Meet the man behind the brand: Patrick O’Shea from Hi Honey Infusions!
Patrick is the brainchild behind the Hi Honey range of honey infusion products that we stock in our Montagu stores. We recently chatted to him about Hi Honey’s humble beginnings and his vision for the future.
Q: Tell us a bit about how the Hi Honey brand came about…
A: I have always loved honey since I can remember and my earliest memory was of the little honey containers in light blue called Champagne Honey. My dad was a musician/entertainer on the Holiday Inn circuit during the mid 70’s in SA and we used to stay in the hotels he played at. I couldn’t wait for breakfast time so I could claim a few of them.
In early 2015 I read an article about the amazing health benefits of combining honey with cinnamon. Besides sounding delicious it also piqued my interest and I began researching the availability here in SA for such a product. I didn’t find any flavoured honey products and so began to create a range of honey infusions in my kitchen at home.
After developing the recipes and manufacturing process I approached local Montagu business Roscherrs/Church Street. The MD Kallie Fourie and Production Head Martin Roscherr agreed to make the range and they have been absolutely amazing since the first batch of Hi Honey Infusions were made last year. Roscherrs/Church Street are also preferred suppliers to Montagu stores.
Q: How long has the company been going for?
A: Hi Honey Infusions is only about 14 months old now. I began to supply a few shops in the area in July 2015. By November it became available to Montagu stores through Roscherss/Church Street.
Q: Where are the ingredients sourced? Are they all natural?
A: Only honey produced by South African bee keepers is used – primarily from the Western Cape area. The honey is infused with certified organics which are sourced from around the world (except the Rooibos and soon to be released Baobab honey which come from SA).
Q: What has the response been to the range?
A: The response has been good so far. The latest addition the the Hi Honey Infusion range is the hi 5 natural energy booster in a sachet. The response to hi 5 been amazing since it’s launch in September 2016 and this new alcohol- and preservative-free energy booster is helping to create more awareness of the Hi Honey range of organic infusions.
Q: Why is honey so great?
A: Honey has so many amazing properties and health benefits. It is a really good healthy food choice and pure honey is known to help build your immunity against sickness.
Q: Why should it be part of a healthy lifestyle?
A: Honey contains simple sugars, which are NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.
Q: What makes Hi Honey Infusion products special?
A: Hi Honey infusions offer people the best of both ~ pure natural honey infused with organics which both help promote well-being. It also makes the honey experience more interesting and yummy!
Q: Why are you passionate about these products?
A: I love the creative process of creating natural products. From the idea through to product development, brand/label design to marketing and sales. I think Hi Honey Infusions are a fresh new way to enjoy honey and I like the way they taste and look. The new addition to the range is Baobab and I think people are really going to enjoy the creamy fruity flavour.
Q: How do you feel about the Hi Honey/Montagu partnership?
A: Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts have been so supportive of this locally produced product from the start. Montagu CEO Hannes Jansen, Sales Director De Wet van Rooyen and Marketing Manager Liesl Carstens have and continue to give valuable advice and recommendations. Without their interest and that of the franchise owners in the Hi Honey brand and products, I don’t think it would be where it is today in such a short space of time. Great support for a small business from a big company and the franchisees.
The Montagu franchise company recently turned 5 years old and it was great honour to be asked to launch the new hi 5 energy booster to all the franchisees at the celebratory event in August 2016.
Q: What do you do for fun / in your spare time (assuming you have spare time)?
A: I enjoy doing many things! Playing guitar/writing songs/singing/recording/releasing albums (as Kent O’Shea / Ricoshay Music), reading, travel, making aromatherapy products and spending time with my two children, my mom and dad/friends and when I have the time, playing golf.
Q: What are your favourite Hi Honey products?
A: I enjoy hi 5 energy boosters a lot! And hi honey ginger, hi honey rooibos, hi honey chocolate, hi honey cinnamon…actually all of them! 🙂
Q: What are the best ways to enjoy them?
A: Definitely over oats, on toast or a pancake, or in these other useful ways:
- A teaspoon of hi chocolate, cinnamon or cayenne with my coffee
- Hi Honey rooibos and ginger in my tea
- Hi Honey chocolate with almond milk for a lactose-free hot chocolate
- And with cooking: cayenne honey and turmeric honey in a curry!
Find out more about Hi Honey Infusion products today!
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