Created in 2006 by two passionate beekeepers, Mickaël Lafrance and Christian Ritter, Laribees turned to Madagascar to fully meet the expectations of the Mauritian hospitality sector. The red island holds exceptional expanses. Working hand in hand with the villagers, it is all in all a great boon for the harvest of remarkable honey.
Great honey bears the imprint of its terroir
Fine honey is produced by leaving the bees in the whereabouts of a vast territory, where they can fly around, stress-free! Laribees, making the most of Madagascar’s great outdoors, has chosen to produce its honey there. In addition to organic and premium monofloral honey (such as litchi, eucalyptus, niaouli, jujube and rosewood), Laribees also produces an exotic yet promising multi- flower honey, derived from the nectar of the baobab tree.
In some coastal villages, families place hollow tree trunks near their homes. A swarm settling there would be a sign of good omen, blessed by the Gods.
Tasty honey, rigorous production
Laribees production lays on several strict criteria. For instance, the raw nectar does not undergo pasteurisation or intensive filtration.
The team points out: “In Mauritius, Chefs of premium hotels feel at ease using certified honey, in line with their demanding clientele”.
Producing such an exceptional honey requires constant monitoring, while respecting the needs of the bees as well as strictly following the necessary steps before harvesting the precious nectar.
Honey maturation is essential. For this step, it is repatriated to the honey farm in Mauritius and then placed under surveillance for 5 to 7 days before delivery – an interval allowing impurities and air bubbles to naturally rise to the surface. Finally, a pollen verification of 70% is carried out in the laboratory as a warrant of the nectar’s monofloral appellation.
An artisanal production in Madagascar
During the harvest, Christian regularly travels to Madagascar. He makes sure that the process tunes up with local traditions and tries to connect to people by building mutual trust. Many young people are initiated into beekeeping, while older ones, who were more sceptical at first, are now on board for the adventure.
5 to 7% of Laribees’ profits are donated to organisations. After supporting a small school for two years, the company created in 2018 the Laribees Hive Foundation, which aims at structuring social investments and guarantees better transparency. These projects are ambitious for the region, and this foundation is a pledge of confidence for their future partners.
A close collaboration with hotels
Laribees own about a hundred beehives scattered all throughout Mauritius, on private lands but also in hotels, as per chefs requests. In close collaboration for years with Laribees, and being great ambassadors of nature, they place their trust in the brand’s products.
Thanks to them, Laribees honey can be found at the major culinary addresses of Mauritius, in the Seychelles, the Maldives as well as the Emirates, and since recently