Low-priced foreign honey is conquering Italy

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Published Mar 5, 2024

Tridge summary

The Italian honey market is experiencing growth, with the honey packaging industry seeing an 8% increase in turnover to 205 million euros in 2023. However, the market is facing challenges due to the influx of low-priced foreign honey, especially from non-EU countries like China. In 2023, Italy imported over 25 million kilos of foreign honey, exceeding its national production of 22 million kilos. Despite climate change impacts, Italy has no significant issues with raw material supply for honey. The EU is developing a directive to mandate honey jar labels to indicate the countries of origin to address the competition issue.
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The Italian honey market is growing, but the share of low-priced foreign products is crowding out national beekeepers. According to Coldiretti data, in 2023 over 25 million kilos of foreign honey arrived in our country, compared to a national production estimated at 22 million kilos, which last year was heavily affected by the effects of climate change. And while in Italy the production costs necessary to deal with bad weather and drought increase, honey from non-EU countries often enters our country at a rock-bottom price. The Chinese one, Coldiretti claims, is even just above the euro per kilogram. According to Unionfood, in Italy the turnover relating to the honey packaging industry is 205 million euros and has increased by 8% compared to 2023. This value includes both honey packaged for the final consumer, which represents the predominant part of the market, and that intended for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries that use it as an ingredient, whose share is ...
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