Guatemala: Honey Exports Up 42%

So far in 2015 $9.1 million worth has been exported, a 42% increase in higher than total exports in 2014, when the sales amounted $6.4 million.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Of the total produced, 85% was sold abroad, with only the remaining 15% being consumed locally. So far this year, exports have increased in value and volume, going from 1,964 tons in 2014 to 2330 tons this year, according to the Beekeeping Committee at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT).

Prensalibre.com reports that "... Germany is the main buyer, accounting for about 60% of imports. Esmeralda Martinez, representative of the Board of Agexport to the beekeeping committee, said that Guatemala has a good position in the international market because of its quality and gourmet flavor. "

"... Honey is produced in San Marcos, Retalhuleu, Suchitepequez, Quetzaltenango, Solola, Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Huehuetenango and Petén. According to Ismael Herrera, coordinator of the committee, production is being boosted in Quiché and Alta Verapaz because in areas of the south coast there is a saturation of beehives and production has fallen. "

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