Canadian Honey Council
|The Canadian Beekeepers Council was formed in 1940 to assist in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. The fledgling organization was underfunded and slow to communicate. It was difficult to respond to issues or develop the international markets that the members wanted. It was clear that there was a need for a higher profile and increased international recognition. In 1970 The Canadian Beekeepers Council decided to change its name to Canadian Honey Council.|
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The Horticulture and Cross Sectoral Division of the Sector Development and Analysis Directorate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is pleased to present the latest report: “Statistical Overview of the Canadian Honey Industry - 2012”. This report has been prepared by Nili Katz and Anthony Ragoo.
The report provides a comprehensive summary of the honey industry statistics. It contains tables and charts about Canadian honey production, numbers of beekeepers and bee colonies, revenue, consumption and trade statistics.
Some highlights from the report are:
• The vast majority of bee colonies are kept in the Prairies, where long summer days are ideal for foraging. Consequently, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta collectively accounted for 85% of the country’s total honey production in 2012.
• The industry as a whole recorded a 15% annual increase in the value of honey produced, from $151 million in 2011 to $173 million in 2012.
• The past five years have seen a reversal of the decades-long trend of declining numbers of beekeepers. From 2008 to 2012, there has been a steady increase in the number of beekeepers, with 2012 figures showing an increase of 17% from 2008.
• All provinces except Saskatchewan saw an increase in the number of beekeepers in 2012.
• The country’s total number of colonies has also steadily increased from 2008, showing an overall growth of 24%.
• Total Canadian honey exports increased from $38.5 million in 2011 to $73.2 million in 2012, up 90%. This can be attributed an increase in exports to the United States and higher prices for honey in 2012.
• Canadian honey imports totaled $15 million in 2012.
The key resources used in the preparation of this document are Statistics Canada and Global Trade Atlas.