Honey on sale in bulk

Prices for US import: August 2014 Update

Between June and July 2014 prices for honey import in the USA did not change too much staying relatively high. However, data on import from Ukraine are absent in the USDA report of July. Prices for honey from Argentina look a little lower ($1.83 – $1.88 per pound; i.e. $4.03 – $4.14 per Kg) while India and Vietnam were able to keep about the same low prices as before (see picture below).

Prices paid for US import_JHowever, in August, the prices underwent significant growth of some 6% for Vietnam, 11% for Argentina and 17% for honey from India. Honey from Ukraine also came at some 10% higher price than back in May.

Prices paid for US import_August 2014Presently we have honey on sale from a number of countries below. As usual, prices are a subject to change at any time.

Honey for sale in bulkHoney from Ukraine

We presently have a supply of freshly collected 2014 Polyfloral honey from Ukraine (ELA, 45 – 55 mm Pfund; moisture 17.5 – 18.5%). This honey is for sale at CFR price (delivery to destination port included) $3600 – $3880 per ton ($1.63 to $1.76/pound) depending on destination and volume. We also have a variety of USDA Organic and Kosher certified honeys on sale.

UA Global_USDA Organic (2)

USDA-NOP Organic honey certificate

Certificates of analyses issued by QSI GmbH (Germany) are available.

Honey from Russia

Polyfloral (ELA, ~ 50 – 60 mm Pfund), Buckwheat, Linden, Rapeseed and Sunflower. Russian honey in general is notably stronger in flavor and aroma. Typically it is characterized by high diastase numbers, high antioxidant and healing activities. Prices are in the range of CFR $3200 – $3400 ($1.45 – $1.54/pound). Perfect honey for table and ingredient purposes. Confirmed supply is 40 tons monthly.

Honey from India

Polyfloral (ELA, < 50 mm Pfund). Price is in the range of CFR $3300 – $3360 depending on destination. Lower prices are possible at higher purchase volumes of some two 20 foot containers monthly. Please see an example of COA from Intertek for the honey below. Perfect honey for table and ingredient purposes. Confirmed supply is 500 tons monthly.

An example of pollen analysis_IndiaHoney from Vietnam

EU CERTIFIED Polyforal honey (LA, ~ 75 – 80 mm Pfund), COAs from Intertek (Germany). Perfect honey for ingredient purposes. CFR price which includes delivery to the USA/Canada ports is $3000 per ton ($1.36 per pound). This honey will be available starting from February 2015 the amount up to 1000 tons annually. Supply of 40-60 tons monthly is possible.

Vietnam honey_apiaryHACCP Certificate_Vietnam honeyThe honeys are located in the countries of origin. If you have any interest please let us know. We are opened for all discussions on prices and payment terms. Prices and supply volumes are subject to change.

Altai Honey: Elite honey you will enjoy

Elite Altai Honey

Let me present this new reliable source of unaltered raw honey to you. The brand of Altai Honey has been known for centuries within Russia. Now the honey which is collected in ecologically clean area of Altai Mountains starts spreading beyond the borders. The area is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site known as Golden Mountains of Altai.

Golden Mountains of Altai

Golden Mountains of Altai

Currently, Polyfloral (wildflower) and Buckwheat honeys are available. White and red clovers, Zmeegolovnik, Sage, Cornflower blue, Angelica and other nectar sources are among predominant ingredients in Polyfloral Altai honey. A variety of unique types of monofloral honeys is also available during harvest season from May to October at a reasonably higher prices. The honey is packed into standard 55 gallon (300 Kg) food-grade barrels.

Golden Mountains of Altai

Golden Mountains of Altai

Typically, these highest quality bio-active honeys show outstanding Diastase Numbers and excellent other parameters given below as an example:

  • Diastase number                   47
  • Max moisture                        17%
  • Reducing sugar                     89%
  • Hydroxymethylfurfural         not detected
  • Acidity                                  1.2

Besides amazing taste and aroma, Altai honey has extraordinary healing properties known to local people since ancient times. Altai honey is a unique product, so now it is in demand not only in Russia, but the sales start to increase in Europe, USA and Canada. This is due to the amazing environmental features of the Altai region, where the honey is produced. Pure mountain air, almost untouched nature, vast meadows and ancient traditions in the honey production are the conditions which make Altai honey distinctive from many other types. Scientists attribute the fine qualities Altai honey to huge variety of nectar giving plants, especially those that grow in the foothills of the Altai. As a consequence, Altai honey is rich in digestible monosaccharides, complex of vitamins, active enzymes (e. g., diastase), antioxidants, as well as substances with antibacterial properties. Altai honey also has a whole set of trace elements. The uniqueness of natural chemical composition makes Altay honey an excellent mean to increase immunity, it does produce tonic effect needed for the body when cold time of the year to help fighting colds, bronchitis.

You may add Altai honey to warm milk or tea, which will provide a nice drink tonic effect, supply vitamin C and can not only reduce the severity of the disease, but also assist in the healing process. If bronchitis accompanied by a cough, the doctor may recommend plenty of warm drink which can be brewed with a special collection of herbs and added honey. Besides, Altay honey is a great sweet medicine for disease prevention. However people who are allergic to honey or other bee products, should consult with their doctor first.

Golden Mountains of Altai

Golden Mountains of Altai

Nectar sources: Flowers of Altai

Due to the dry climate, most flowers are small, colorful flowers on bushes. The blue aromatic flowers of the Caryopteris, or Blue Mist, is the most common. Other common flowers are the Edelweiss, a white star-shaped flower, and the Geranium, a mountain flower found in many different colors. There are 974 plant species, of which 60 are found no where else. These include 26 species of orchids and 35 ferns. A number of common nectar supplying flowers are listed below.

Flowers of Altai

Flowers of Altai

Some other nectar sources are as follows:

Altai honey supply and expectations

It is estimated that over 7000 tons of raw honey have been produced by Altai beekeepers. Only 4500 tons (64%) were reportedly sold mostly domestically in Russia while 2500 tons (36%) of the honey left unsold. Local sale prices were in the range of $2.60 – $3.00/Kg ($1.16 – $1.36) in 2013.

Altai honey supply in 2013

Altai honey supply in 2013

In the year of 2014 they expect even larger harvest due to warmer weather which caused local bees to start collecting honey a month earlier than normal. One can expect that the abundance of honey produced would drive prices even further down to make it more attractive source to be considered by the US importers.

Altai honey and the US import

According to February 2014 USDA report Honey Report_Feb 2014, prices paid to US importers (Ex-dock) were in the range of $1.80 (Argentina) – $1.32 (Vietnam).

Prices paid for honey import in the USA in 2014

Prices paid for honey import in the USA in 2014

Taking into account the above prices, Altai honey priced at $1.41 per pound of (i. e. $3100 per ton. NOTE: price is subject to change) looks pretty reasonable. Well, perhaps it wouldn’t take you too long at a taste-test party with your friends to come to realization that organoleptic properties of Altai honey make this product deserving higher price. Attention: SAMPLES are available in the USA. But despite its unmatched quality, Altai honey is still  a new product on the American market.

Elite Altai Honey in bulkFirst thing is first; we do closely work with a number of leading Altai honey producers in order to organize a steady supply of high quality honey which would continuously match HACCP and Codex Alimentarius quality requirements.