BeeSweet: 11 Year Old Entrepreneur Lands Multi-Million Dollar Contract with Whole Foods

BeeSweet: 11 Year Old Entrepreneur Lands Multi-Million Dollar Contract with Whole Foods

Mikaila Ulmer got stung by a bee but thankfully didn’t let that keep her from learning all she could about our helpful friends, honey bees. You can taste her Bee Sweet Lemonade at certain Whole Foods locations – which is an updated recipe from one of her grandmothers old cookbooks. Because her ingredients love the environment and us, she beat out companies like Kraft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble and earned herself a mulit-million dollar contract with Whole Foods!

When I was just four, my family encouraged me to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. So I put on my thinking cap. I thought about some ideas. While I was thinking, two big events happened.

I got stung by a bee. Twice.

Then my Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent my family a 1940’s cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade. So, I decided to try and make this lemonade recipe. Firstly, I just made it at home for my family. It turned out pretty well and we had an ice maker at home that made the lemonade nice and cold. Unfortunately, this ice maker hasn’t worked for a while now, but we’ve never got it fixed. My dad did mention that those at could fix the ice maker, so we should really get in contact with them. Then, I’ll be able to make some nice, cold lemonade.

I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?

That’s how BeeSweet Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that’s why we sweeten it with local honey. And today my little idea continues to grow.

It was a sweet success from the start. Year-after-year, Mikaila, sells-out of her BeeSweet Lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events while donating a percentage of the profits from the sale of her lemonade to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.

Now at age 11, when not at her lemonade stand telling all the digestive benefits of flaxseed, you can find Mikaila leading workshops on how to save the honeybees, and participating in social entrepreneurship panels. Mikaila launched her own Facebook page, where visitors can ‘Like’ interesting facts about bees, honey and BeeSweet Lemonade.

In 2016, the award-winning BeeSweet Lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, and available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.

Mikaila Ulmer: A social entrepreneur, bee ambassador, educator and student.

Visit: BeeSweet



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