An 11-year-old Texas girl has just scored a sweet $11 million deal with Whole Foods to sell her brand of lemonade. Mikaila Ulmer’s BeeSweet Lemonade will be carried by 55 stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
When Whole Foods saw the promise in her lemonade, the supermarket agreed to sell the products in its regional stores. If Mikaila’s lemonade does well, it’ll eventually be sold nationwide.
The savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas, has developed her signature Me & The Bees lemonade stand into a thriving national business. Her recipe is a combination of tasty mint, flaxseed and honey lemonade, which she inherited from her great-grandmother, Helen. Mikaila gives a portion of her products to bee rescue foundations.
BeeSweet lemonade supports Heifer International, Texas Beekeepers Association and the Sustainable Food Center.
Mikaila came up with the idea for her lemonade after being stung by bees twice when she was four, according to NBCBLK. “It was painful. I was terrified of bees,” she said in an interview with NBC.
But then she began to study the bees after her mother D’Andra turned her bee sting experience into a research assignment. When Mikaila found out that bees could possibly become extinct in the years to come, she devised a plan to use her great-grandmother’s 1940 recipe, which uses honey, in order to raise money to help the bees.
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