On the latest publicly released figures, at least 34 separate infestations of the dreaded bee parasite – varroa destructor – have now been confirmed in Australia.
And the campaign to stamp out the outbreak has become a desperate race against time.
In the few short weeks since June 22nd, when it was first detected in sentinel hives at the Port of Newcastle, varroa has become well-established and spread quite widely.
Wild Nectar is the latest new honey brand to hit the shelves of Australian supermarkets. this month. It features professionally designed packaging and is available in both organic and normal varieties.
Moreover the company behind it has big plans.
In fact, the company - Australian Rainforest Honey Pty Ltd (ARH) is already well-known in the Australian honey industry as a major producer and owner/operator of some six thousand bee hives, mainly on the south coast of NSW.
A New Zealand government backed attempt to get a legal monopoly on manuka honey has been quashed by the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Reversing an interim decision to grant a certification trademark, the IPO reportedly made the common-sense observation that manuka honey is a description of a type of honey.
And it specifically rejected the proposition that the UK general public understands manuka honey to be exclusively from New Zealand.
The clever marketers at Capilano have launched yet another new brand of cheap imported honey in Australia recently – The Honey Collective. Its sourced from New Zealand and appeared on the shelves of Coles supermarkets early this month. Doubtless the honey is a quality product, and will appeal to consumers looking for the cheapest honey they can find. Certainly at just $4.40 for a 375gms jar, the honey is very cheap. In per kilogram terms, the honeys retail price is just $11.70 per kg. That undercuts the price of comparable Australian honeys by as much as $10 per kilo....