Thursday, October 01, 2009

Belly Flops

Rick and I toured the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, CA. What a fun tour, sometimes I wished I didn’t work in the food manufacturing industry, so that I wouldn’t be so critical of the facilities. A tiny part of me continues to audit any facility I tour and pick out all the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) violations. That aside it was neat to watch their videos of how Jelly Belly’s are made and what they do to ensure that only “perfect” jelly beans get through their process. Imperfect jelly beans are called “Belly Flops” (I know! I thought it was the cutest most clever name ever) and sold in their store.
Here’s a bear made from Jelly Bellys:
A duck sculpture:

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