The Business had
it its beginnings in the early part of last century. New Zealand was, and still is, a
country very much based around agriculture and there were many small
beekeeping operations and farmers who ran beehives. The potential
to supply them with comb foundation wax for their beehives was soon
World was scoured for information on beeswax processing in order to
establish a beeswax comb foundation manufacturing business. With the increasing
development of agriculture and beehive numbers, the business grew.
The supply of crude beeswax from beekeepers grew and processes were
developed to be able to supply high grade white beeswax to the
In 1987 the business
was purchased by brothers Steve and Peter Lyttle. The Lyttles were successful commercial beekeepers and were well suited
to understand the needs of their Beekeeper suppliers and customers.
was appointed Manager and a new factory was built at the present
location of Orari in the central South Island of New Zealand.
Using the passed on knowledge and experience which had been
gained over the previous 70 years, coupled with the enthusiasm of
new ownership, a significant plant modernization program was
begun, using modern technology and materials. This involved
replacing all tanks and pipe work with stainless steel, increasing production
and making processes more efficient.
In 1991 Peter and
Susan Lyttle acquired full ownership of the company. Quality
Control systems were developed and in 1992, the company obtained
Organic Certification from both the New Zealand Biological
Producers Association and AsureQuality NZ. Further development followed with the
building of new administrative offices, beeswax receiving and
dispatch facilities and more warehousing.
In 2006 bee
products came under the Animal Products Act and a Risk Management
Program based on HACCP principals was developed and registered with the New Zealand Food
2007 saw further
expansion with the construction of a new beeswax comb and cappings
Beeswax Ltd is the only specialist beeswax company in New Zealand.
Annual beeswax volume handled is >170 M/T.
It is a highly
motivated and adaptable company well placed to meet the future needs
of its domestic and international customers.