March 12, 2024

Bee-Friendly Mellody® Launches First Plant-Based Hot Honey Product

  • Mellody® Spicy Habanero is the second variety of plant-based consumer honey released by the brand, made completely without bees.
  • The product will debut at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, CA from March 12-16.
  • Spicy Habanero will be available to consumers and B2B customers through e-commerce and at select US retailers.

Bee-Friendly Mellody® Launches First Plant-Based Hot Honey Product
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San Francisco, CA - March 12, 2024 – Plant-based food brand Mellody® today announces the launch of Spicy Habanero as its second consumer honey product made completely without bees. The hot honey condiment is the result of continued innovation following the debut of Mellody’s best-selling flagship product, Golden Clover Plant-based honey. The latest launch brings the first ever vegan hot honey on the market, crafted as a 100% match to the taste, texture, and performance of one the most beloved, versatile, and frequently adulterated ingredients in the world.

Mellody is the consumer brand wholly owned by bee-friendly innovation company MeliBio, founded in 2020 to combine advanced culinary techniques, cutting edge plant science, and fermentation techniques in order to “give bees a break” from commercial pollination activities. MeliBio produces taste-competitive and high-functioning substitutes for traditional bee-derived honey products, which place an environmentally critical burden on bee biodiversity.

Mellody’s Spicy Habanero Plant-based Hot Honey is a chef-perfected addition to sweet and savory appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, desserts, cocktails, and more.

“With the launch of Mellody Spicy Habanero, we’re taking our plant-based honey beyond sweet applications,” says MeliBio CEO and Co-founder Darko Mandich. “Our first Golden Clover release has been game changing for the honey industry, and there are even more possibilities for further innovation that our technology can unlock, starting with taste and functionality. Our customers are foodies, professional chefs, and conscious consumers who’ve been craving a more ethical and sustainable way to enjoy honey for a long time. Their response has made it clear that they love our products, with an appetite for more options.”

Mellody products are certified vegan, free of any bee parts, and glyphosate free.

Food and beverage industry insiders will be among the first to sample the latest Hot Honey product at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim from March 12-16, and the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas from March 19-21.

Mellody’s award winning plant-based honey products are currently available via e-commerce, and at select US restaurants and retailers including Eleven Madison Home, Gracias Madre, Besties Vegan Paradise, The Butcher’s Daughter, Rainbow Grocery, and wholesale retailer FAIRE. MeliBio products are also available overseas as ALDI’s JustVeg Vegan Hanny™ in the EU, and Better Foodie Vegan H*ney™ in the UK.

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About Mellody:

Mellody is the bee-free consumer honey brand wholly owned by MeliBio. Headquartered in Oakland, California, MeliBio is the world’s market leader in producing honey without bees. Mellody debuted at the 3 Michelin star restaurant Eleven Madison Park in 2023, and can be found at restaurants and retailers across the US and EU. Leveraging advanced culinary techniques, plant science, and fermentation, MeliBio produces sustainable honey products to match the taste, quality, and nutrition of bee-derived honey in its mission to create a sustainable future for bees, humans, and the planet. Mellody and parent company MeliBio are proud to support environmental and native bee conservation efforts with Charlie’s Acres and 1% for the Planet.