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  1. #1
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    Dec 2004
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    Western Pennsylvania
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    Default Consumer Demand / Queen Sales / Trends

    Hello Breeders,

    I am seeking information related to what the
    the current consumer demand is, percentage wise
    for sales of each strain of bee you sell.
    And what trends you might be noticing.

    Opinions are fine, what are you noticing
    as far as demand is concerned?

    Best Wishes,
    Joe Waggle
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/H...eybeeArticles/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    columbus,ohio,USA
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    Default Re: Consumer Demand / Queen Sales / Trends

    I know someone from the bee club who started raising queens as a buisness their first year raising queens.scary. At any rate they put a simple add in bee magizine and their phone is ringing non-stop. I call that a pretty big demand.
    Chris Cree
    Cree's Bees

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Brandon, MS USA
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    Default Re: Consumer Demand / Queen Sales / Trends

    The US currently purchases around 740,000 queens each season... that is down from the 90's when they were purchasing around 1.2 million... the economy, failing government "silver bullets", growing rate of hobbiests, aging producers leaving the industry to retire, rapid losses to new pests putting operations out of business, and a lack of commercial operations that produce consistent queens have led to the decline. However, a large influx in purchases over the past two years has been noted due to honey production reaching record lows as e-queens from walk-away splits are being superseded more often and swarming repeatedly due to lack of diversity in stocks coupled with genetic influence from government program bees that are acclimated to climates not found in the US.

    Northern and mid-western apiaries are tending more towards the darker strains, while southern and western apiaries are still more prone to purchase Italians.

    Hope this helps.

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