Why Are Honey Bees Such Great Pollinators?


The Western Honey Bee is a Pollinator Pro

Happy Pollinator Week! As I am sure you are well aware, there are a whole lot of different kinds of pollinators out there: from the familiar bees to other insects, like flies and beetles, to birds, and even bats! Each is important, and each has a role to play. Within this diverse group of animals, however, the Western Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, stands out – especially when it comes to the pollination of food crops, like fruit and nut trees[1]. Interestingly, the Western Honey Bee (hereafter referred to as the honey bee, even though there are actually several other species of honey bee*) is somewhat of a “perfect storm” of factors that, combined, make it a powerhouse pollinator.

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Press Release – Formicpro® obtains Marketing Authorization in 23 European Regions


May 10, 2021 (Dublin, Ireland) — Beekeepers across Europe now have a new tool to combat the devastating Varroa destructor mite. NOD Apiary Ireland Ltd. is pleased to announce that the HPRA and 22 other European Regional Authorities have granted Marketing Authorization to NOD’s newest extended shelf-life Veterinary Medicine: Formicpro®.

Sustainable and Extended Shelf-Life

Formicpro features a 24-month shelf-life that doesn’t require temperature-controlled storage. These key advancements in bee protection technology provide distributors and beekeepers with an additional effective treatment for Varroosis that’s safer and easier to use.

Formicpro is an all-natural product manufactured in ready-to-use polysaccharide gel strips that are fully biodegradable. Its eco-paper wrap is designed to provide a slow release of the active ingredient: formic acid. During the 7-day treatment period Formicpro causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap, as well as adult mites on the bees, with an average efficacy of 83-97%.

Protecting Brood to Build Healthier Colonies

The development of Formicpro has been 20 years in the making. For more than two decades, NOD has helped protect millions of honey bee colonies worldwide with MAQS® Beehive Strips (Mite Away Quick Strips®). After receiving positive feedback following the launch of Formicpro in various other regions at the start of 2017, NOD began the process of compiling the European Dossier for submission. The registration covers 23 European regions, including 10 that have never before had access to NOD’s targeted under the cap technology. The global NOD team and its distribution partners are very excited to offer European beekeepers a safe and easy-to-use product with more lenient storage conditions and extended shelf-life.

Formicpro allows our beekeepers to more accurately control Varroa mites where they reproduce, while providing better inventory capability for our distributors.” said Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “The entire company strives to deliver the most effective and sustainable honey bee health products to beekeepers.”

Combatting the Honey Bee’s Biggest Threat

Left untreated, Varroa mites will transmit viruses that weaken a honey bee colony. Millions of colonies across Europe have died in recent years from this parasitic mite. David VanderDussen, CEO of the Canadian based company that developed and manufactures the product, stated that “Formicpro has been well received by beekeepers in the US, Canada and New Zealand over the last five years. We are very pleased to extend delivery to beekeepers in Europe to ensure access to our latest sustainable bee protection product.”

European Roll Out and Product Brand Name

Formicpro is the globally recognized product brand name for this new extended shelf-life product, however in certain regions it will be sold under the names: Formicprotect, MAQSplus vet, and MyrsyraNOD.

Formicpro will be launching in some areas as early as Summer 2021 and will be widely available in time for Spring 2022 treatment season through our Distribution Partners in Europe (see list below).

  • Ireland (IE):
    • Donegal Bees, Thomas Donegal Cashel, Glencolmcille Co, Don F94KP97, Ireland
    • Bee Supplies, Unit 67C Heather Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin D18 X623, Ireland
  • Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Germany (DE), France (FR): Andermatt BioVet GmbH, Franz-Ehret-Str. 18, 79541 Lörrach, Germany
  • Spain (ES), Portugal (PT): Hifarmax Lda, Rua do Fojo, 136, Pavilhão B, Trajouce, 2775-615, São Domingos de Rana, Portugal
  • Croatia (HR), Slovenia (SI): Genera S.I, Cestna na Brdo, 100 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • United Kingdom (UK):
  • Bulgaria (BG): Vazrazdane-Kasis (VKasis) Ltd., Stara Planina Str. 59 Lovech 5500, Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic (CZ): Beedol, (Výzkumný ústav včelařský, s.r.o.), Dol 94, 252 66 Máslovice, Czechia
  • Greece (EL): AGROvet, 28th Giannitson Str, 546 27, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Hungary (HU): EURO-VET Green Island Ltd., Petőfi u. 24, 7500 Nagyatád, Hungary
  • Italy (IT):
    • Chemical Laif, Viale Dell’Artigianato, 13, 35010, Vigonza PD, Italy
    • HUVEPHARMA, Uitbreidingstraat 80, B-2600 Antwerp, Belgium
  • Netherlands (NL): Andermatt Nederland bv, Prins Mauritslaan 15, 3956 TZ Leersum, The Netherlands
  • Poland (PL): VET-ANIMAL sp. z o.o., ul. Lubichowska 126, 83-200 Starogard Gdański
  • Romania (RO): SC UNICUB GRUP SRL, Codrului. St. No 10, MagureleIlfov, 077125, Romania
  • Slovakia (SK): MEDE – Karol Mészáros, Malý Lég 167, 930 37 Legnice, Slovak republic
  • Denmark (DK), Norway (NO), Sweden (SE): Distributors will be announced at a later date.

 

About NOD Apiary Products

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers in Canada. Honey bee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD developed a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry that uses formic acid as the active ingredient to control varroa, tracheal and tropilaelaps mites. When properly formulated, this organic miticide eliminates the risk of residues in the hive. Formicpro® and MAQS® Beehive Strips (Mite Away Quick Strips®) are registered in several countries across Europe, and in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand.

NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship. To find out more about NOD Apiary Products Ltd., please visit our About Us page.

 

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing

Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205

Email: kathleeni@nodglobal.com

Press Release – NOD Apiary Products Ltd. Brings on New Honey Bee Health Researcher


Ontario, Canada NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Heather Broccard-Bell to the NOD team as Honey Bee Health Researcher, effective immediately. As head of research activities, Dr. Broccard-Bell will contribute to NOD Apiary Products’ commitment to innovation, quality and education for the betterment of the global beekeeping community. 

Dr. Broccard-Bell joins the NOD team with an impressive education (B.A. in Psychology, M.Sc. in Neuroscience and Ph.D. in Behaviour and Evolution), as well as research experience specific to beekeeping, honey bees and animal health.  

She has spent over fifteen years designing and conducting studies on animal health, and the past seven years focusing on honey bee health, disease prevention and understanding how bees communicate. Dr. Broccard-Bell has also devoted many years to teaching biology, psychology, and neuroscience university courses, making her a perfect fit to lead NOD’s research and education programs. 

We are beyond excited to welcome Dr. Broccard-Bell to the NOD team. We have always put a strong focus on innovation and education here at NOD, and to have Heather leading our upcoming Honey bee Health Education Centre is a very inspiring time for us,” said Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing of NOD Apiary Products Ltd. 

NOD’s future Honey bee Health Education Centre, which will aim to provide hands on beekeeping courses through mentorship, aligns with Dr. Heather Broccard-Bell’s new role and her passion for delivering interactive educational lectures on honey bees 

Dr. Broccard-Bell shares, “It’s a common perception that successful agricultural practices must be opposed to environmental concerns. However, NOD’s products and focus on education make it abundantly clear that there are ways in which agricultural practices can minimize impacts on native ecosystems and human health, while supporting productive and profitable businesses. I am absolutely delighted to join NOD in their efforts to further realize this goal! 

About NOD Apiary Products 

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers in Canada. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD developed a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry that uses formic acid as the active ingredient to control varroa, tracheal and tropilaelaps mites. When properly formulated, this organic miticide eliminates the risk of residues in the hive and can be used safely during the honey flow. Formic Pro® and Mite Away Quick Strips® (MAQS Beehive Strips) are registered in several countries across Europe, and in Canada, The United States, and New Zealand. 

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues to aid the developing apiculture industry by producing organic and sustainable Honey bee health products. NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premiers Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is Honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship. To find out more about NOD Apiary Products Ltd., please visit our About Us page.

Media Contact 

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing 

Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205 

Email: kathleeni@nodglobal.com 

Press Release – NOD assigns new Marketing Manager


—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—

March 1, 2021, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. Hires New Marketing Manager, North America

Frankford, ON – NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Laura Wagdin to the NOD marketing team. Effective immediately, Laura will join as the Marketing Manager for NOD Apiary Products Ltd. She will be responsible for business development and strategic marketing activities to foster company growth within the global beekeeping community.

Laura’s knowledge, skills and experience are an ideal fit for our growing marketing team. This addition will help us to enhance our marketing as we expand globally and continue to deepen our existing customer relationships.” said Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing of NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “We are excited to welcome Laura to the NOD team!”

Laura brings over ten years of marketing experience to the role, previously working at an advertising agency in Toronto, ON. Her brand-building capabilities and background in many areas of marketing present NOD with a great opportunity to further build the in-house marketing team.

“I am delighted to join such a passionate team during this exciting time of growth for NOD. I look forward to contributing to our fantastic brand focus, helping to encourage sustainable honeybee and animal health around the globe.”

About NOD Apiary Products

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers in Canada. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD developed a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry that uses formic acid as the active ingredient to control varroa, tracheal and tropilaelaps mites. When properly formulated, this organic miticide eliminates the risk of residues in the hive and can be used safely during the honey flow. Formic Pro™ and Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS Beehive Strips) are registered in several countries across Europe, and in Canada, The United States, and New Zealand.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues to aid the developing apiculture industry by producing organic and sustainable Honey bee health products. NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premiers Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship. To find out more about NOD Apiary Products Ltd., please visit www.nodglobal.com.

 

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing

Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205

Press Release – COVID-19


Press Release

COVID-19 Coronavirus: NOD Apiary Products Addresses Supply Questions

23 March 2020 – Information is reviewed daily and updated as required

NOD Apiary Products is a supplier of honey bee and animal health products, therefore part of agriculture and the food production industry.  As such we are considered to be an essential industry.

Regarding our internal operations, NOD is monitoring and following all guidelines set out by the Canadian government. Our manufacturing site is continuing to produce product as usual.  We are not expecting any disruption to our supply chain.  Domestically and internationally, we are closely monitoring our shipments to ensure any potential disruption is quickly identified.

At this time we are aware of a delay at our European testing site, due to an equipment issue at the certified third-party test site. It is expected to be rectified shortly, however, two of our European shipments, originally scheduled for delivery in March are now scheduled for delivery in mid-April.

We will provide additional information to our distributors in the event of any changes that may affect their receiving of our product.

Press Release – COVID-19 NOD Apiary Products

New Zealand – MAQS+ rebrand to Formic Pro™


Frankford, Ontario – August 7, 2019 – NOD Apiary Products, a global leader for providing sustainable products to the beekeeping industry, announced that the extended shelf life product, MAQS+ would be rebranded to Formic Pro™ in the New Zealand marketplace. The comprehensive rebrand refocuses the company’s efforts to maintain consistent education and  brand recognition across the global marketplace.

Formic Pro™ provides beekeepers with a sustainable, organically certified miticide that targets and controls the Varroa Mite where they reproduce, under the brood cap.

“Apimondia 2019 presented itself as the opportunity to get all of our brands on the same page, globally. For the global community of beekeepers to discuss NOD’s products in the same space layed the foundation for this rebrand to occur.”

 

AVAILABILITY

Formic Pro™ is available through our beekeeping supply partner in New Zealand, New Zealand Beeswax.

beeswax.co.nz

info@beeswax.co.nz

 

MEDIA CONTACT

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland

Global Marketing Manager | 613-398-8422 etc. 205 |  kathleeni@nodglobal.com

Formic Pro Now Registered For Use In Canada!


A new tool to protect the honey bees of Canada from its worst enemy, the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, has just been granted registration in Canada by PMRA

NOD Apiary Products is pleased to announce the Federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has granted the Canadian registration of its newest all natural varroacide, Formic Pro™. It is a third generation product 20 years in the making. Key advancements in its bee protection technology include a longer shelf live, easier storage conditions and reduced packaging, pleasing distributors and beekeepers alike.

David VanderDussen, CEO of the Frankford, Ontario based company that developed and manufactures the product, stated that “Formic Pro™ has been well received by US beekeepers over the last two years and has also been introduced to New Zealand.  We are very pleased that beekeepers in our home country can now have access to our latest sustainable bee protection product.

NOD Apiary Products is the winner of several awards, including the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence 2006, Innovation Project of the Year 2008, Agri Business of the Year 2011, and most recently the Quinte Manufacturing Association’s 2018 Trailblazer of the Year Award.

To learn more about Formic Pro™ visit our website: https://nodglobal.com/formic-pro/

Availability

Formic Pro™ will be available in time for spring through beekeeping supply stores across Canada. View a list of all our Bee Suppliers on our website: https://nodglobal.com/distributorscan/

About NOD Apiary Products Ltd.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, organic, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components. Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc., and in Europe, NOD Europe Ltd., to be able to serve the beekeepers in those regions. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

NOD Europe Ltd. partners with Sustainable Agriculture Consultancy to provide technical support for Europe and MENA Regions


May 18, 2018 – Liverpool, UK – NOD Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce the partnership of Mr. Miki Gasic, Sustainable Agriculture Consultancy to the NOD network. Effective immediately, Mr. Gasic will work on behalf of NOD Europe Ltd. as a Technical Consultant. Miki will provide support for our European and MENA distributors and beekeepers.

“There is a natural fit between our two organisations, in the way we think and the customers we serve. By partnering we are continuing to provide leading honey bee health products to our European and MENA regions while delivering additional value to our customers.” said Kathleen Ireland, Global Marketing Manager of NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “Having boots on the ground in Europe and MENA regions means addressing customers’ needs without delay.”

Miki Gasic has supported and served the beekeeping industry as owner of “Beokosnice’’ (Beobeehives) and the President of the Serbian Beekeepers’ Association 2016-2017. Miki is a highly motivated and dynamic individual with considerable experience in the areas of beekeeping, honey production and supply. His focus is on ensuring a healthy bee population through appropriate bee health prevention and management. His strong technical background is blended with direct sales experience within the automotive, furniture and the global beekeeping industry.

“Our shared vision and passion for honeybee health and environmental sustainability will ensure that this partnership directly and meaningfully contributes to the global beekeeping sector, and the beekeepers in Europe and MENA regions in particular. It will help strengthen quality support to our current customers and enable to better and faster cooperate and expand further our customer base.”

 

Contact

NOD Europe Ltd.

Miki Gasic

Technical Consultant | +1613-398-8422 ext. 3205 | + 381 63 8280 874 |  mikig@nodeurope.eu

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland

Global Marketing Manager | +1613-398-8422 ext. 205 |  kathleeni@nodglobal.com

 

About NOD Apiary Products Ltd. and its family of companies

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers in Canada. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues to aid the developing apiculture industry by producing organic and sustainable Honey bee health products.  Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS Beehive Strips) and Formic Pro (MAQS+) are formic acid polysaccharide gel strips which, when placed in the brood chamber of a honey bee hive, act as an organic miticide that kills the varroa mite where it reproduces, under the brood cap. Both product lines have the technology that eliminates the risk of residues; beekeepers can use it safely during the honey flow. In Canada the Mite Away Quick Strips are available, across 17 European regions, MAQS Beehive Strips are available, in New Zealand MAQS+ is available and in the USA both, Mite Away Quick Strips and Formic Pro are available.

NOD Apiary Products’ Bee Cozy Winter Hive Wraps have been used successfully in the field for over 25 years. By properly preparing Honey bees for winter, colonies are more likely to have a productive season, using less feed and reaching maximum health and vigour earlier in the season. Easy to work with, the Bee Cozy ‘slip-on, slip-off’ system saves beekeepers valuable time getting ready for winter. Bee Cozy Winter Hive Wraps are available across Canada, USA and Europe.

Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc. and NOD Europe Ltd. in the United Kingdom.

NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

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FIRST SHIPMENT OF MAQS+ HAS ARRIVED IN NEW ZEALAND


MAQS+ has arrived in New Zealand!

MAQS+ are the newest Formic Acid polysaccharide gel strip for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa Destructor in Honey bees (Apis Mellifera).  MAQS+ has a 24-month extended shelf life.
Protect your bees from Varroa Destructor with the newest highly effective organic treatment. Learn more nodglobal.com

To purchase, visit our exclusive New Zealand distributor Ecrotek.

New Zealand Registration MAQS+


All Natural Extended Shelf Life Product

Frankford, Ontario – NOD Apiary Products is pleased to announce the New Zealand registration of its newest all natural varroacide, MAQS+™. The new product features a 24-month shelf life that distributors and beekeepers in the New Zealand marketplace have been seeking.

“Since its first introduction to the global industry in 2011, millions of honey bee colonies worldwide have been effectively protected from mites by Mite Away Quick Strips™ (MAQS™); yet our distributors were seeking an additional product with more lenient storage conditions while continuing to provide to their customers all of the easy to use characteristics of MAQS™.

After years of testing and trialing NOD is responding by introducing our extended shelf life product, MAQS+™, allowing our beekeepers to continue to control Varroa mites naturally while providing better inventory capability for our distributors.” said Kathleen Ireland, Global Marketing Manager, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “The entire company strives to deliver the most effective, sustainable varroacide to beekeepers. Our heartfelt thanks goes to those volunteer beekeepers that tested beta versions in the final stages of product development.”

Performance

The registration for MAQS+ is a full-dose (2 strips) 7-day treatment. MAQS+ has an average of 83-97% efficacy and causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap as well as adult mites on the bees. MAQS+ does not require temperature controlled storage.

MAQS+ is an all-natural product that is fully bio-degradable and can be used during the honey flow without leaving residues in the honey or wax. In New Zealand, there is a 14-day withdrawal post treatment. MAQS+ is organically certified through BioGro NZ.

To learn more about MAQS+ visit the New Zealand (Aotearoa) website https://nodglobal.com/maqsplus

Pricing and Availability

MAQS+™ will be available through Ecrotek Beekeeping Supplies. www.ecrotek.co.nz 0800-11-77-66. The first shipment is set to leave Canada by the end of September.

Looking Forward

On the horizon is another invasive mite of the honey bee: Tropilaelaps.  NOD has been working with researchers in Thailand, testing MAQS+™ against these mites.  Our product proved to be the most effective. Incursions of this mite are being monitored in New Zealand.  Should it appear, with an amendment to the label the beekeepers will have a readily available tool to control it.

About NOD Apiary Products ltd.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components.

Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc. and in Europe, NOD Europe Ltd., to be able to serve the beekeepers in that region.

NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland

Global Marketing Manager | 613-398-8422 etc. 205 |  kathleeni@nodglobal.com

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