New Zealand's apiculture industry is still growing, according to a new report.
From April 1, Ecroyd Beekeeping Supplies Ltd (EBS) and Beetek Ltd are merged as Ecrotek Ltd, retaining the strengths of both businesses and creating a nationwide supplier.
Ecrotek will have warehousing and distribution in the North and South Island. Hobbyists and beekeepers will be able to buy products from Ecrotek retail stores in Christchurch and Auckland and via its website from July.
The Ecroyd family has supplied beekeeping equipment and honey products since 1913 when it started making comb foundation. EBS operates in Christchurch.
Beetek, a specialist maker of plastic hive wear, was founded in the early 2000’s in South Auckland.
“The intent of the combined business is to bring a higher level of service and product supply to the industry. We’ll achieve this with a new, well stocked North Island warehouse and distribution centre and a retail store,” says co-owner Stuart Ecroyd.
“We will also offer a new e-commerce website which will offer all beekeepers the chance to purchase a wide range of beekeeping supplies online,” says co-owner Dave Wrathall.