Meet the 11-Year-Old Who's a Lemonade Contract With Whole Foods

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:45 AM

Ulmer, of Austin, Texas, is founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade, which sells lemonade made with flaxseed and honey. On May two, BeeSweet Lemonade will rebrand as Me and the Bees Lemonade, the company says, as it expands its distribution and calls people of all ages and backgrounds "to create excellent of the stings life gives us." This year has already started with a bang as her business expands.

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who's a Lemonade Contract With Whole Foods

She'south just eleven years elderly but Mikaila Ulmer has beautiful much done it all: she'south met President Obama, snagged an investment on "Shark Tank" and she's a deal with Whole Foods.

Ulmer, of Austin, Texas, is founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade, which sells lemonade made with flaxseed and honey. On May two, BeeSweet Lemonade will rebrand as Me and the Bees Lemonade, the company says, as it expands its distribution and calls people of all ages and backgrounds "to create excellent of the stings life gives us."

This year has already started with a bang as her business expands. She just returned as a "celebrity chef" at the White House Easter Egg Roll, presenting her lemonade. And she recently announced a distribution deal with United Natural Foods.

The sixth-grader with a nine p. m. bedtime has sold lemonade at Whole Foods since two thousand fourteen, when Ulmer hosted events to educate shoppers about bees. Latest April, Whole Foods gave Ulmer a low-interest "local producer loan," that allowed her to widen beyond the lemonade'south original flavor. The quantity of the loan hasn't been disclosed, but Whole Foods said its loans range from $1.000 to $100.000. At the time, BeeSweet Lemonade was sold in thirty-second Whole Foods Markets. Presently it'south sold in sixty-second Whole Foods stores in Texas, Oklahoma, LA and Arkansas, and there are four flavors: mint, ginger, tea and prickly pear.

The buzz all started when Ulmer was four years old. That'south when her family encouraged her to create a product for the Acton Children'south Business Objective and Austin Lemonade Day. Around that time, her "Grand Granny Helen" sent the family a one thousand nine hundred forty'south cookbook, which included her recipe for flaxseed lemonade. Ulmer sweetened the recipe with honey while she learned about the role of honeybee pollination in the ecosystem.

Ulmer invests a piece of the profits from her company to Heifer International, Sustainable Food Middle of Austin and TX Beekeepers Organization to assistance rescue the bees. The lemonade is made in a commercial food processing facility in Austin and Saren Foods Distributors delivers the products to stores in the Southwest region, according to her website.

One of Ulmer'south first large breaks happened when she was nine years old. She and her father Theo appeared on ABC'south reality indicate "Shark Tank" during its sixth season. They slice a deal with Fubu CEO Daymond John, giving him twenty-five % of the company for $60.000. The deal was contingent that his partners could disseminate the lemonade in convenience stores. Latest year was full of other milestones, including meeting President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, being featured in Oprah'south magazine, teaching twenty free bee workshops to more than 1.000 students and getting straight A's, according to her YouTube channel.

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