Billy Bee urged to 'buy Canadian' after accusations it abandoned industry
A Change.org petition is calling on Billy Bee and its parent company, McCormick Canada, to "buy Canadian honey first," claiming they "have all but stopped buying Canadian honey." (Fotolia Photo)
Canadians outraged when Loblaw threatened to yank homegrown French's ketchup from its shelves - a decision the supermarket chain later reversed - are now fired up after Billy Bee honey was accused of abandoning the country's bee industry.
A Change.org petition, which had nearly 70,000 supporters as of Tuesday, calls on Billy Bee and its parent company, McCormick Canada, to "buy Canadian honey first," claiming they "have all but stopped buying Canadian honey.
"Instead, they choose to import cheaper honey from countries like China and Argentina and blend them with just enough Canadian honey," to still say Canadian on the bottle to save money.
The petition was started by Allan Campbell, a beekeeper from Dauphin, Man., after Billy Bee told him the company wouldn't buy his product this year.
McCormick Canada spokesman Andrew Foust confirmed that Billy Bee, which has been called "Canada's favourite," makes its product using a "small portion of Argentinian honey," while its Natural Honey Farms brand uses Chinese honey.
But he also said that 85% of the honey McCormick Canada uses comes from Canada.