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Dwindling honey bee population affects Charlotte hotel

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CHARLOTTE — An uptown hotel's home grown honey harvest is smaller than expected this year.

The Ritz-Carlton has had hives on its roof for three years now. However a condition that's killing one-third of bees nationwide every year has hit the hotel's hives.

The hotel harvested honey from its rooftop hives Thursday morning. Their beekeeper, Randall York, is facing the same challenges others are around the country as bees are dying off at an alarming rate.

York said about 30 to 40 percent of bees die off each year, many because of colony collapse disorder, which is impacting supply and cost.

He said despite the challenges, the hives on top of the hotel still thrive.

"They do really well here because there's so many folks that have condos in the area and they've always got something blooming. The bees can always find something," said York.

York harvested about 60 pounds of honey, all of which will be used in different recipes at the Ritz.

“It's crucial to have ingredients that are pure and natural,” said Ritz-Carlton executive chef Jon Rarace.

York said he will bring in more bees to re-populate the second hive.

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