Wet summer set to push up cost of honey
Honey prices could rise after production was hit by summer downpours, it was revealed today.
Bee colonies were starved of food and prevented from "foraging" by the wet July, experts said.
Now the British Beekeepers' Association has warned that prices are likely to rise by up to 50p per 340g pot as a result.
Chairman Martin Smith said the impact of successive drenched summers with cool temperatures had hit the industry.
"Lots of keepers are focusing on rebuilding their stocks of bees rather than producing large honey volumes," he told The Grocer magazine.
Lynfa Davies, secretary of the Welsh Beekeepers' Association, added: "We have had reports where beekeepers have found their colonies to be either starving or very short of food because the wet weather has prevented the bees from foraging."
A 340g pot of British honey typically ranges in price from £2.28 to £4.50, the magazine said.
Earlier this week, Natural England launched a scheme encouraging people to create urban hives and grow insect-friendly plants in a bid to reverse a declining bee population.
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in Camden
- 2 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 3 George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
- 4 Headaches, fry ups, and hair of the dog - why do we get hangovers, and is there such thing as a 'cure'?
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
iJobs Food & Drink
Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...