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From Rags to Riches: Burt's Bees We Hardly Know Ye!

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Do we have any Burt's Bees fans here? Surely you know the story of the quaint little company which started operations in Maine in the 1980s when co-founder Roxanne Quimby started making candles from Burt Shavitz's leftover beeswax? When Quimby first meet Burt he was living in a 400 square foot converted turkey coop. To say that Burt's has come a long way since it started, is quite the understatement.

Quimby bought out Burt for a relative pittance in 1993. Soon thereafter Burt's Bees began going automated. By 1998 sales were $8 Million per year, but that was nothing compared to the giant it would become. In 1999 the company relocated to Durham amongst many other high-tech companies and enterprises in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. In 2004, Quimby sold 80% of Burt's Bees to the private equity firm AEA Investments for $173,000,000. AEA was founded in 1968 to make investments on behalf of S.G. Warburg & Co. as well as the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Harriman families - not exactly names one usually associates with being "earth friendly".

In late 2007, the Clorox Company acquired Burt's Bees for the reported sum of $925,000,000 USD and in 2011 Nick Vlahos, a 15-year veteran of The Clorox Company was named Vice President and General Manager of Burt's Bees. So, it looks like Quimby and the Warburgs, Rockefellers, et al, made quite the bundles from Burt's Bees.

Meanwhile, Burt Shavitz has returned to his turkey coop in rural Maine.

See also:

Dangerous Levels of Pesticides Found in 91% of Celestial Seasonings 'All Natural' Teas

Sources Included:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt's_Bees
http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/burt-shavitz-burts-bees-turkey-coop-0913

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs- Featuring Luella May forum.

You can also find articles by Tony Isaacs at:

Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/author396.html

AlignLife - http://alignlife.com/author/tisaacs/

  

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