Bionade bees

Our head is buzzing. It’s no wonder as there is lots of news coming from our bee hives.

Bees can do many things that humans can’t. There is no doubt that we too have very hard-working employees with merits aplenty but, when it comes to certain achievements of Apis mellifera carnica, we humans don’t come close.

For this reason, Bionade has had its own bee colony since 2014. Actually we have two. They consist of around 79,998 workers and drones and of course their two queens. Incidentally, several new queens are born each year, of which only one comes out on top. The clever old queen then takes her closest allies and sets forth to establish a new colony and guarantee the preservation of the species. But back to our Bionade bees. Those who have been paying attention to the history of Bionade will of course know that we have a lot to thank bees for. Our bees take off and land right behind the “Herold-Magazin” beehive next to the Bionade office building IV. From here, our busy little helpers buzz and hum with 11,400 wing-beats per minute through their beautiful Rhön homeland. Here they pollinate everything under their noses – quinces, plums, raspberries and an abundance of orchard meadow trees. All of these are plants which form the basis for our Bionade. And because the by-product of this process is honey, this is what we spread on the bread of our Ostheim employees. Well, actually, they get it in a jar, because of course honey never goes off.

Bees can do one other thing that we humans could learn from. They direct their employees through the medium of dance. Perhaps we should give that a go sometime.

Bionade employee profile

Name: Apis mellifera carnica
Address: “Herold-Magazin” behind Bionade office building IV
Date of birth: Daily. We (currently 40,000 of us) have been working at Bionade since 02/04/2014.
Marital status: Single

What is your job at Bionade?

We have several areas of responsibility in which we all work together towards a common goal – the production of the first Bionade company honey. Along the way, we take care of the pollination of the appropriate vegetation in the meadows alongside the orchards and, in doing so, help to maintain the region’s biodiversity.

What brought you to Bionade? What did you do before?

We came to Bionade on the recommendation of the chairman of the Rhön-Grabfeld beekeepers’ association. During this first summer at Bionade we are being looked after by a small, permanent team. However we are convinced that, if we ‘survive’ our one-year trial period, we’ll get to know all interested employees and colleagues at Bionade next year.

What do you do in your spare time?

In our spare time, we are forced to grapple with the issue of fighting the Varroa destructor parasite and surviving in a world of monoculture.

Is there anything else you would like to tell your colleagues?

We recommend that you watch the film “More than Honey” to learn more about the challenges facing the honey bee in our globalised working environment.