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Our Honey Heritage
A simple plan.
In 1954, Ralph and Luella Gamber developed the EN-R-G Bar (“EN” for energy, “R” for Ralph and “G” for Gamber). They wanted to provide an alternative to the sugary candy bars available, so, as such, their plan was simple: wholesome ingredients, great taste and, as Ralph was a beekeeper, honey. They introduced two-ounce packets of honey with the words “quick energy” on the packaging. At the time, Ralph’s friend Roy Phillips, head wrestling coach at Franklin & Marshall College, used those packets to provide quick energy for his athletes. Although Ralph and Luella knew they were on to something, the market was not quite ready for energy foods.
In 2001, EN-R-G Foods, Inc., was re-established by Bill Gamber Sr, Bill Gamber Jr., Bob Stahl and John Miller, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as Honey Stinger, with the same goal in mind: provide great tasting, honey-focused energy foods made with wholesome ingredients. We like to think that Ralph and Luella would be proud of our products, and we know you’ll like them too.
Dutch Gold Honey
Since its inception in 1946, Dutch Gold Honey has focused on fulfilling the motto of its founder, Ralph Gamber, "We only pack the best." What began as a beekeeping hobby for Ralph and his wife Luella has grown to become the largest family-owned honey company in the United States. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in “the Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country," Dutch Gold Honey was named for the early settlers of the region who were "Deutsch" (German) and for the region’s beautiful, golden color.
Bill Gamber Sr. owns and operates Dutch Gold. Bill Gamber Sr.’s son, Bill Gamber Jr., is Co-Founder of Honey Stinger and sits on the Honey Stinger Board.
The iconic Honey Bear - you’ve seen them in your pantry and on grocery store shelves for years. But where did the bear-shaped honey container come from? The ingenious idea was born at the Gamber’s dinner table. After sharing the evening meal with Woodrow and Rita Miller, fellow beekeepers who were visiting from California, the conversation turned to the honey business. Before long, the four were brainstorming ideas for novel packaging for their honey, and they came up with the renowned Honey Bear.
While the bear isn’t the only bottle for honey, it has become popular and widely recognized as a traditional honey container. The first honey bear was designed, manufactured, and sold in 1957 by the Gambers. In 2007, the Honey Bear celebrated its 50th Birthday and was officially named “Nugget.”
Nephi Ephraim Miller started his honey business in Providence, Utah, in 1894. With the help of his pioneer father, Nephi exchanged five bags of oats for seven colonies of bees. This marked the beginning of Miller's Honey. The Idaho office of Miller's Honey Farms, Inc., was established in 1917, when Nephi sent his son Earl to Southeast Idaho to seek additional bee pasture. In 1954, Earl's son Neil took over the Idaho branch. Neil operated the Blackfoot, Idaho, outfit until 1996, when he sold the outfit to his son, John Miller.
In 1970, Miller Honey Farms opened a new branch in Gackle, North Dakota. The Gackle operation harvests over one million pounds of high quality honey annually for markets throughout the United States. In 1974, Miller Honey Farms opened a new branch in Newcastle, California, when the new almond farming industry was beginning to emerge in the state. Bees happen to be essential to the pollination of the almond crop.
Miller Honey Farms is now one of the largest beekeeping outfits in North America. John Miller, who has managed or owned this operation since 1980.