Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Great Day!

by Scott Lund

Today was a truly amazing day. It started off with a surprise visit by Health Department and ended with two new accounts.

Because we are a food production company, we are regulated/investigated by the State of California – Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch. We receive unannounced visits from a Senior Investigator every one to three years. It had been about 18 months since we received our first visit, so I have had a feeling that we should be expecting someone for while.

I like to think that we run a clean shop just like my grandmother did, but one never looks forward to visit from the State. We will show the factory to almost anyone so it generally very clean. Today was no different. When John (that is his real name) showed up at 9:30 this morning the plant was still spotless. Everyone was working and the place looked great.

I walked John through the facility for about half an hour answering some questions about our processes, lot tracking and products. In the end we received a clean bill of health and he said he would be back in about 3 years. As a side note: Chocolate is not exactly dangerous product to manufacture. Chocolates are generally too dry for salmonella and e-coli and too sweet for bacteria.

So by 10:30 a.m. you probably could have told me most anything and I would not have cared. Yet, the day only got better.

I visited with the great people of the Cannery Row IMAX Theatre and they have decided to carry Lula’s in their café. May I suggest an IMAX movie and some of Lula’s best chocolates? They should be available by this weekend in the upstairs café.

On top of that, this afternoon I also received word that Berkeley Bowl Marketplace will carry our Grab‘n’Go products (Aloha Rocky Road and California Toffee). We shipped product to them today, so they should have it for you tomorrow.

I don’t know about you but to me that is a great day. I hope you have a Great Day too!