The corporation already existed in 1980, and in the year 2000, it was bought by Elena and Ali Agougou. The enterprise’s specialty is honey’s cold-extracted procedure, which keeps honey in its natural state and by the same token, saves the enzymes that play an important role in digestion.
Currently, Miel Nature produces more than 89 honey by-products and manages an apiary for 800 bee hives. To acquaint and simplify the understanding of bees, Miel Nature offers educational guided visits throughout the year.
All the recipes are carefully worked out within the enterprise. Mr. Agougou has a Ph. D. in food chemistry and Mrs Agougou has a diploma in food transformation.
Mr. Agougou is a member of l’Ordre des chimistes du Québec and holds two scientific patents. After obtaining his Ph. D. in 1985, he became consultant for the Office national des vins d’Algérie, conference master and director for the food research department.
He joined the Institut alimentaire de Moscou in 1991 for a postdoctoral training course. It is during this training course that he and his wife Elena met.
In October 1997, the couple decided to move to Quebec for many different reasons, one being the French language, freedom in business administration, the better quality of life and most importantly, the country’s respect for the environment. Mr. Agougou worked for different food enterprises for a while, but he did not have the freedom to innovate. So, along with his wife Elena, he made up his mind to buy a beekeeping enterprise. Mr. Agougou comes from a family of beekeepers and had sufficient knowledge in that field to be in charge of an apiary.
Putting their scientific competence and food experience to good use, they developed unique honey products.
In the first year, they expanded their apiary and developed their honey wines (with 25 flavours and 3 sparkling honey wines).
Miel Nature is proud to take part in national and international competitions (over 245 medals accumulated) and promises to pursue its scientific beekeeping management so as to preserve the honey and by-products in their natural state.