Natural "Designer Honey" Being Readied for US and International Markets

US-based RMANNCO, Inc. Commences Labeling and Marketing Process for Next-Generation Agricultural Products Integrating NASA Spinoff Technology to Market Designer Honey and to Help Declining Honeybee Populations Worldwide
BANNER ELK, N.C. - June 14, 2015 - PRLog -- A new way that enables chemical transport of selected chemicals that can be metabolized by honeybees (both melifera and meliponines) to create new kinds of honey and to help control hive pests has been developed by Dr. Joseph A. Resnick, Chief Scientist for US-based, RMANNCO, Inc.  Headquartered in Lenoir, NC, RMANNCO has offices in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, in Hong Kong and in Guizhou, China.

Using RMANNCO’s proprietary microencapsulation instrument/process, developed in collaboration with NASA, Dr. Resnick creates microcapsules that contain encapsulated substances, such as, Erithritol, a chemical compound that contains Rebaudisol A-E and X, found in the Stevia plant.  Reb A-E and X have been shown to be beneficial for use by humans and is an extract of the natural sweetener compounds that do not cause rises in insulin levels in humans.  Stevia, as well as a number of different plants and herbs, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and the practice of herbologic medicine for thousands of years.  In another embodiment Resnick creates "LTIP", or the "Low Toxicity Integrated Pest Management Product", that uses all natural substances to combat trachea and varroa mites at the sub-micron level.

Under sponsorship of RMANNCO, Inc., Dr. Resnick conducted field tests of microencapsulated Erithritol (liquefied stevia extract) using the Tropical stingless honeybee, “Melipona”, in Malaysia during 2014.  The test proved Resnick's theory that bees could be fed desired substances and those substances could be used to improve the glycemic index of honey being produced by bees even during Monsoon Season when forage is scarce for all pollinators. Dr. Resnick published a paper concerning Meliponiculture, or the commercialization of Tropical stingless bee products, while on assignment in Malaysia in 2014.  The paper may be viewed at .

Resnick's breakthrough comes in the form of a new product he calls, ‘synthetic pollen’.  Because the microspheres are the same size as natural pollen grains typically used by honeybees, 10-20 microns in diameter, the new product is more biocompatible and easier to manage resulting in less stress to bees.  The technology is covered by one or more patents and a new application covering manufacture and method is Patent Pending Approval.  The microscopic-sized balls have a core that's filled with the healthy nectar Resnick creates using Non-GMO, certified organic substances.   When talking about feeding his bee's Resnick says that “smaller is better  in terms of making a healthy food supplement for pollinators that is both nutritious and easier for honeybees to transport deeper into the hive”.  Resnick said that during manufacture he can make the capsules as full as desired, make the shell walls as thick or thin as he wants, and can alter the molecular polarity of the microcapsules making them ‘cling’ or 'not cling' to hairs on the bee and make them in sizes ideally suited for placement in pollen sacs located on some bees’ legs.

Resnick said preliminary tests show that supplementing the bees’ diet with the encapsulated Erithritol results in alteration of the glycemic index of the honey produced by the Melipona.  Fructose levels are lowered.  Tests by an independent laboratory in the USA confirm that fructose levels are reduced in honey when the meliponines are fed the synthetic pollen.  Resnick said that fructose is ‘the bad sugar found in honey’.  Dr. Resnick said he carried out field studies during the Monsoon season in Malaysia so that he could determine whether or not the new bee food could be used to help pollinators and prevent starvation during bad weather seasons both in the Tropics and in temperate climates.  For example, in the USA during the winter months, some Beekeepers report losing as much as 40% of their colonies due to starvation.  Resnick said he feels the new bee food formula can help to prevent starvation during winter and monsoon seasons when forage is almost nonexistent for pollinators. Forage for bees is scarce after spring flower and summer plant blooms worldwide.

Dr. Resnick said that he has developed several new species of the ‘bee food’ in the form of ‘artificial pollen’.  He said the preliminary studies with encapsulated Erithritol proves that the bees metabolize the target compounds that, as a result of his supplemental feeding method, is placed in both the honey and beeswax matrixes, and in the propilis as well.

RMANNCO has recently formed an alliance with the North Carolina AgBiotech Group at the Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, NC and with the North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University in Greensboro, NC.  Formalized research programs are being structured with guidance and assistance from both entities leading to RMANNCO's filing of the Chapter 13 application with the NC Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Agriculture enabling marketing of the new bee food and low toxicity pest control products. RMANNCO's marketing strategy is to introduce the new bee food and green pest control products in North Carolina which is considered the nation's premier honey production state.

Plans being considered leading to national and international roll-out of the new products include joint ventures with two China-based companies, regional Chinese governmental authorities and several agricultural universities in China.

Joyce Mann, CEO of RMANNCO, Inc. said, "RMANNCO is seriously considering the collaboration offers it's received from the parties in certain ASEAN countries, as well as factions of the Chinese Government and numerous companies and stevia farming entrepreneurs.  The Chinese markets present our largest opportunity to commence immediate sales and distribution, particularly in collaboration with the Chinese Government.  There are more than nine million (9,000,000) registered beekeepers in China with these having at least 100 colonies, each, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing".  Mann said, "The business climate in China has changed significantly over the past several years.  The Chinese Government welcomes new technology ventures in the form of providing venture capital along with assurances that the product developed under the ventures will be sold in all global markets.  Those kinds of assurances are very hard to ignore".

Concluding the interview Mann said, "Dr. Resnick will be re-joining RMANNCO as President on July 7, 2015 and will have oversight of all day-to-day operations for the company, both domestic and international".

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