experience of Sweet River Honey, company officials said.

“Sweet Harvest Foods Holdings is deeply committed to growing the natural sweetener market with the highest-quality honey,” said Ken Stickevers, company CEO. “By adding Sweet River Honey to our portfolio of companies, we can continue to build trust with customers by advancing best-in-class beekeeping practices and increasing transparency in the honey market.”

Sweet River Honey was founded by Matt Halbgewachs in 2015, but the beekeeping legacy of the Halbgewachs family has a long history that dates back centuries. Sweet River Honey was established with a passion for supporting sustainable beekeeping and providing consumers with high-quality honey. Together, SHFH and Sweet River Honey will expand their operations.

“Sweet River Honey provides pure honey with a hive-to-table philosophy,” said Halbgewachs. “By combining our passion for pure honey and sustainable beekeeping with the depth of expertise and resources of Sweet Harvest Foods Holdings, we can be part of a team that helps more people discover the way bees intend honey to be – 100% pure, raw & unfiltered.”

In January 2022, SHFH merged Sweet Harvest Foods, a global natural sweeteners platform and one of the largest honey packers in North America, and Nature Nate’s Honey Co. (Nate’s), a producer of 100% pure, raw & unfiltered honey.