Lone Bee meade gets celebrity chef endorsement

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A surprise endorsement from Jamie Oliver has given Kiwi mead maker Oren Dalton huge exposure that will help his plans to take his fermented honey beverage to the world.

The man behind Auckland-based Lone Bee mead brand was stunned to discover the British celebrity chef had posted a glowing review of his sparkling clover and mānuka honey mead on Instagram Stories this month.

“It was a complete surprise. Out of the blue,” Dalton says. “I couldn't believe it. I sent it through to my wife and was like, ‘is this real?’ I then chatted to him over Messenger, and he was full-blown genuine.”

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