POM tour day 3. XXI century juice plant!


Yesterday I woke up at 5AM again 😯 exhausted but ready for more adventure πŸ˜€ Before that, another continental breakfast:

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I started with the same as yesterday’s. Fruits, scramble eggs and oatmeal

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Tina, Caitlan and Eric were my company πŸ™‚

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for some reason the oatmeal wasn’t that good and Tina’s toasts with PB seemed yummy, so I went for it

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it was indeed! I had another one 10 min later πŸ˜‰

An hour later we arrived POM plant.

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we got some equipments to enter to the plants, including mic and earphone

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I looked funny πŸ˜•

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Ready to go

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Stop 1: fresh picked pomegranate from orchard (2 hours away) in gigantic boxes

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Stop 2: Plant 1 (big bulk POM assorting/washing/waxing/packaging)

brush area

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assorting area

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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.

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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.

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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?

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almost my head size!!!

Surprises kept coming: POM juices

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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! πŸ˜€ My favorite so far! Together with a quick lunch: turkey wrap, fruits and chips.

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on my way to the airport I tried the iced coffee: vanilla flavor

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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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

Want some Doctor Krackers? You have time to enter the GIVEAWAY until 9PM eastern time. πŸ™‚

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14 responses to “POM tour day 3. XXI century juice plant!

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip! What an experience!

  2. So cool seeing the plant! Glad you had a great time!! POM is the best!

  3. It’s so interesting to know how those places work. πŸ™‚
    I’m glad you had a good time!

  4. Menden @ Skinny Menny

    What a fascinating look into the “behind the scenes!” I’m glad you had such a great time and that you got home safely πŸ™‚

  5. since looking at all of your wonderful pom pics the last couple days i have been drinking so much pom! every time i read a post i get a craving! looks like so much fun!!

  6. sue

    i’m so glad you were chosen to go on this trip! it’s been a delight reading your recaps and hearing your enthusiasm for pom (the company and product)…thanks for sharing coco!

  7. Sorry you missed the flight – but you are home safe!

    Loved the recap!

  8. great recap! i’m glad to have met u! we had a blast!

  9. I loved all the pomegranate pictures over the past couple of days…. And I’m so glad you had such a nice time! πŸ™‚

  10. It’s amazing to me seeing those facilities that process mass quantities of foods. It looked like an awesome trip and very interesting!

  11. Wow! Cool behind the scenes action! Can’t wait to try that new flavor.

  12. Just loving your recaps coco! You’re making me jealous!!! super super jealous. It was so funny that one of those pom’s is the size of your head. hahahha

  13. what an incredible trip! so cool that you got to see where all the pomegranates are processed!

    hope you can get some good relaxation time in to recover from all those exciting adventures!

  14. Hey Coco!
    I had a bit of time in my hands tonight so I reread and caught up with all your POM trip posts! Wow! So much fun, and so envious that you got to meet all these amazing bloggers…but hee hee hee I’ll be meeting you in person soon, so I’m comforted by that fact! I’ll bet you’re even cuter in person! eEee! Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

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