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Jelly Belly moving more candy production to Fairfield

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Mithra Senthil, 8, of Pleasanton is given a sample of a butter-flavored popcorn jellybean during the 15th anniversary celebration at Jelly Belly in Fairfield, in 2014. Jelly Belly will halt production of its Jelly Belly brand products at its Chicago factory and consolidate all production in Fairfield. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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From page A2 | August 13, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Jelly Belly will stop making its Jelly Belly brand products at its North Chicago factory and consolidate production at its headquarters in Fairfield.

The Chicago factory will remain open and will produce private label brands and contract confectionery manufacturing, Jelly Belly spokeswoman Tomi Holt said Monday. But the Jelly Belly products will all be made in Fairfield.

“It’s just to improve efficiencies,” Holt said.

The move won’t happen for 60 days. Holt did not know if the consolidation will mean more Fairfield jobs.

“As we go through the process, we’ll know more in a couple of months,” Holt said.

The synergies of consolidating operations and manufacturing will help the company position itself for growth and opportunity, a Jelly Belly press release said. By realigning for long-term business development, the company is targeting growth potential in private label and contract production services, it said.

The North Chicago factory will lose about 66 jobs. Jelly Belly will provide outplacement services to help the workers find new jobs and will help them explore transferring to other company locations, the statement said.

“Eliminating positions is a difficult decision to make,” company president Bob Simpson said in the press release. “This move to private label manufacturing is a forward-thinking step for the best deployment of the Illinois facility and the company overall.”

Jelly Belly, formerly known as the Goelitz Confectionary Co., built its North Chicago manufacturing plant in 1913. That was long before the Jelly Belly itself got invented.

Jelly Belly moved a facility from Oakland to Fairfield in 1986. It opened its local visitors’ center and cafe in 1999.

Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Steven KaysAugust 12, 2014 - 4:45 am

    Jelly Belly is progressively involved in Fairfield's good will activities. Glad to see more jobs coming to Fairfield. It's a sign they believe in Fairfield.

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  • TylerAugust 12, 2014 - 6:21 am

    "Holt did not know if the consolidation will mean more Fairfield jobs."

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 12, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Jelly Belly is a right wing PR firm that also makes jelly beans.

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  • Salty DogAugust 13, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Danny You sound like a left wing mouth piece if you don't like jelly belly you do not have to buy their jelly beans.

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 13, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    @Salty Dog: Thanks for the advice!

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  • Demarquis Abdullah WashingtonAugust 13, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Bunting---you are a jackasses rear end. You used to attend TEA Party meetings in Felonfield. Now we hear this drivel about ''right wing'' this and that. Why can't you find the middle of the road and the vital center?

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    @Demarquis Abdullah Washington: Perhaps you could reformulate your opinion, and then put it into words again. Your statement does not make much sense, for the exception of the insults - I comprehended those..

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  • Demarquis Abdullah WashingtonAugust 13, 2014 - 10:39 am

    JELLY BELLY---Move to Texas or South Carolina and cut your losses. It's time to maximize profits and leave the broken states behind.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 13, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Danny, it's actually the other way around. Jelly Belly is a candy company that happens to support common sense legislation and regulation for small business.

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 13, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    @Mr P: " support common sense legislation and regulation for small business". Sounds like Right Wing Talking Points! Simple words for simple people to be fooled. If common sense is code for shifting the tax burden off of them completely, then we are on the same page. Small business equates to a business with fewer then 500 employees, lest we forgot. I know the words "small business" make us feel warm and fuzzy. But in reality legislation that is proposed with these words are not meant for the mom and pop shops. But that is the perception these crooks like to imply.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Danny, they are not right wing talking points. It's a mantra for compromise. I interview 10 to 15 small businesses every day about legislation and regulation that is impacting them. They are mostly small (0-5 employees) and some are larger independent business such as Jelly Belly. I have yet to speak to any business owner that doesn't believe regulation is needed or that wants to absolve themselves from being taxed. Necessary and reasonable is the key. You may be confusing them with large, public companies that are often part of the problem.

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 13, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    @Mr.P: For full disclosure, can you tell me who pays the bills for the company you work for? Not the name of your company, but the people whom fund your company.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 13, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Danny, we're funded entirely by membership. We leave the amount up to the business owner. The average runs around $250 per year. The maximum is $10,000 to prevent influence. The largest member I have gives $5,000 a year. I have a couple at $2,500 and a handful at around $1,000. The vast majority are between $125 and $300 per year. We ballot members throughout the year on issues that we anticipate that we will be testifying on. Each member gets one vote regardless of investment amount. Our position is the majority vote. Much different than the Cal and US Chambers, that have a policy board made up of mostly large, public companies. Most small business owners understand that big business and big labor buy influence and small business often gets the short end of the stick. All we can do is offer a collective voice in committee meetings and try to influence legislation that way. I would love to say the name of the organization as I could certainly acquire new members. Unfortunately, I would no longer be able to give me opinion on issues as they could be construed as our members opinions.

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  • Danny BuntinAugust 13, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    @Mr. P: I am fairly confident that you are with one of a handful of organizations I have in mind. I have been approached and pitched by several individuals over the last few years, that run a similar business/service. They did not hang around long after hearing what I had to say. They came in with a prepared talking points, which is to be expected. But when I countered, they quickly understood that I was not buying what they where selling, and moved on to the next business. They were not big on getting my vision, when it ran counter to what they where selling. That was the biggest impression that I was left with. I will not push you to disclose the name, because it could have negative blow back on your part. I appreciate you giving me a more focused idea of the trade you are in though.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 13, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Danny, typically a rep won't waste someone's time if the organization is not going to be a good fit for that business owner. I never try to change someone's mind on the issues. I listen respectfully and explain that we are probably a good fit for them. I can say that most business owners are very like-minded on the issues. Sometimes they will be on the same page on all but one or two issues and that's usually makes enough sense for them to participate. I don't know of anybody that agrees with anyone else all the time. My wife and I agree about 90% of the time. That makes for a very good marriage.

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  • GroupadminAugust 12, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Jelly Belly will soon leave Fairfield just like CoPArts did because of the way the city taxes and makes business have to pay for this and that and there comes a point like Coparts did and says enough is enough and leaves to greener and cheaper areas to run its company. Jelly belly has a very small and by that I mean small full time worker base, most are temps that come and go.

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  • JimboAugust 12, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Because one thing conservatives like the ones running Jelly Belly dislike are full time employees with benefits.

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  • Mr. PracticalAugust 13, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Groupadmin, Copart didn't leave Fairfield. They left California. Fairfield treats businesses fairly well. The state, not so much.

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  • JimboAugust 12, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Aren't these the same republicans running Jelly Belly who claim they can not afford business in California?

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  • KirtyAugust 13, 2014 - 6:49 am

    When your choices are between Illinois and California (or building a whole new facility in another state), then the choice is clear, especially with the greater tourism here vs Northern Illinois

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  • trish hamiltonAugust 13, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Stop the hate! Jelly Belly is a great asset to our community! They sponsor practically everything and provide jobs and great jelly beans. They help recruit other businesses to town. In short they are great community supporters who deserve all of our support, not criticism! Behave people!!

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  • Truth B ToldAugust 13, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Jelly Belly is not a great asset to the community. They have bough their way here since the early 80's. Jelly Belly and its crew of management is one of lowest dirtiest unethical business men in the world. Dont be fooled they have started construction on a plant in Taiwan and the plan is to ship all the wok there keeping this factory open with a visitors center just as a local novelty. They have a long history of treating the factory employees like dirt, they treat management, office and tour center completely different. They will use and spit you out. This company tries to fool the public that they are family and love all there employees that is the furthest from the truth. That is how the company use to be before Ernie passed away.

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  • mdsAugust 13, 2014 - 9:10 am

    So you worked there and got fired because you were a lousy employee and now it's everybody's fault but yours. Yeah, we get you.

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  • Truth B ToldAugust 13, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Obviously mds you don't get me as a matter of fact I didn't work there but I did grow up there and my parent worked and they did for over 25 years and retired Honorable. Now if you take offense in a person opinion then maybe you should not be blogging. Or wait maybe you work their? You could be one of the brown nosers, in any event don't get all butt hurt!

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  • mdsAugust 13, 2014 - 10:14 pm

    So why did you parents work there for 25 years if the place was so corrupt? That must make your parents corrupt.

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  • Truth B ToldAugust 13, 2014 - 11:50 am

    The sad thing about this mds is no matter how you slice it the truth is the truth! I have dirt going back to before the Jelly Belly was even invented by VanDam. Yea, all the way back to Oakland, I have seen them use and spit out people call them family and when they are used up and dead they don't care. So much for family I seen Lula Mae raise Jr, Christopher, Becky and Lisa, hell she even seen Herm grow up there when Ernie his dad use to bring him to work. When she was done they give a swift kick in the back end and didn't even bother to show up to her funeral! The stories are countless and that one of the more mild ones. so you keep believing that Jelly Belly is such a great organization!

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  • mdsAugust 13, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    You "seen" them? Okay maybe you're correct. They clearly didn't pay your parents enough to send you to school.

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