Every good superhero has an origin story. At SodexoMagic, we have our founder Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s mercurial rise through basketball and business. Now, we’ve teamed up with a new, young superhero — Mikaila Ulmer, CEO and founder of Me & The Bees Lemonade.

In a newly announced partnership, we’re offering Ulmer’s all-natural, honey-sweetened lemonades in classic and innovative flavors at SodexoMagic accounts nationwide. As a certified minority-owned business with 100% female leadership, we’re especially excited to support this woman- and minority-owned family business. 

Ulmer’s journey began with two bee stings in one week in 2009, when she was just 4 years old. She was on her way to developing a phobia when her parents intervened with an intensive bee education program. Ulmer learned about the critical role bees play in our ecosystem and the serious threats they face. Her mission to “help save the bees” was born. 

Inspired by her newfound friends and her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed lemonade recipe, Ulmer opened a lemonade stand in her hometown of Austin, Texas. With mom D’Andra handling marketing and dad Theo overseeing operations, she started winning kids’ entrepreneurship contests and landed in Whole Foods. Next, she swam in the Shark Tank, where she drove a sweet bargain with Daymond John.  

She’s since landed more retail deals, made numerous major media appearances and been publicly praised by President Barack Obama. She even wrote a book, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid. 

Ulmer says she had two goals when she started making lemonade: Make a difference in the world and protect our pollinators.

She shares profits from her social good lemonade company with organizations that help honeybees, including her own Healthy Hive Foundation. She also educates other kids on the importance of bees and beekeeping.  

For SodexoMagic, Me & The Bees Lemonade hits the spot, brewed at the intersection of environmental responsibility, economic empowerment, social good and nourishment. With no high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives or additives, Ulmer’s lemonade is a wellness winner — another SodexoMagic pillar. In fact, its U.S. Grade A honey, real lemon juice and flaxseed (rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants) enhance good health. 

Let’s raise a glass to a sweet new partnership!



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