After registration and a short video presentation we were whisked off to the fully automated production area for the plant tour. The first thing I saw was the tons of flour (or was it sugar???) that was going to be used for making bread. Take note that the ingredients, dough, and bread are never touched by human hands.
The loaves get packed into plastic bags after they are cooled. Then they are put into trays so they can be loaded onto the trucks for delivery. At present, Gardenia has 150 trucks in its fleet. Our tour of the production facility felt like an episode off Discovery Channel's "How It's Made", which is one of my family's favorite shows. :D
Later on we were treated to a Gardenia sandwich buffet brunch featuring culinary creations using different types of bread. We had Gardenia Easy Quesadillas, Gardenia Tuna Maki Rolls, Gardenia Spanish Milkfish Sandwich, Gardenia Ham and Jam, Gardenia Choco Mocha Rhum Balls, and Gardenia Frozen Delights. You can find the recipes at http://www.gardenia.com.ph.
I'm suggesting the Gardenia factory in Laguna as a field trip destination to my kids' school administrators. I think kids especially will enjoy the experience and learn a whole lot about something they eat almost everyday.
A big thank you to the folks over at Gardenia for the hospitality. I really had a great time! :D
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