Celebrate National Pollinator Week with our Honey Saves Hives Partners

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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

Honey bees are truly incredible creatures. Did you know that each honey bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? But the power of the honey bees is so much more than the liquid gold of their namesake. In fact:

  • 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 insect 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, while the pollen provides their protein source. The process of foraging for these food sources triggers pollination.

When honey bees are pollinating, everyone wins. The bees grow stronger from access to a varied and diverse diet, the farmer benefits with a bountiful harvest, the beekeeper is rewarded with a healthy, well-fed hive and excess honey that consumers get to enjoy at restaurants, within packaged goods, and on 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:

Passion fruit

Nuts and Seeds

Brussels sprouts


Honey Saves Hives Products Made 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 indispensable honey bee.

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

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.

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.

Whether you’re celebrating National Pollinator Week by planting a pollinator garden, buying made-with-honey products, cooking up your favorite honey recipe, or hosting a honey varietal tasting at home, bee sure to thank a honey bee.