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The Dak Lak Honey Bee Joint Stock Co. aims to double its honey exports to 10,000 tonnes this year valued at more than US$20 million.
By late October, the company in the highland province of Dak Lak had collected 11,000 tonnes of honey and exported more than 8,000 tonnes of honey products to the U.S., Canada, Japan, and South Korea.
The U.S. buys 80% of the honey products from Dak Lak province.
To push honey exports, Dak Lak has expanded into other areas in Dak Lak province as well as to provinces in the Central Highland and Southwestern regions.
Dak Lak province this year is home to 200,000 flocks of bees with expected production of 11,500 tonnes of honey, twice the amount last year.
An organic honey producer in the eastern Black Sea region of Turkey says his honey harvest fell 50% this year even after the number of hives was increased by 40%.
Topuy Kaçkar Organic Honey Products general manager Remzi Özbay tells the Hürriyet Daily News it almost looked like the company’s bees were on strike.
“They have so drastically slashed the production that we could only deliver half the amount we promised to customers a year ago,” Özbay says. “We had to suspend our export negations with five countries.”
Özbay says there is a high international demand for his honey including from the United States, Japan, Germany and Australia.
The firm usually harvests about six tons of honey from 1,000 hives each year and raised the number of hives to 1,400 this year to meet the rising demand.
“However, despite the increase in the number of hives our production fell to three tons,” Özbay says.
“We did a study and found out this was the case with all honey producers.”
He says the natural balance has been ruined due to pesticides that have directly affected the bees’ ecosystem.
“Bee deaths are increasing,” he says
Canadian specialty honey manufacturer Island Abbey Foods Ltd. announces a agreement to distribute its Honibe products through Dutch Gold Honey Inc., of Lancaster, PA and its subsidiary McLure’s Honey and Maple Products, Littleton, NH.
The Prince Edward Island company’s Honibe brand is built around a proprietary technology that allows the creation of 100% pure dried honey products in a variety of forms.
Dutch Gold Honey will expand its product lines to include Honibe 100% pure dried honey products starting with Honibe Honey Drop sugar cubes and Honey Sprinkles granules for desserts, baking and ingredient use.
Island Abbey Foods president John Rowe says he’s excited about the collaboration.
“Dutch Gold Honey is a leader in the honey industry in the United States that has built a reputation on quality, integrity and trust over the past 64 years,” he says. “To now have our innovative Honibe product lines available through this household name in honey is a wonderful partnership for us.”
Dutch Gold Honey sales vice president Jill Clark says it is pleased to be able to offer the award winning Honibe line of pure dried honey products to its customers.
“Island Abbey Foods has generated a lot of international attention for its unique technology since the launch of the Honibe brand in 2008, and we are excited to add their products to our Dutch Gold Honey & McLure’s product lines,” she says
The Honibe brand has garnered international attention in recent months for its Honey Drop product, a teaspoon-sized individual serving of 100% pure dried honey without any additives. It is ideal for sweetening tea or coffee by dropping it into the hot beverage and stirring.
Most recently, the Honey Drop won two SIAL D’or 2010 Awards at the world’s largest food tradeshow in Paris, France and will is one of nine finalists competing for best new food product in the world this month.
Island Abbey Foods is a 6th generation PEI agricultural family business.
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