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The Jelly Belly Candy Company , formerly known as The Herman Goelitz Candy Company, makes the Jelly Belly jelly bean and other candy. The company is based in Fairfield, California, and produces more than 37 million pounds (17,000 tons) of candy annually at its Fairfield, North Chicago, Illinois, and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, facilities, which have nearly 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) of production space among them. In October 2008 the company opened a 50,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand where it produces product for markets outside the USA.
Jelly Belly Candy Company, manufacturer of Jelly Belly jelly beans and a wide range of confections, is a family owned and operated business now in its sixth generation of candy making. Jelly beans have been around since the 1890s, but Jelly Belly Candy Company claims to have made one of the first gourmet jelly beans in 1976. "We were making candy corn before then and we were starving," said Herman Rowland. In 1976, David Klein, a candy and nut distributor, approached the Herman Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) and requested a new type of jelly bean with "natural" ingredients sold in single flavors. Fruit purees and juice concentrates were added to the natural ingredients of the Herman Goelitz Candy Company Mini Gourmet Jelly Bean, and the Jelly Belly jelly bean was born.
Jelly Belly Candy Company traces its roots to the entrepreneurial efforts of Gustav Goelitz, who came to the United States in 1866 and with his younger brothers, Albert and George. They built a successful confectionery business: Gustav Goelitz Candy, in Belleville, Illinois, and later Goelitz Brothers' Candy in St. Louis, Missouri. Gustav Goelitz learned to make candy in America and was in business for himself by 1869 in Belleville, Illinois. Gustav Goelitz was joined by his brother, Albert, and together they sold handmade candies from a horse-drawn cart. The Goelitz name developed a reputation for quality confections as the brothers expanded operations. Fourth-generation Goelitz descendent, Herman G. Rowland, Sr. and his parents, Ernest Rowland and Aloyse Rowland (maiden name Goelitz) continued the expansion of the company's products on the west coast in Oakland, CA then moving to Fairfield, CA. The Herman Goelitz Candy Company was the first American manufacturer to make a gummy bear for the US market. They also made candy corn, mellocremes, gummi worms, and giant jelly beans. Confectioner Marinus van Dam was employed by the company to manage the plant and oversee new product development including Jelly Belly jelly beans, obtaining a candy manufacturing degree in the Netherlands. He emigrated to the United States and went to work for the Herman Goelitz Candy Company in the 1960s. He rose to the level of vice president before moving on to other companies and finally starting his own business, Marich Confectionery.
Traditional jelly beans start out with plain, uncolored pectin centers that are merely sweetened with sugar, with only their outer coating colored and flavored. With the Jelly Belly jelly bean, the company uses real fruit juices and natural flavors when possible to flavor the center with the intent of improving flavor. The flavor-enhancing process is also used on the outer candy shell. The finished Jelly Belly jelly beans are half the size of normal jelly beans.
David Klein sold the first Jelly Belly jelly beans in an ice cream parlor, Fosselman's, in Alhambra, California in 1976. The first flavors were Very Cherry, Tangerine, Lemon, Green Apple, Grape Jelly, Licorice, Root Beer, and Cream Soda. Total sales for the first seven-day period was $44. The product was selling for $2 per pound, which was considered a very high price at the time. Klein is no longer associated with this jelly bean and has his own company which makes David's Signature Jelly Beans.Source: Wikipedia