Selling propolis

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Does anyone know where beekeepers can sell propolis?
I have collected around 11kg over the past couple of years and couldn't find any buyers.
I tried calling Manuka Health,Arataki,Propolis NZ but no one seems to be interested.
If you know someone please recommend. Thank you!
 
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NZDan

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Te Horo
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Hi, I think I have seen on here before that those places are buying the cheap propolis from overseas, and hocking it off as a kiwi product.
Then again I may have gotten the wrong end of the stick, so if any others disagree, then so be it.
 
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I know for a fact that Arataki is not one of the companies importing cheap propolis from overseas. I'm not sure about the other two mentioned but there is no doubt that the importation of propolis from overseas is what has ruined the market for it in New Zealand.
It is also a huge European foul brood risk. I don't care what safety protocols MPI have in place (if they have any) for the importation of propolis and Royal jelly for that matter. I have studied European foul brood a fair bit over the years and I believe that one bee collecting one tiny bit of spilled propolis would be very likely to cause an outbreak in New Zealand and EFB would spread like chalk brood did in New Zealand. The chances of stopping it would be zero.
I have lots of propolis to sell but cannot find a buyer.
 


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