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About us

Meet Katie Sanchez
Founder and Co-Owner of Bee Free Honee

Bee Free Honee® was created by Katie Sanchez in 1999.

Katie’s love of cooking started when she was young. Growing up in Mound, MN, her family had an apple orchard in their front yard and her father was a bee keeper. For her tenth birthday gift, she asked to be able to cook dinner for her family...by herself. Cooking and baking has been her passion ever since.

Katie's Dad (Left).  Circa 1969        

One day in 1999, while trying to make a less sweet version of apple jelly and being a novice with jelly, Katie accidentally created something that was definitely not jelly. Not wanting to be wasteful, she ‘canned’ it only to discover in the morning, that what she had was honee!

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Meet Melissa Elms
Co-Owner of Bee Free Honee  

I love food...and wine and pretty much everything having to do with the food and beverage world. 

I discovered Bee Free Honee in 2013 when Katie and I were across the aisle from one another at a large industry food show.  I fell in LOVE with the product the moment I tasted it. 

Katie and I became business partners shortly after that serendipitous event, and within a few months we were launching nationally in large retail chains like, Wegman's, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets and hundreds of independents like Nooch, Wheatsville Co-Op, Reverie Bakery and Rabbit Foods, as well as some of our online e-tailers like Vitacost.com, Vegessentials.com and Amazon.com. 

I have been building brands in the natural & specialty foods industry for almost two decades. My passion is food, family and fun...BEE FREE HONEE is all of that in one "SWEET" package!

Try our Honee and you will see AND taste what we are all about!

  ...with Love  Melissa Elms