Why Purina Bee Feed?

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You might be wondering, why is Purina making bee feed?

At Purina, we measure greatness by the animals we feed.  We feed everything from horses and rabbits, to goats and fish, show animals and zoo animals. It drives our research – because, if there’s greatness on the inside, there’s greatness on the outside.
Purina’s research farm in Gray Summit, MO houses around 80 bee colonies exclusively for nutrition work.
Purina is a part of the Land O Lakes family, a large farmer-owned cooperative. Land O Lakes’ businesses in agriculture, animal feed and dairy give us a farm-to-fork view of agriculture with an overarching purpose to “Feed Human Progress.”  

Helping honey bees thrive is a natural fit to our company’s strengths and purpose. We recognize that commercial beekeepers represent a significant market critical to feeding a growing world.  For these reasons, Purina invested in honey bee nutrition research to give beekeepers a better protein supplement to help their bees truly thrive.

What difference can Purina make in feeding bees?

We are experts at feeding animals, and have been doing so since 1916 through research-driven development. With 100 years of research expertise, Purina intricately understands the interplay between forage and feeding in an agricultural setting.  Designing a feed for commercial beekeepers advances that understanding.

Our research farm in Gray Summit, MO has housed around 80 bee colonies for the past two years, exclusively for nutrition work.  We also have a dedicated lab to evaluate the effectiveness of ingredients we may want to include in our feed. 

Our goal is to constantly improve on existing bee feed and come as close to pollen as we can possibly get. We want to support your operation, support your best management practices, and support your livelihood by working with you to design the products you need.

What next for Purina bee research?

Spend some time with us and click through our website.  Look at all the information and feed options our other animal groups have. Imagine if we could adapt the legacy of Purina to create a suite of products, or an entire feeding system for bees.  

Purina® Hearty Bee™ supplement is only the beginning.  With two patents pending, our unique formula includes high-quality protein, and vitamins and minerals balanced to match what you would find in a pollen sample.  Purina® Hearty Bee™ supplement includes a flavoring ingredient to optimize intake and is less attractive to hive beetles than the leading competitive supplement.