Jelly Belly has released word that they’re buying Ben Meyerson Candies, which is based right here in Los Angeles. Ben Meyerson is known for their Big Cherry and line of Sunkist Fruit Gems (sold at Trader Joe’s in the little tubs).
The Meyerson family has been running the company for three generations, beginning in 1937. In 1955 Ben Meyerson aquired Christopher’s candy, which was started in 1887 (one of the oldest candy bar companies in the country). I’d dig up more on them, but their website isn’t even up any longer.
The manufacturing jobs will not stay here in LA, instead they’ll be moved to Jelly Belly’s facilities in Fairfield and/or Illinois.