US honey price up 13 per cent as bee colonies 'collapse'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
2 February 2015

The price of honey in the US has risen 13.4 per cent to hit more than $11,000 per tonne.

In January 2014 the price was $9,722 per tonne, but a decline in yield per bee colony and higher demand pushed the price in January 2015 to $11,023 per tonne.

According to Mintec, US production of honey has been declining, with 67,800 tonnes produced in 2013, down 5 per cent on the year before and 35 per cent lower than the levels produced 20 years ago.

A Mintec spokeswoman said: “The decline in yield per colony is due to diminished US bee colony populations associated with colony collapse disorder.” Colony collapse disorder occurs when worker bees suddenly disappear with no clear cause.

Honey imports to the US have been rising steadily, with 153,750 tonnes imported in 2013, up 8 per cent on the year before and making up around 65 per cent of total US supply.

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