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A honey price increase on Monday was one of the biggest since December when the price of the sweetener rose to $10.16 per ounce.
It was the biggest price increase since June 2017 when the benchmark price rose to a record $12.20 per ounce after the US government raised its sugar tax.
The price of a kilogram of honey has fallen by more than a third since October, with many countries including Australia and New Zealand facing shortages, including in China.
The honey market is dominated by Australia, which imported 2.5 million tonnes last year, followed by New Zealand, the United States and Europe.
In Australia, prices have risen by almost $100 per tonne, while in New Zealand the price has fallen almost $20 per tonnes, the Food Safety and Standards Authority said.
The US sugar tax was brought in last year to combat the steep drop in prices.
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources said a price increase in June was due to a decrease in supply.
It said the honey price was forecast to decline by $50 to $80 per kilogram.
The sugar tax increased the cost of honey to $0.60 per kilo by 20 per cent, while a 10 per cent hike in import duties on the sweeteners could raise it by $40 to $60 per tonme, the department said.