"Recently, managers realized one of them needed cleaning out. A crust of sugar had built up on the inside. Brown & Haley knew the process would create a lot of waste water, nothing more than food-grade sugar and water.
When a Brown & Haley manager contacted the city to discuss disposing of the sugary water, an employee at the wastewater plant, who is also an amateur beekeeper, had another idea, said city spokeswoman Christina Lorella.
'He said, wait a minute, this could be beneficial to the bees, instead of throwing it down the waste stream,' Lorella said Tuesday.
Fast forward a few weeks and — with the approval of the Pierce County Beekeepers Association — the city’s first candy factory bee feed is underway."