Young entrepreneur taking honey business by storm

SEATTLE -- A teenage entrepreneur's love for bees is paying off, and his popular brand of honey might soon be available at a grocery store near you.

Fifteen-year-old Henry Miller just finished his freshman year of high school. He's also the CEO of a honey company called Henry's Humdingers, which will soon be available at PCC and Haggen Grocery stores.

"When I was a kid I saw myself doing something big," Miller said.

Miller is well on his way, and his company has already made a name for itself by selling unique honey blends, such as the spicy Grumpy Grandpa blend.

Henry's Stingers began four years ago, when Miller learned about colony collapse disorder wiping out the bee population.

"Without bees we would have seven years to live, and that freaked me out," he said. "I thought, we have to save the bees."

Miller got a hive, and before he knew it the bees were producing a lot of honey. The family began adding spices to the honey and selling it at local trade shows.

"The first show we went to we were named top five products out of, like, 30,000. And that really told us we can take this to the next level," Miller said.

Miller's mom, Denise, soon quit her job to become the company's full time worker bee.

"I pay her in love," Miller said. "And she gets to be employee of the month all the time."

A larger payday is just over the horizon. In the past six weeks, the company has shipped 15,000 jars of honey, and Miller recently landed two local grocery store chains.

"It's growing by leaps and bounds and I think now that we're in PCC and Haggen we're finally going to be a bigger thing here. We're already throughout the Midwest and entire East Coast," Denise said.

Even though the company hasn't officially turned a profit yet, Miller insists on donating a portion of every sale to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees. And that's not the only big decision he's made, either. Denise realized the company could save money by buying jars and labels from China, but Miller said he didn't want to outsource and decided to buy all his supplies in the United States.
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