At 80.4 million pounds, production of the sweetener was down by 15.4 per cent from the previous year. | File photo

Wet summer triggers honey production decline

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) — Cool, wet summer conditions caused Canadian honey production to drop to its lowest level in seven years in 2019, according to a report from Statistics Canada. At 80.4 million pounds, honey production was down by 15.4 percent from the previous year. Alberta saw the largest drop, with production down 35 percent to […] Read more

At 80.4 million pounds, production of the sweetener was down by 15.4 per cent from the previous year. | File photo

Canadian honey production down 15.4 per cent on the year

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Cool and wet summer conditions caused Canadian honey production to drop to its lowest level in seven years in 2019, according to a report from Statistics Canada. At 80.4 million pounds, production of the sweetener was down by 15.4 per cent from the previous year. Alberta saw the largest drop, with production […] Read more

A western Canadian producer says those who export fake honey into Canada have found a way to pass the test used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and says it’s time to do something about it.  |  Getty Images

Producer urges gov’t. to take action on fake honey

A British Columbia beekeeper spends $1 million on a new test and implores the government to make sure it is used

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency uses an ineffective method to detect fake honey, which has forced a Canadian beekeeper to take matters into his own hands. Peter Awram is a second-generation beekeeper who has apiary facilities in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and produces honey north of Edmonton. “There is so much fraud in the industry, […] Read more


Canadian honey producers are receiving US$1 to $1.35 per pound for their honey while U.S. producers receive $2 per lb. or more.  |  File photo

Honey price gap may be permanent for Canadian beekeepers

The honey market continues to break a basic rule of economics. Normally, if two companies are selling a similar product the price should be similar. So, if company X sells apple juice for $2 per litre and company Y sells a similar quality apple juice for $1.40 per litre, company X will lower its price […] Read more

There is now a massive price gap between Canadian and American honey of about 70 cents per lb. 
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‘Buy local’ trips up honey producers

In 2014, the price of Canadian honey was basically the same as U.S. honey. A U.S. Department of Agriculture national honey report from February 2014 said Canadian beekeepers received US$2.12 per pound for their honey and North Dakota beekeepers received $2.11 per lb. That parity is over. There is now a massive price gap between […] Read more


This year's drought in parts of Western Canada hurt honey production, but beekeepers in more northerly regions had a good to excellent honey crop. | File photo

Honey production better in north than south this year

This year’s drought in parts of Western Canada hurt honey production, but beekeepers in more northerly regions had a good to excellent honey crop. For example, producers in southern Alberta had a poor year but yields were better north of Calgary. “Everybody is pretty happy with their crop … for the majority,” said Mike DeJong, […] Read more

On Oct. 9, CBC news posted a story on its website suggesting honey is contaminated with insecticides. The CBC story was factual but omitted a key point. The levels of neonics found in the honey samples were insignificant.
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Neonic levels in honey below accepted guidelines: expert

The Swiss study was misleading and the methodology used to measure concentrations was ‘illogical,’ says toxicologist

On Oct. 9, CBC news posted a story on its website suggesting honey is contaminated with insecticides. The story was based on a Swiss study that analyzed honey samples from around the globe. The study, published in the journal Science, found that 75 percent of honey contains neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides commonly used as […] Read more

With sliding exports, and two consecutive years of strong production, many Canadian beekeepers are sitting on stockpiles.
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Honey producers hope prices rise

Canadian honey producers are in a marketing bind. Other countries are grabbing a larger share of the U.S. market, and possibly for the first time ever, Canadian honey is selling at a steep discount to U.S. honey, said Guy Chartier, chief executive officer of Bee Maid Honey, a beekeeper-owned co-operative. “Overall, exports are trending down,” […] Read more


According to the International Honey Market report, the number of beehives around the world has increased by eight percent in the past 10 years, but the volume of honey exported internationally has increased 61 percent. | File graphic

Are Canadians paying for fake imported honey?

Saudi Arabia and Myanmar have little in common, except that Canadian companies are importing honey from both of those countries. Myanmar exported $388,000 worth of honey to Canada between Jan. 1 and the end of March, while $238,000 worth of honey came from Saudi Arabia, according to federal government statistics. In comparison, Canada imported $1.1 […] Read more

Statistics Canada said apiarists produced 95.3 million pounds of honey, up from 85.5 million last year and 76.5 million in 2013. | File photo

Beekeepers produce bumper honey crop

Canadian beekeepers had a fantastic honey crop this year, as national production is the second highest in the last 15 years. Statistics Canada, in a release issued this morning, said apiarists produced 95.3 million pounds of honey, up from 85.5 million last year and 76.5 million in 2013. Alberta was responsible for most of the […] Read more