Savannah Bee Company
Ted Dennard is the founder, president and head beekeeper of Savannah Bee Company. Growing up in Coastal Georgia, Ted’s journey into the magical world of bees and honey was sparked by an elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower who believed in bee keeping as a way of life. 35 years later, Ted’s passion hasn’t waned. Ted backed into business in 1999 when his friend opened a store in Savannah and began selling his tupelo honey. Three years later, Savannah Bee Company was officially born. Today, Ted remains dedicated to sharing the world of bees with others and introducing new honeybee products to market. He loves his family and surfs when he can.
three things i can't live without
Ocean water, honeybees, my wife
you'd never guess that
I spent my first two college summers working in an Alaskan salmon factory.
I was on the chess team in elementary school.
After making the first mountain bike ascent of 7400ft Blue Mountain Peak in Jamaica, I ate the hottest pepper in the world on the peak just to make it two firsts. It was a bad idea with little water and nothing but grass to eat in an attempt to abate the heat.
i'm thankful for
Such a magical life where I grew up on the beach of St. Simons Island, the opportunity to have served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica, and my many backcountry adventures in Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. Mostly, that when it was time to get a real job, that this honey company came into being.
my next venture is
I am about to revamp all of our packaging...
I am about to unveil the first ever western hemisphere bee therapy hut!
i started my business because
Before I realized it, it had already started itself. Twenty-five different stores scattered across the nation had called me to carry my tupelo honey and honeycombs. My hobby of perfecting the ultimate honey was growing to the next level, so I took the leap...and here we are.
my personal motto is
“Will I wish I had done this (or not) when I am rocking in a chair at 90 years old?”
What makes savannah for you?
Our quirky culture with a variety of all kinds of people, “to go” cups, and the incredible live oaks.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
I have the greatest luck with family. From my parents and siblings, to my beautiful wife and four unique kids. My life couldn’t have turned out any better.
Founder, President, Head Bee Keeper