Honey Saves Hives Partners Pack Pollinator Power

When buying honey-sweetened products from our Honey Saves Hives partners throughout the year, you’re supporting beekeepers’ ability to keep healthy bees. You’re helping maintain a balance between pollinators and our planet’s ecosystem. And, without this contribution, many of the most popular food and beverage products would not be available. One-third of the foods we eat and more than 90 different crops — including fruits, nuts, vegetables and crop seeds — would not be available without honey bee pollination.

Honey Bee Power

  • They are responsible for every third bite of food we eat
  • They are prolific foragers and visit thousands of flowers daily
  • Their pollination efforts are second to none and account for about 80% of all pollination
  • Their efficiency makes them indispensable to agriculture as we know it in the United States and around the world

The Science of Pollination

Honey bees follow a strict plant-based diet. They get their food from the nectar and pollen found in flowering plants and trees. The nectar of a flower provides their carbohydrates, and the pollen provides their protein source. The process of foraging for these food sources triggers pollination.

The farmer benefits from honey bee pollination with a bountiful harvest, and the beekeeper is rewarded with a healthy, well-fed hive and excess honey that goes to restaurants, food manufacturers and grocery store shelves.

On the Menu and in the Grocery Store

If you want to see the impact of pollination on our food supply for yourself, pick out your favorite recipe or product in your pantry. Look at the ingredients and count how many are produced through honey bee pollination. Here’s just a partial list of ingredients and foods that honey bees pollinate:

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Citrus
  • Cranberries
  • Mango
  • Passion fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Watermelon
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Rutabagas
Nuts and Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia

Honey Saves Hives Products Possible Through Pollination

Here are a few examples of products from our Honey Saves Hives partners that would not be on store shelves today without the dynamic honey bee.

Justin's honey almond and peanut butter
Honey Almond Butter

Yes, almonds are one of the crops that would not exist without honey bees. Other ingredients in Justin’s delicious nut butter that wouldn’t exist? Palm oil and of course honey.

Fizzy Tea

Gone are pears, oranges, strawberries, peaches and lemons, all fruits that are the cornerstones of TEAKOE’s Fizzy Tea line.

Sprecher Root Beer
Fire-Brewed Sodas
Sprecher Brewery

One of Sprecher’s distinctions in its sodas is the honey used in the brewery’s signature fire-brewed method. Without it, Root Beer, Cherry Cola, Cream Soda and Orange Dream wouldn’t be available.

Mary's Gone Crackers - Super Seed
Super Seed Crackers
Mary’s Gone Crackers

In addition to honey-sweetened Mary’s Gone Kookies, the company’s Super Seed line would be wiped out without honey bees. Vegetable seeds, cut flower seeds and garlic all rely on pollinators to exist.

Madagascar Vanilla, Almond & Honey
This Saves Lives

Made with honey, vanilla, almonds and flax seeds: Four ingredients may sound simple, but without honey bees none of them would be possible. This Saves Lives also gives back with each bar — a portion of every purchase is funneled to partners working to end world hunger.


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