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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Honey price

    Here again I have old information. I had no idea they were other than a U.S. co-op

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    Default Re: Honey price

    Here in North East Missouri, I sell quarts for $12.00 pints for $6.50 and 1lb plastic jars for $5.00. If I have any left over, I store it or feed it back to the bees.

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    Default Re: Honey price

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G
    Here again I have old information. I had no idea they were other than a U.S. co-op
    The Co-Op itself is comprised of only US members, to the best of my knowledge, however they do purchase a HUGE amount of honey from outside the US to fill certain markets.

    They have long been established as "The World's Largest Honey Marketing Organization."


    Quote Originally Posted by VanceG
    Sue bee is reputable, a co-op. I think their main problem is one of having to blend to much dark honey into the mix to utilize their members production.
    Blending member honey is not the issue, Sue Bee has well established markets for bakery grade honey. If I'm not mistaken, Honey Nut Cheerios is one of the largest amongst them. Been awhile since I read all the reports, so don't hold me to that.

    Walmart says, what Walmart will pay... Walmart says what Walmart will accept... What Walmart wants to pay doesn't buy premium bottle grade honey from any packer, except maybe in China, and they can't import that. Their accepter fellas ain't necessarily real bright either, when it comes to buying honey. They do however cave into lessons learned the hard way, and the Sue Bee brand is supposed to return to their shelves this year. Guess their US, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Wherever road tar honey didn't sell real well, except to beekeepers that took it home to laugh at it.

  4. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoefly View Post
    I tried selling locally on Craigslist but did not get any takers at $10 per 3 pound jar or $150 per 5gal bucket=60pounds. Probably have to go lower in the price, which I hate to do.
    shoefly- Rather than lowering the price, try raising it. I have not yet had the chance to try it with honey but marketing is marketing is marketing. I have sold a number of things over the years, including online. If something does not sell in short order, I have discovered that by raising the price, the odds of selling soon actually increase dramatically. Try $13 for a few weeks, then $15. Better yet, post multiple ads with different wording/contact information - one at $13 and another at $15. See what happens. -James

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    How do we know what the price to start will bee for this year ? I would like to bring some to the farmers market to get my name out.

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    Default Re: Honey price

    the price is never the same from one city to the next and what is posted in the bee mags is not often a good indicator of what one can actually get at your local market just price it a little higher than you think you should and if its not moving then lower it till it does...
    Honeydew

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    Default Re: Honey price

    Figure out your own price. Then, when you get to the market, if there are other Honey Sellers, set your price a little higher than theirs and don't lower it to try to increase sales. You may not sell the volumes that others do, or sell out as quickly, but you will make more per pound and you will stay in the consumers eye longer.

    Remember, you are not selling honey to get rid of it. I hear this at bkprs mtngs every now and then. "I couldn't get rid of my honey, so I lowered the price." Why? It's not like melons or strawberries, which will rot if not sold. You are building a customer base for YOUR honey. It takes time and persistence and lots of honey.

    How much do you think you should sell it for?
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



  8. #48
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    Default Re: Honey price

    NC Beekeepers association is buying honey at $3.50/lb limit 2 pails from established members for this years (2012) State Fair. So I'd guess that makes a good bench mark for local honey in our area.

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    Default Re: Honey price

    That may be a good bench mark for wholesale but not retail at the farmers market. And I agree with sqkcrk sell it next year or the year after unless your hurting for money

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    I don't even consider it a good benchmark for wholesale.
    Quote Originally Posted by rtoney View Post
    That may be a good bench mark for wholesale but not retail at the farmers market. And I agree with sqkcrk sell it next year or the year after unless your hurting for money

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