11 yr old Mikaila Ulmer has signed a deal with Whole Foods to sell her home-style lemonade “Me & The Bees”made from her grandmother’s 1940 recipe. The beverage is slated to be sold in more than 55 Whole Foods stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Ulmer had initially appeared on the hit business show Shark Tank where she won $60,000 for her lemonade company, BeeSweet. One of the most intriguing parts of her company is that it’s actually saving honeybees, instead of using sugar for the lemonade she uses honey from the bees.
In an interview with NBCBLK Mikaila admitted that’s did not always like bees, when she was four she got stung by two, in the same week, “I didn’t enjoy the bee sting at all. They scared me”, she said, “But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned what they can do for me and our ecosystems. So then I thought, what if i make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?” That was the inception of BeeSweet Lemonade, Ulmer’s company is not only providing a delicious beverage for consumers to buy it also save the dwindling bumble bee population.
According to reports from Yale University, global warming and climate change have caused a quick and continuous decrease in the world’s bee population. Pesticide use has also been a cause for the decreasing population of bees. The Atlanta Black Star reports Ulmer has gone as far as to donate small portions of her company’s profit to help bring back the bees and stop the immediate drop off of the bee population. The actual amount of her deal with Whole Food is unknown, but if the sales are high Mikaila’s lemonade will hit Whole Food Stores nationwide.
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(Via Atlanta BlackStar)