Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Gardenia Factory Tour at Binan, Laguna!

Every time I go grocery shopping, I always buy 2-3 loaves of Gardenia bread. My children love Gardenia Double Delights Ubelicious-Cheesy Twirl and they usually bring filled Gardenia White Bread to school as baon. Personally my favorites are Gardenia Honey Oat Loaf and and High Fiber Wheat Raisin.

Gardenia Factory TourThat said, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to visit Gardenia's Factory in Sta. Rosa, Laguna with fellow bloggers. We took the trip last July 29, 2011.

Gardenia Factory TourGardee, Gardenia's mascot, was a very welcoming sight at the lobby. :D

Gardenia Factory TourAfter 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.

Gardenia Factory Tour

This is the bread dough.

Production area at Gardenia Plant in Sta. Rosa, LagunaThe dough gets sectioned into balls, one ball makes one loaf. I found the dough balls moving along the conveyor kind of cute. :p

Gardenia Factory Tour

The balls then go into rectangular loaf pans for baking.

Gardenia Factory TourAfter the bread is baked, they're taken for a spin at the colossal cooling towers. That's a whole lot of bread up there because the Gardenia plant produces a whopping 6,000 loaves an hour.

Gardenia Factory TourHere's a closer look at the loaves being spun round and round in the rotating carousel-like tower.

Gardenia Plant Factory Tour

Gardenia Factory TourThe 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

Gardenia Factory TourWe were given a chance to sample a loaf of Gardenia White Bread fresh off the oven. It was unsliced. It was hot and it smelled soooo good.

Gardenia Factory TourOf course I had a pinch of the freshly baked bread. It was very soft and yummy!

Gardenia Factory TourLater 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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