Local beekeepers are struggling on several fronts, as the 'manuka' honey brand name legal fights drag on.
Award winning producer Nicola Charles of Blue Hills Honey said she was concerned about how the dispute was affecting the public, the cost to the industry, and market unfairness.
She said the brand war had also generated a lot of bitterness.
"It's been very bad for the manuka brand.
"The only winners are the lawyers. This money could be better spent to promote the market and research the product."
The Australian government should step in and do sometheing there.Blue Hills Honey owner Nicola Charles
The legal battle started with a New Zealand group applying for sole use of the word 'manuka' in overseas markets.
Some countries have upheld the New Zealanders' claim and others have rejected it, meaning both Australian and New Zealand beekeepers have had to fund appeals.
On top of the brand scrap, which beekeepers have had to fund themselves, they are also angry the honey market is not a level playing field across the ditch.
Tasmanian Beekeepers Association president Lyndsay Bourke said he was concerned about the amount of New Zealand honey branded 'manuka' coming into Australia.
"There's only three of us who produce manuka honey in Tasmania, and we produce over 100 tonnes a year.
"Australia tests every bit of honey that comes in, except from New Zealand because they have a special arrangement and we don't test any of it, and that is wrong."
Mrs Charles agreed, saying she was concerned about the quality of manuka honey appearing on Australian shop shelves.
"There should be some testing on products. The federal government should step in and do something there."