The price rises are almost certain because the combined impact of drought, bushfires and climate change is threatening a big drop in this years honey harvest.
A number of beekeepers across two of Australia’s largest states - Queensland and New South Wales, have reported likely poor honey harvests this summer.
And Capilano, Australia’s dominant honey packer, with more than 70% of the market, has said price rises are imminent.
A new study by a group of UK bio-medical scientists shows that manuka honey will be likely to do a better job than antibiotics in treating the resistant bacterial strains that afflict sufferers of cystic fibrosis.
According to results from the study published at Frontiers of Microbiology earlier this year, manuka honey was effective in killing some 39% of the anti-biotic resistant bacteria.
A government backed review of tests to prove honey purity says that they sometimes don’t work with Australian honeys.
Just like Australian trees and plants, some Australian honeys have different chemical characteristics compared to those found in other parts of the world, and particularly in Europe.
Honey is a better bet for treating a child’s persistent night-time cough than over-the-counter medicine.Dr Ronald McCoy, from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), said that “honey is preferred to over-the-counter cough suppressants to relieve symptoms of night-time coughing in a child over 12 months old with a cold.”