"Pure" Cut Comb Wax
We are excited to announce that 2020 is the year National Bee Supplies are producing cut-comb foundation for the first time. In keeping with our ethos of providing the very best quality products we decided that we had to seek out the "purest" possible wax for our edible cut comb...
With bees sometimes flying several miles from the hive in search of nectar, it’s hard to guarantee that any wax or honey is organic. To source any significant volume of pure wax, we decided to look in areas of the world with traditional agriculture that doesn’t rely on pesticides or herbicides. We found a supply of wax from rural Ethiopia and the good news was that when tested, the assays came back showing zero contaminants and adulterants. Once we melt it down and sterilise it (using the same process pictured opposite) to remove the risk of any pathogens, we are happy that we are left with the purest wax that we can provide – perfect for cut-comb wax foundation!
Our wax comes from the Adama region, to the west of the Great Rift Valley and we are delighted in a small way to be supporting the country’s rural development and to be offering this pure wax to our NBS customers.
“To source any significant volume of pure wax, we decided to look in areas of the world with traditional agriculture that doesn’t rely on pesticides or herbicides.”
What is Sterilised Wax?
We have added an extra process to the manufacture of our wax foundation sheets. Wax blocks are now placed into our brand new state of the art sterilizing equipment that warms it to 125°C for over an hour to eliminate bacteria, bee disease and dirt. This kills all known pathogens and eradicates spores American Foulbrood (AFB), European Foulbrood (EFB) and Nosema.
Why use sterilised wax foundations?
A healthy hive means healthy bees. Using our sterilized wax, that has been warmed to a temperature to ensure all known pathogens have been killed and spores of AFB, EFB and Nosema have been eradicated, means you can rest safe in the knowledge that your bees start the season drawing their combs in foundations made of the purest wax.
As well as our standard foundation, we now also offer super foundation, a new premium foundation made from our sterilised wax which has a thicker cell wall. The thicker cell wall creates a better start for your bees as they use less energy drawing comb, leaving more energy for honey production.
All of our foundation is available in packs of 10 sheets that has been cut to industry standard sizes and fit snuggly into the quality frames made here at National Bee Supplies.