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Jelly Belly Makes Candy for 100 Years in North Chicago


NORTH CHICAGO, ILL., Oct. 8, 2013--- American manufacturing is alive and well in North Chicago, Ill., where Jelly Belly Candy Company has been cooking up candy corn, jelly beans and a myriad of gourmet confections for 100 years. Built in 1913 by the Goelitz family, the plant has been in operation for a century producing candy at the same location (with a few upgrades along the way). Originally known as Goelitz Confectionery Company, the firm changed its name to Jelly Belly in 2001 in a salute to its most famous confection, but is still operated by descendants of the Goelitz family.

Chicagoland enjoys a legacy as the America’s candy capital since so many candy companies were founded and operated in the area. While candy making has become a global enterprise, Jelly Belly Candy Company is proud to be an American company with deep roots.

Tuesday, a private reception for business and community leaders was held to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Those in attendance include local politicians, business leaders and some special guests. Teens who participate in the culinary program of Chicago’s After School Matters, the leading enrichment program for teens, will be present to help celebrate. The company will donate $1,000 to the culinary program at After School Matters.

ABOUT JELLY BELLY CANDY COMPANY:

The family-owned candy manufacturer has been in operation since 1898 and is currently run by the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of the candy empire. Known for decades for making Candy Corn, the company came into worldwide prominence with the creation of Jelly Belly jelly beans after Ronald Reagan was seen eating them on the presidential campaign trail in 1980. Jelly Belly beans were soon being given to international diplomats and became the first jelly bean in space when they were sent up with the space shuttle Challenger. Visit Jelly Belly online.


ABOUT AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS:

Founded in 1991 by former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley, After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago high school teens high quality, out-of-school time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Over the past two decades, more than 100,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based arts, communications, science, sports and technology programs at Chicago public high schools, community locations across the city and Downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts. After School Matters programs are developed and delivered through a network of public and private partnerships, including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library and a wide range of community organizations.www.afterschoolmatters.org