According to the report, produced by USDA’s economic research service, the US is the second largest honey consumer behind China, with consumption reaching 618mlbs in 2021, an 8% increase vs 2020, translating to about 1.9lbs per capita in 2021 vs 1.2lbs in the early 1990s.
Domestic honey production, meanwhile, fell 14% in 2021 (vs 2020) to 126mlbs, with average production per hive falling from 55lbs to 47lbs, said USDA, noting that “widespread drought in key honeybee foraging grounds reduced floral resources available to make honey."
Many commercial beekeepers have also shifted their focus “towards providing pollination services for revenue, particularly for almonds,” which contributed to the trend of lower output per hive, said USDA.
As a result, the US has been stepping up imports, with the vast majority of inbound honey coming from India, Vietnam, Argentina, and Brazil.
Read the full report HERE.