The Savannah Bee Company is a small company located in Savannah, Georgia. Our mission is to go to extraordinary lengths and remote places to produce the finest, most natural honey products available. The company was created in 2002 by founder Ted Dennard and has become internationally recognized for producing artisanal and varietal raw honeys and unique body care products.
Ted’s story is a small business entrepreneur classic. Ted was introduced to and developed a passion for the magical world of the hive as a child. That passion eventually led him to begin bottling honey in his kitchen. The response to his all-natural, exquisitely packaged honeys was so enthusiastic he was forced to move his operation to his garage. Soon enough, the time came for Ted to decide if he should take the plunge into creating his own business. In other words, Ted was met with the dilemma of “To bee or not to bee!” He decided that he just couldn't ignore the signs any longer so he quit his job, mortgaged his house, and the Savannah Bee Company was born.
Our business has been built by establishing relationships with small boutiques across the country. Widespread national recognition of the unique nature of our products came in 2003 at the annual Fancy Food Show. A sales representative from Williams-Sonoma, the food catalog powerhouse, came to our booth, tasted the delicious nectar and declared "We love your stuff; we want to pick it up." Just like that, Savannah Bee honey began reaching a national market. And while Williams-Sonoma was followed by Dean & DeLuca, Neiman-Marcus, Whole Foods, Crate & Barrel, and a host of others, we still rely on the thousands of specialty stores that have supported us from the beginning.
The operation today looks a lot different than when Ted made honey in the kitchen or garage and spent his time lugging hives all over the South in an old pickup. In fact, Savannah Bee became a member of the Inc. 5000 in 2009. But the passion for bees and commitment to creating the highest quality products hasn't changed a bit.
"I just love it," he says. "I can't imagine doing anything else."