My topic will be marketing and the consumption of honey.
There are a few regulations when selling honey:
The new Honey Regulations state:-
‘Labelling and description of specified honey products
4 (1) Without prejudice to the generality of Part II of the 1996 [Food Labelling] Regulations, no person shall sell any specified honey product unless it is marked or labelled with the following particulars –
(a) a reserved description of the product;
(b) in the case of baker’s honey the words “intended for cooking only” which words shall appear on the label in close proximity to the product name;
(c) the country or countries of origin where the honey has been harvested save that if the honey originates in more than one Member State or third country the country of origin may be replaced with one of the following as appropriate –
(i) “blend of EC honeys”,
(ii) “blend of non-EC honeys”,
(iii) “blend of EC and non-EC honeys”; (continued below) http://www.britishbee.org.uk/articles/honey_labels.php
(continued from above)
4 (2) No person shall sell any filtered honey or baker’s honey which is marked or labelled with information relating to floral or vegetable origin, regional, territorial or topographical origin or specific quality criteria.
4 (3) Where pursuant to note 2 of Schedule 1, the reserved description “honey” has been used in the product name of a compound foodstuff containing baker’s honey, no person shall sell such a compound foodstuff unless the list of ingredients includes the term “baker’s honey”’.
Note 2 of Schedule 1 allows honey to be used in the name of a food in which baker’s honey is an ingredient.
5 (1) No person shall sell any filtered honey or baker’s honey in bulk containers or packs unless such bulk containers and packs are labelled with their respective reserved description of the product and any trade documents clearly indicate the reserved description of the product.
* Honey was the world's primary sweetener prior to the use of refined sugar. The popularity of honey is largely due to it being a natural sweetener.
* Honey can be used as a food spread, in home baking and in beverages. Commercial uses of honey include being a sweetener in cereals, cake mixes, processed foods, jams, jellies and increasingly as an ingredient in health and beauty products.
* Commercial honey production is a year-round operation with the most intense activity being from March to October.
According to USDA reports, 2.3 million honey-producing colonies in 2008 (down 6% from 2007) generated 161 million pounds of raw honey (up 8% from 2007). The states producing the most honey in 2008 were (in order) North Dakota, South Dakota and California. The average price for domestically produced honey was a record high $1.41 per pound, up 31 percent from 2007. Honey prices for 2008 were up for all color classes and in all markets. (NASS 2009)
Individual consumers, who purchase small amounts of honey for personal use, contribute significantly to overall consumption in the United States. On average, each person consumes 1.0 pounds of honey per year
Raw honey production has consistently declined over the past decade, and prices have risen until large quantities of cheap, imported honey put pressure on domestic prices starting in 2000. Honey production peaked in 1987 with 227 million pounds. Since 2001, annual production has ranged from 150 to 185 million pounds of honey.
The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes funding for research on CCD and other issues. It also stipulates that the honey's country of origin be indicated, enabling consumers to distinguish U.S. honey from imported honey. Other provisions in the Farm Bill support honey producers through the bill's crop insurance and permanent disaster assistance programs. For example, beekeepers who suffered honey production losses during the crop year may participate in the new Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program. (Congressional Research Service 2010)
Most states as far as Im aware require bee coming from out of state to be inspected for disease before entry. In state depends on your state. Mine, no requirements.
Check with your state agriculture department.
My town's attorney (I asked him the same question at church a few months ago) said "no", as long as I don't advertise myself as a business. Laws differ from state to state, though, and I hear that the Feds are looking at some type of regulation (a polite word for unnecessary interference with the contents of my wallet) ......
In Michigan you don’t need a food license if you sell honey from your home. The only requirement is you have to label the bottles with a name and contact information like a phone number or location and the weigh. And you cannot buy someone else’s honey and put your label on the bottle.
Great job gathering information and posting links. Now the challenge is to sort through it all and develop a thesis - what aspects will you focus on and why. As you move ahead, check in if you need clarification or help. Mr. B
I will start posting to google Docs.
Thanks for the updates and help. Let's see how posting and saving to a google doc works. You'll be the system tester. If a problem arises, let me know so we can fix it. Mr. B