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90% of All Exported Brazilian Honey Goes to the US

Honey made in Brazil Exports of honey attained a new record high in the month of May, in Brazil, with foreign sales equivalent to US$ 4.15 million, the highest value in the last four years. The result represents growth of 14.6% over the value recorded in April. The sector is also celebrating the rising average cost of exported honey (US$ 2.46 per kilogram).

Also favorable is the balance of honey exports during the first five months this year, compared with the same period of 2007. From January to May, revenues from exports totaled US$ 14.01 million and 6.52 tons, growth of 57.6% in value and 14.4% in volume.

The United States market remains the leading destination for honey exports from Brazil. In May, the United States imported US$ 3.76 million in Brazilian honey, representing almost 91% of total revenues from foreign sales. In the first five months this year alone, Brazil already exported to the United States a total of US$ 12.43 million, equivalent to 5,790 tons of honey.

The figures were culled from a survey compiled by Agribusiness Unit consultants at the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae) and by the national coordinators at the Sustainable Integrated Beekeeping Hub (Rede Apis), Reginaldo Resende and Lázara de Fátima Borges. The source was the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex) at the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.

In the first five months of the year, the state of São Paulo remained the leader in the honey export ranking, with US$ 4.889 million. Next come the states of Paraná (US$ 2.417 million), Ceará (US$ 2.170 million), Rio Grande do Sul (US$ 2.167 million), Piauí­ (US$ 1.623 million), Rio Grande do Norte (US$ 365,200), Santa Catarina (US$ 241,300) and Minas Gerais (US$ 51,200).

In May, the three best prices were charged by the states of Ceará (US$ 2.79/kg), Piauí­ (US$ 2.52/kg) and Rio Grande do Sul (US$ 2.50/kg). The lowest prices were negotiated by the states of Rio Grande do Norte (US$ 1.98/kg), Paraná (US$ 2.37/kg) and São Paulo (US$ 2.35/kg).

Until the end of the year, honey exports tend to sustain the favorable performance recorded in the first months. "The optimism is due to the likelihood of an increase in Brazilian honey production this year, as well as the perspective of a shortage of honey in the international market, caused by a possible stagnation or reduction of the Argentine honey crop, and also by the relatively low inventory levels for honey in the leading importer countries," explains Reginaldo Resende.

However, the industry must stay alert, because of the strong dependence of Brazilian exports in the United States market. "Furthermore, the resumption of exports to the European market is happening slowly," says Resende.

Sebrae

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  • Viuy

    Does anybody knows who is the biggest organic beekeeping farm in Brazil?
    Thanks for your assistance!

  • Shelly

    Ch.c
    Man are you in estrous? Anyway, I missed being here. I was way too busy, but back in town!

  • ch.c.

    Whooooooaaaaaaaaa……Great Brazilian Performance !
    Price per kilo at US$ 2.00 to 2.80 or so will not make any Brazilian producer better than poor.

    Around a year ago, there was an article, in this site, concerning honey production in Piaui.
    Of course…with the regular navel caressing Brazilians are known for, it was a great success !!!
    My simple and irrefutable maths demonstrated that the average honey producer in that state generated US$ 30.- PER MONTH…PER PRODUCER !!!!!
    And that it was in reality not that great !
    Well, a very educated Brazilian junkie, with probably a Master Degree in maths and poverty, most probably from a SP University, said :
    “….but with that you can go a long way….in Piaui…and that was a great success”

    A sad and true story !!!!!!!

    And I can only repeat for the umpteenth time that measuring a performance against a DECLINING FOREIGN CURRENCY……DOESNT REFLECT…THE INCOME GROWTH….IN THE PRODUCING COUNTRY !!!!
    And by not even publishing the results in LOCAL currency…is a proof…that YOU are hiding a much darker reality !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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