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Production and value of honey, 2021

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Released: 2021-12-08

Sales of honey

$278.0 million


39.4% increase

(annual change)

Canadian honey producers harvested 89.8 million pounds of honey in 2021, up 8.0% from 2020. The number of colonies increased by 6.0% from a year earlier to 810,496 in 2021, which contributed to the higher production. The total value of honey sold increased by 39.4% to a record-high $278.0 million in 2021. Lower production and less supply since 2017 contributed to higher prices and value for honey in 2021.

The number of beekeepers grew to 13,105 in 2021, as 1,111 more beginner beekeepers started their honey-making journey this year.

Honey exports were down by 13.3% during the first three quarters of 2021 to 12.4 million pounds. Sales from honey exports climbed up by 4.3% to $33.1 million. Over 90% of Canadian honey is exported to the United States and Japan.

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