Bee Gee Christmas, the national beekeeping trade association, has been the driving force behind the holiday trade in the US since the mid-1990s.
In 2006, the trade’s members, including the US, Canada and Australia, joined forces to create the International Bee Fair.
Bee Gies aim to bring in as much as $50 million in revenue a year for the industry, which relies on honey bees and honey bees in its flowers, and its own honey, which is exported.
“It’s a very big business, with a lot of people involved,” said Michael Ritchie, Bee Geeks CEO.
“We do this trade all year round, so it’s a great time to be a beekeeper.”
The trade, which started in 1972, has since expanded to include more than 20 countries.
In the past three decades, the US has become the world’s largest exporter of honey bees, while Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the largest producers.
“Our main export is honey, and we’ve been growing for 30 years,” said Andrew Schmitt, BeeGeeks’ vice-president for US operations.
“Honey bees have been here since before humans were even here.”
With its location in an increasingly rural area of California, Bee Gees was born to the US trade and its boom in sales, says Ritchie.
Bee Geees started selling Christmas lights and other Christmas-themed products at their retail stores in 2012.
“People are buying it, they’re buying it at home and they’re selling it,” he said.
“There’s been a lot more people buying it in the last three or four years.”
The honey bees at Bee Geese’ main shop in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino, California.
Image caption The beekeeper says it’s been an incredible boost for the beekeeping industry.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bee Geys biggest export is flowers, with more than 30 countries exporting to the USA.
In 2016, the company exported $50m worth of flowers to the United States, according to a Bee Geeks press release.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a market in the world quite like this, where people are so willing to come in, buy what they need and spend money,” Ritchie said.
It’s hard to see how Bee Geets global footprint would be affected by the US election, but the industry is worried about it.
“If the election turns out to be the outcome that the market believes it’s going to be, I think it would be really tough for us to have the confidence in the trade that we do,” Riggs said.
What about beekeeping in Europe?
The UK has been a main source of beekeeping for the past 50 years.
The UK Bee Trade is one of the leading honey bee exports, with sales of £20.7m in 2016.
The industry is struggling to attract the people who would buy from a company that is clearly struggling to keep up with demand.
“When you think about how much the UK is exporting to other parts of the world, I don’t see it having a huge impact on Bee Geek,” Roney said.
The European Union is home to many other beekeeping companies, such as Agua Naturale, who has sold flowers, beekeepers clothing and other products to other European countries.
“They have been really successful,” Rimes said.
While there is a big honey bee boom in the UK, the market is still small compared to that of the US.
“Bee Gees is one-quarter the size of a large beekeeper,” Riggles said.
Some people believe that the US may see a boom in beekeeping as well.
“The US is a lot bigger than we thought, it’s certainly bigger than the UK,” Roles said.
Beegees has been selling Christmas trees to schools, as well as gifts for Christmas to help people get their Christmas wishes through the holidays.
BeeGeeks website, which also sells honeybees clothing and gifts, has also helped boost the beekeepers business.
“In the US it’s all about the money,” said Riggs.
“You’re selling your products in a store that is selling their products and the bees, which are a big part of that, are all the big part, so the profits are huge.”
With the US presidential election just weeks away, beekeeping has become a big issue for the BeeGees, and Riggs thinks the US could be one of its biggest markets for the honeybee.
“Some people are saying we’re not going to survive in the next four years without beekeeping,” Riles said.
For BeeGeek, the holidays are a chance to sell its products to people in other parts the world and boost the trade.
“What we’re doing is going to make a difference to other countries, especially those that are struggling to survive economically,” Riven said