McDonald’s opens the world’s smallest restaurant for bees
If you’re looking for a McDonald’s restaurant in Sweden, you just gained another option. A first-of-its-kind McDonald’s location was recently built in the country, and it caters to a very specific crowd. Oh, and you probably won’t be able to fit through the front door, unless you happen to be a bee of course.
The world’s smallest McDonald’s has opened its doors in Sweden and it has everyone buzzing — literally.
Called the McHive, the tiny McDonald’s is not serving burgers and fries to fast-food fans, it’s actually a fully functioning beehive for thousands of bees.
The “world’s smallest McDonald’s” was created to pay further tribute to the cause — and even though it might be “smallest” in name, this fully-functioning beehive reportedly has enough room to host thousands of bee guests.
Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.
The McHive features two drive-thru windows, a patio and outdoor seating, sleek wood panelling, and McDonald’s advertisements on the windows.
Given there are more than 37,000 McDonald’s restaurants across the globe, covering each one in beehives would certainly have a positive impact on bee numbers, so here’s hoping the initiative does continue to spread beyond Swedish shores.
Marketing director of McDonald’s Sweden, Christoffer Rönnblad, described it as a ‘great idea’
He said: “We have a lot of really devoted franchisees who contribute to our sustainability work, and it feels good that we can use our size to amplify such a great idea as beehives on the rooftops.”
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “The Commission had proposed these measures months ago, on the basis of the scientific advice from the European Food Safety Authority.
“Bee health remains of paramount importance for me since it concerns biodiversity, food production, and the environment.”