It got a little more expensive to make mead this year as honey prices rose about 5.5%. All the prices I track were higher in the first half of 2010, with Dutch Gold Clover posting the smallest increase (2.8%) and Costco Clover surging the most (9.3%). Maple syrup and sugar are both down a little (though I only have one source for them right now), and malt extract has been flat.
In the table below, I show the honey prices I track and how they changed from the beginning to the middle of the year.
|Source and Type||January ($/lb)||July ($/lb)||% Change|
|Miller’s Honey Clover||1.73||1.87||+8.1%|
|Miller’s Honey Wildflower||1.43||1.50||+4.9%|
|Miller’s Honey Organic||1.83||1.90||+3.8%|
|Dutch Gold Clover||1.80||1.85||+2.8%|
|Dutch Gold Wildflower||1.71||1.81||+5.8%|
|Dutch Gold Organic||1.80||1.87||+3.9%|
Where can you get the best deal on honey?
The packers offer slightly better prices on clover honey than Costco, but to get those prices you have to buy in 60 lb buckets and pay shipping. Costco lets you buy in smaller 6 lb jugs and avoid shipping charges by visiting their retail locations. The best price around is still Miller’s wildflower – a high quality honey at a great price. It’s also available as a pair of 3 lb jugs from Amazon, but at $3.42/lb this is a much more expensive option. It’s eligible for free shipping though, so if you don’t have access to an affordable local source like Costco, you don’t want to buy in 60 lb lots, and/or shipping for those heavy buckets would eat up any savings, then it might make sense for you.
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