In 2008, colony collapse disorder (CCD) destroyed approximately 80% of the honey bee colonies in a region of Italy. But on one family farm, the hives remained unaffected. Dr. Francesca del Vecchio studied the natural food resources specific to this farm to determine what the bees were ingesting that was making them thrive. After several years of testing hundreds of natural plant extracts, letting the bees choose the best compositions, Dr. del Vecchio created BeesVita Plus™ (BVP™). In 2011, Dr. del Vecchio and her partners founded a company now known as Healthy Bees LLC, which has patents pending for BVP™ across the world.