Father and son from Australia spent a decade inventing a plastic hive with a tap for collecting honey – then sold over £1 million worth in 24 hours
Two beekeepers in Australia have invented what is believed to be the world’s first hive that allows fresh honey to be collected without having to disturb the bees and with no threat of stings.
Credited with “revolutionising” beekeeping, Cedar Anderson and his father Stuart borrowed money from friends and family and spent a decade creating a contraption which they say is “easier on the beekeeper and on the bees”.
The pair began selling their invention on a crowdsourcing site and raised $1.7 million (£1.1 million) in the first 24 hours.
“It is incredible – I am shocked,” Stuart Anderson, 60, a former social worker, told The Telegraph. “I didn’t anticipate how many people must have been hovering, waiting for something like this.”
The father and son team – both amateur inventors – come from a long line of backyard beekeepers near the popular surfing and tourist destination of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.
Their contraption, called the Flow Hive, consists of plastic artificial honeycomb cells in which the bees leave honey before sealing the cells with wax. A lever then splits the wax and turns the cells to create zigzagging channels for the honey to flow out via a tap into a trough below.
Mr Anderson said his grandfather would “rob” honey from hives in trees on neighbouring properties and his father began keeping bees legally in the garden.
He and his son have long kept hives in their backyard – handing out honey to friends – and began searching for a better way to extract the honey.