Woolworths is again selling fake honey in a scam involving Capilano Honey Pty Ltd (now known Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd), their owners Kerry Stokes, Kevin Rudd’s son-in-law Albert Tse and others.
The global food fraud scam conspiracy entails importing fake honey and selling it in Australia, only at Woolworths at this point, via a new brand called Cloverdale Honey which is 90% imported fake honey. They are also exporting it overseas under what seems to be the false impression it is 100% Australian Honey.
I put questions to Woolworths, their CEO Brad Banducci and Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Capilano Honey Pty Ltd) but they failed to respond even though they knew I would be making the allegations that I am in this article.
Hive and Wellness Australia (Capilano Honey) and Woolworths have a long history of selling fake honey which is worth reviewing but let’s deal with their latest scam first, the new Cloverdale Honey.
I noticed the Cloverdale Honey at Woolworths on Saturday (29-3-20) after Capilano had flagged selling a new brand in an email to the honey suppliers a few weeks ago which was leaked to me. A check on the bottle revealed it was made by Honey Corporation of Australia at 399 Archerfield Rd, Richlands QLD which is one of the holding companies used by Capilano Honey Pty Ltd (now known Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd). They have used numerous company names for many years to conceal from customers what they are really up to.
The labelling on the bottle also claims that the honey is “at least 10% Australian honey” and that the honey is “sourced predominantly from the rainforests of South America”. These claims are coming from the same company that has a well-known history of selling fake honey via their Allowrie Honey brand and only stopped after independent testing proving it was fake became public knowledge.
Selling Cloverdale Honey into Asia
They are also selling Cloverdale Honey into Asia with different labelling which implies that Cloverdale Honey is 100% Australian Honey.
Capilano has a long history of using weasel words with their marketing where they imply something without actually saying it so they can backtrack later if they get caught out. The bottle below is the Cloverdale Honey on a website that says they are selling it in Hong Kong and claim it is 100% Australian Honey
Below is another Cloverdale Honey bottle labelled with Chinese writing which only says 100% Pure Honey but no mention if it is Australian honey. But the website it is on says “Australian original Cloverdale eucalyptus flowers mixed honey” which is different further down the page where it says “Country of origin: Other”.
On the side of the bottle it says, “All honey from Australia” with the company name “Honey Products” and then gives Capilano’s mailing address of Po Box 531 Inala Qld 4077.
My guess is that the Honey being sold into Asia is the same Cloverdale Honey being sold here which is 90% imported fake honey but when it’s sold into Asia they give the impression it is 100% Australian produced honey which is a lie.
It’s all very strange, but that’s how they roll and have done so for years. They played the exact same game with Allowrie Honey. They use many different honey labels, names and amounts of imported honey in the product and then changed it all again for their overseas shipments to keep consumers confused if they ask questions.
Capilano’s long history of selling fraudulent and toxic honey
Capilano Honey Pty Ltd (now known Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd) has a long history of selling fake and toxic honey. In 2008 and 2011 Channel Seven’s Today Tonight program broadcast unchallenged claims that Capilano Honey was selling polluted and poisonous honey. Channel Seven was and is still owned by Kerry Stokes so they wouldn’t lie about Capilano.
I used the two Channel 7 stories to have the super-injunction, suppression orders and non-publication orders lifted in Capilano’s and Ben McKee’s defamation and injurious falsehood case against me. When a judge of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal lifted the court orders and referenced the Channel Seven shows as one reason why the suppression orders should be lifted Seven deleted the two stories off their website. But they are still on this website. (Click here to read more or watch the Seven broadcasts)
Capilano Honey and their CEO Ben McKee (now COO of the parent company) instituted defamation and injurious falsehood proceeding and me in October 2016. This was after I reported they had instituted defamation and injurious falsehood proceedings against beekeeper Simon Mulvany for an article I published titled “Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers“. The article also documented Canada and India previously finding Capilano’s honey being dangerous in 2003 and 2010.
What really stands out showing that senior management and the owners of Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd know they are selling fake and dangerous honey is the fact that there is a reverse onus of proof with their Injurious falsehood case against me. That means they have to prove that my claims that they have sold fake and poisonous honey is untrue. But when they filed their evidence to support their claim, I published it and wrote an article pointing point their evidence actually supports my claims.
So Capilano ran off to court and had suppression orders and non-publication orders issued to make me take the article down so the public could not see the evidence they claim shows their honey is safe for consumers. (Click here to read more)
Woolworths the food fraud people
Woolworths and their CEO Brad Banducci are no saints, in fact they are major league criminals. They also have a long history of selling fake and poisonous food to the Australian public which I have written about numerous time. Brad Banducci has been with Woolworths since 2011 and CEO since February 2016 and the food fraud at the company has his fingerprints all over it.
It’s worth noting that Coles stopped selling the fake Allowrie Honey in July 2018 and started selling only Australian honey after a social media campaign had been running for a couple of years. The campaign was started by Simon Mulvany with me and this website joining and taking the lead in the campaign in September 2016 as suppression orders had silenced Simon Mulvany to a large degree although not totally.
I ignored the super-injunction and suppression orders taken out against me as I believed it was in the public interest to do so which led to Capilano asking the judge to have me jailed for contempt for the crime of journalism.
During this period Woolworths continued to sell the fake Allowrie Honey to customers and only stopped when independent testing proved the Allowrie Honey was fake which forced Capilano to withdraw the product in January 2019.
Woolworths also had Capilano make the Woolworths Macro brand honey which was also fake imported honey which Woolworths stopped selling last year. (Click here to read more)
In June 2018 I published an article titled “Woolworths organic food scam” outlining some of Woolworths’ food fraud with honey and other products. I also published the below video as part of the article. The video is relevant to this article as it shows Capilano and Woolworths haven’t changed their spots.
I sent Woolworths media division and the CEO Mr Brad Banducci the below email a few days ago. They haven’t responded. I also sent the same email to the CEO Ryan d’Almeida and COO Ben McKee at Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd and they have also not responded which is consistent for them.
From: SHANE DOWLING
Sent: 31 March 2020 13:25
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Media questions: Woolworths selling fake honey again via the Cloverdale Honey brand
Dear Mr Banducci
I have some questions for an article I will be publishing regarding Woolworths again selling fake honey in conjunction with Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Capilano Honey Pty Ltd) via the Cloverdale Honey brand which is 90% imported honey. The working title for the article is “Woolworths involved in global food fraud scam conspiracy with Capilano Honey, Kerry Stokes, Kevin Rudd’s son-in-law, Albert Tse and others”
My questions are:
- Why is Woolworths again selling imported honey from the same supplier, Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Capilano Honey Pty Ltd), who previously supplied the fake honey brand Allowrie Honey.
- Given Allowrie Honey was proven to be fake imported Chinese honey by independent testing in 2018, which led to Capilano to cease production of Allowrie Honey, what precaution have Woolworths taken to make sure the Cloverdale Honey is not fake?
- Will Woolworths again start selling the fake Woolworths owned Macro brand honey which Woolworths previously had Hive and Wellness Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Capilano Honey Pty Ltd) produce for Woolworths.
- Given Coles started selling only Australian Honey in July 2018 why has Woolworths again started selling fake imported honey?
Can you please respond by 5pm today (Queensland time) in case I have further follow-up questions.
I also wrote to Hive and Wellness CEO Ryan d’Almeida and COO Ben McKee on the 14th of March asking some questions after I was leaked their plans for a new fake imported honey and they once again refused to respond. (Click here to read more)
Woolworths, their CEO Brad Banducci, Hive and Wellness, Kerry Stokes and Albert Tse and the other owners and managers obviously have designs of making huge profits from selling fake honey but it is time the government and proper authorities stepped up to stop it. But while we have a weak government Woolworths, Banducci, Stokes, Tse and the others will continue food fraud they have profited from for years. They might go silent for a while like when they were caught selling the fake Allowrie Honey but as per the above, they will just start up again later using different brands and names etc.
My injurious falsehood and defamation legal battles with Capilano Honey and Ben McKee are listed for hearing for 3 days starting on the 25th of May 2020. It’ll be in Sydney while I’m in Queensland on the phone so I’ll record and publish it as I have before so you can hear how corrupt it is.
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