Jelly Belly just put out an IMPORTANT message. While David Klein FOUNDED their company, he sold his stake 40 years ago and owns a different candy company, called Spectrum Confections. And you can tell Jelly Belly is not super pumped about the confusion with the contest by how they phrased their message.
Jelly Belly says, “Due to confusion in the marketplace, Jelly Belly Candy Company would like to take this opportunity to clear up the misconception that it is involved with a contest that purportedly offers a candy factory as its grand prize. They also downplayed Klein’s role in founding the company. They say he was, quote, “an independent third party when he came up with the name ‘Jelly Belly’ and other marketing ideas in 1976.”