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Jelly Belly Candy Company, formerly known as Herman Goelitz Candy Company and Goelitz Confectionery Company, manufactures Jelly Belly jelly beans and other candy. The company is based in Fairfield, California, with a second manufacturing facility in North Chicago, Illinois and a distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. In October 2008 the company opened a 50,000 sq ft (4,645 m2) manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand where it produces confectionery for the international market. Gustav Goelitz came to the United States in 1866 and in 1869 started the confectionery business Gustav Goelitz in Belleville, Illinois. His younger brothers Albert and George emigrated to America soon after and joined him in the business. In 1898, the company began manufacturing mellocreme candies (also called mellowcreme, mellow cream, and butter cream). Candy Corn, a type of mellocreme candy, was likely developed by George Renniger, an employee of Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia. The Goelitz Confectionery Company was successful in selling a variety of mellocreme candy including candy corn. In 1904 the company relocated to Chicago, and then to North Chicago in 1913. Herman Goelitz, the son of Gustav, moved to the west coast to start his own business, Herman Goelitz Candy Company. The company eventually settled in Oakland, California in 1924. In 1960, the company expand to jelly beans, Chocolate Dutch Mints, America’s first gummi bears, and jells. “One of those new products was a small and very flavorful Mini Jelly Bean [developed in 1965].” The Mini Jelly Bean center had natural flavoring, innovative for the time when only the outer shell was flavored.