Yesterday I woke up at 5AM again 😯 exhausted but ready for more adventure 😀 Before that, another continental breakfast:
I started with the same as yesterday’s. Fruits, scramble eggs and oatmeal
for some reason the oatmeal wasn’t that good and Tina’s toasts with PB seemed yummy, so I went for it
it was indeed! I had another one 10 min later 😉
An hour later we arrived POM plant.
we got some equipments to enter to the plants, including mic and earphone
I looked funny 😕
Ready to go
Stop 1: fresh picked pomegranate from orchard (2 hours away) in gigantic boxes
Stop 2: Plant 1 (big bulk POM assorting/washing/waxing/packaging)
here is where the magic happens!!!! A computer takes 25 pictures to each pomegranate, according to these pictures, the computer assorts pomegranate by category (color, size, quality (sun burn area)) and puts it in the corresponding line.
workers double check to make sure that the program did good job on assorting. Later on, pomegranates are washed and waxed. Finally they are packed to deliver.
This plant was constructed in 2004, probably the one with the most advanced technology in the world. During the season, each day they process/pack millions of pomegranate per day. (Each pomegranate takes about 15 min passing all the process.)
Stop 3: For smaller package of POM, they use plant 2: old fashion fruit packaging, all manual.
this plant process 25% of what Plant 1 process and employs 4 times more workers than Plant 1. Talking about technology! 😯
We also toured the juicing plant, including bottle making, but we were not allowed to take pictures. I’d describe it with just one word: AMAZING!!! We were sooooo overwhelmed!
Do you know how big could be a pomegranate?
almost my head size!!!
Surprises kept coming: POM juices
this is a new flavor: mango! Review: It’s not so sweet and has a gentle flavor of mango. Really creative to mix these two apparently not mixable flavors! 😀 My favorite so far! Together with a quick lunch: turkey wrap, fruits and chips.
on my way to the airport I tried the iced coffee: vanilla flavor
Review: It tastes just like vanilla flavored coffee. Too sweet for me and I couldn’t taste POM at all, which might be a good thing for someone who doesn’t like POM flavor and just want to get its benefits. But for me, if I eat POM, I want something with its taste and not so many sugar and other additives.
When we got to the airport, we realized that my flight was 25 min earlier than I thought and it was too late to check-in. I missed my flight 😦 But Andrea, so efficient and considerate, called to the travel agent right away and put me on another flight. I got home at 1 AM, but I got home last night! 😀
It was a INCREDIBLE experience visiting POM plant. These people are serious on making the best product available for the customers by using the cutting edge technology, meticulous designing and employing the most efficient and kind people to make it happen!
More pics and info of POM will come in the next few days. From now on, POM will have a special place in my heart and diet, not because they pay me to nor because I feel obligated to, but because I believe that POM Wonderful is really wonderful, otherwise they would not invest so much $$, effort and human capital on it. They will only do it if they know once people get to know better about its benefits, they will success for sure! 🙂
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