AUSTIN, Texas — “Kidpreneur” Mikaila Ulmer, CEO and founder of Me & the Bees Lemonade, is happy to announce that Gelson’s Supermarkets is now selling Me & the Bees Lemonade in all locations. Gelson’s has 27 stores in Southern California, located from San Diego to Rancho Mirage to Santa Barbara.
“We met Gelson’s at my booth during the Natural Products Expo West Show in Anaheim, California and they agreed to carry all four flavors of my lemonade,” said Mikaila. “I am very excited.”
Me and the Bees utilizes the sales, marketing and consulting services of Ramsey, NJ based Cascadia Managing Brands.
About Me & the Bees
While preparing for a children’s business competition at the age of 4, Mikaila found her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed lemonade recipe in a 1940s family cookbook. She also was stung by a bee twice in the same week, which Mikaila admits was a very uncomfortable experience. Encouraged by her parents to overcome her fear of bees, Mikaila began to study bees and their role in the ecosystem. She learned that bees pollinate about a third of the food that humans consume and that the bee population is declining alarmingly.
“I became fascinated with bees,” Mikaila explained. “I realized that I could use local honey from bees to sweeten my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed lemonade recipe, and that is how Me & the Bees was born. Now, I want to see Me & theBees distributed worldwide. My goal is to offer a wide range of lemonade products and to one day expand beyond lemonade. With a larger audience and the launch of a non-profit organization, my team and I can make a greater impact on saving the bees.”
Besides being an accomplished entrepreneur, Mikaila is a full-time, straight A student and resides with her family in Austin, Texas.
Landing a deal with Daymond John on the show Shark Tank was just the beginning of Me & the Bees’ many business successes. Mikaila’s story has caught the attention of Good Morning America, NBC News, The Real, Forbes and TIME among others, along with the National Retail Federation Foundation (NRF) who named Mikaila one of the Top 25 People Shaping Retail’s Future last year. Mikaila’s movement has also inspired 10 NFL players including Arian Foster (Former Running Back for the Houston Texans) and Glover Quin (Safety for the Detroit Lions), to sign up as investors, increasing production capacity, which has enabled the company to have a greater impact on saving the bees.
Me & the Bees Lemonade is abuzz with activity: the company has increased distribution by over 104% from 2016 year to 2017 year; Cascadia Managing Brands is actively engaged as a national broker charged with expanding sales and distribution throughout the United States.