Re: Competing in the local market place???
Is it safe for me to assume that you have enough honey to keep a grocery store supplied w/ honey all year round, since you Posted this Thread in the Commercial Beekeeping/Pollination Forum? If not, it would take a pretty small locally owned store to even consider stocking your honey.
Originally Posted by keqwow
How much honey do you have? What size containers do you use? Do you have a nice label w/ all of the legally required parts? How about a bar code label? Have you figured out what your price list will be for all of your different sizes of containers?
There are plenty of beekeepers around Ithaca. You are going to face a lot of rejection. You may better serve yourself by considering a different way to sell your honey than to try to get it on grocery store shelves, especially if you have a short supply.
The short answer is, take your honey into your store of choice, ask to see the Produce Manager, ask the Produce Manager if she or he would like to sell locally produced honey in his/her Produce section.
I'm suggesting the Produce Section, even though Honey is not considered Produce, because iot's the first part of the store most people encounter. If you can get your honey in the Produce Section people will buy it on impulse. The same reason candy bars are right next to the Cash Register.
If you get directed to the Grocery Manager, and they take your honey, it will be at the far end of the store most likely, amongst other honeys and syrups, and people will have to look for it. Intentionally looking for honey and then having to decide whether they want your or someone elses.
Best wishes. Don't undercut anyone elses' price.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B