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Sanguinetti said the person in charge of their hives was previously in charge of the University of Georgia’s research bee colonies. He comes by to check the corporate hives every six days from spring through fall and once a month during the winter. She said it takes a year before companies get honey.
Chick-fil-A has hives at its support center in southern Fulton County. A spokeswoman for the fast food chain said Friday they have no plans to use the honey it in their restaurants and are still determining what it will do with the honey.
Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has its hives near Perimeter Mall, and Delta has boxes at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
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The hives not only provide honey, which is usually given to employees, but they are used as teaching tools for company leaders.
“The honey is a sweet treat … but where it is very much a specialty and something we’re very proud of is the programming we offer,” Sanguinetti said.
Their program revolves around biomimicry, a field of research that studies what humans can learn from natural systems and animals, and how it can be used in business. For example, she said: “A beekeeper will step in and help if the hive needs help, but a beekeeper the majority of the time steps back and lets them do what they do best.”
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Sanguinetti declined to give a price or even a range of what this costs companies, saying it “drastically ranges” between businesses programs of different sizes.
Employees usually seek the classes, she said, adding that Delta opened 10 slots for a beekeeping leadership course and got 500 submissions.
She said it’s surprising how many leaders have bees in their lives, like Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-A who is a beekeeper himself.
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