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Vita (Europe) Ltd and Apilab in South America start working together for healthier bees

VitaApilabAt Apimondia 2015 in Daejeon, South Korea, two companies based in different hemispheres and with the common aim of promoting honeybee health have announced that they are joining forces to offer beekeepers a wider range of bee health treatments, feeds and products.

Vita (Europe) Ltd, the world’s largest dedicated honeybee health company, is teaming up with Apilab, veterinary beekeeping product manufacturer active across South and Central America. Through joint marketing each company’s products can be made more widely available and there are possibilities for joint research and development activities.

Jeremy Owen, a director at Vita (Europe) Ltd, said: “This gives Vita an excellent opportunity to expand into South and Central American markets where we do not yet have a presence and also to expand the range of honeybee health products we can make available to beekeepers across the world. Many products will require lengthy registration procedures of course, but we are hopeful that we can bring some of Apilab’s feeds, which have impressed us, to our existing markets more quickly.”

Dr Marcelo del Hoyo, manager and partner of Apilab, said: “Since meeting Vita personnel at Apimondia 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine, we have been investigating possibilities of working with them and I’m delighted to say that we have come to an agreement that we can now announce at Apimondia 2015. Our challenge together is to offer highest quality products developed exclusively for honeybee health and nutrition and to help beekeepers maintain healthier honeybees.”

Vita, headquartered in the UK, has, offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products which are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Apilab, based in Argentina, is a manufacturer of veterinary products for beekeeping and has the highest market share of the sector in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, as well as being active across South and Central America and other export markets. Quality assurance systems allow for the highest standards, promoting trust and loyalty by consumers.

Notes To Editors

Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controlsfoulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps , Small Hive Beetle traps and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.

See www.vita-europe.com for more information and a web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.

Follow Vita as “Vita (Europe) Ltd” on Facebook and Google+ and as @vitaeuropeltd on Twitter.

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