Partnership with Bee Downtown
There's new buzz at the bakery! We partnered with Bee Downtown to support sustainable urban agriculture and cultivate an appreciation for the importance of pollinators at our bakery in St. Petersburg, FL. Together, we are protecting bees, building habitat, and strengthening our workplace and local community.
Did you know that of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world’s food supply, bees pollinate 71 of them? Pollenity estimates that in the U.S. alone, bees pollinate $16 billion worth of crops, so it’s safe to say that without the bees, the human race would quickly go hungry.
Through our partnership, Lantmännen Unibake USA is able to support the ecosystem, provide employee engagement, and strengthen our community, all while helping beautify the city of St. Petersburg, FL. Bee Downtown installed three hand-painted and company branded hives on-site at our bakery to extend our sustainable initiatives to educate employees and the community on the environmental and economic impact of pollinators. Now, we have the ability to create unique experiences that allow employees and the community to learn and engage with bees, agriculture, each other and their workplace.
Honey bees — wild and domestic — perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide. 70 out of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees.
Bee Downtown installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses across the southeast while simultaneously providing year-round employee engagement and leadership development programming to many of America’s leading corporations. Bee Downtown now operates over 500 hives with more than 100 of America’s Leading Corporations through their Corporate Hive Program in Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, DC, Tampa, Orlando, and more coming soon.
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The Bee Downtown Corporate Hive Program creates experiences that allow employees to uniquely engage with bees, agriculture, each other, and their workplace. With more than 8 years in the “bees-ness”, their bees, programs, experiences, and standards of excellence bring a one-of-a-kind experience to our corporate culture by sparking conversations, inspiring curiosity, and creating a connection with nature right in the heart of St. Petersburg, FL. In addition, The BDT Leadership Institute’s training facility in Research Triangle Park, NC provides a tranquil retreat for teams to learn from one of Mother Nature’s best and oldest teachers: the honeybee.
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95% of all participants in Bee Downtown programming say they are prouder to work for their companies because of its involvement with creating healthy honeybee populations.
Honey bee populations have been declining, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. And that’s a big deal since honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem and they allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. Bees are responsible for 1 out 3 items on your dinner plate. By partnering with Bee Downtown, we are able to contribute to a sustainable food system, cultivate an appreciation for pollinators, and educate our employees and community through the corporate hive program.
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Beehives at the Bakery
Bees lie at the heart of our survival, and they are essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems. However, the bee population is in jeopardy. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than half of North America’s 4,000 native bee species are in decline, with 1 in 4 species at risk of extinction. Given that bees play a major role in sustainable agriculture, Unibake USA has made it our mission to do our part in protecting the bees by providing protected habitats, spreading awareness throughout our community, and supporting them with an engaged global network. We strive towards Baking for a Better World and this includes creating a better world for our bees to thrive in.
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