Alberta beekeepers: Show me the honey
Beekeepers in the province cash in on "sweet" industry
by Alberta Venture Staff
Alberta produces more than 40 per cent of Canada’s honey. It’s a sweet industry for Alberta’s beekeepers, but competition can turn fierce and even nasty.
In July 2012, a Sexsmith beekeeper had 150 hives stolen – an estimated loss of $60,000; he suspected a fellow beekeeper as the thief.
One reason could be that there’s big money in Alberta’s honey industry. Its value was $65 million in 2012, and honey production and price has been climbing over recent years. Honey isn’t the only product, either. The industry also generates beeswax (used for candles and lip balm), pollen (used in diet supplements) and royal jelly (used in lotions).
This all spells a profitable profession for the province’s beekeepers, who let the bees do what they do best.
Not only is Alberta the country’s largest producer of honey, it’s also the most productive honey province.
Alberta’s commercial beekeepers produce an average of 144 pounds of honey per hive each year – twice the world average.
Alberta’s long daylight hours in the summer and the large supply of clover, alfalfa and canola is responsible. Unsurprisingly, Alberta’s pure white honey is world-renowned for its quality.
of honey (lbs.)
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