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The Jel Sert Company Overview

West Chicago, IL
201 to 500 employees
1926
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Jel Sert Company, located in West Chicago, was founded in 1926 and remains privately held to this day. For over eighty years, generations of families have enjoyed Jel Sert products.

Quality, flavor, fun and value have always been and will always be the ... Read more

Mission: Jel Sert will supply safe quality food products to consumers by consistently meeting the requirements of our Food Safety and Quality Systems.

In addition, our company will continually review customer and regulatory requirements and establish objectives that ... Read more

The Jel Sert Company – Why Work For Us?


The Jel Sert Company continues to stand by our commitment of providing safe quality food products to our consumers. 

In order to continuously meet our commitment, Jel Sert is focused on attracting the best talent and developing our employees to exceed their potential!

Jel Sert is seeking candidates who take pride in their work and are looking to contribute their ideas, skills, experience, and passion to the “Makers of Fun Foods”!

If you are looking for a privately held, innovative, results driven organization that rewards and values creativity, professionalism, teamwork, honesty, and longevity then follow then The Jel Sert Company is the place for you!

TIMELINE AT A GLANCE

Jel Sert, 1926  The Jel Sert Company was founded in 1926 and remains privately held to this day. Jel Sert's first product was a gelatin dessert mix called Jel Sert, a name derived from combining "jelly" and "dessert".

Flavor-Aid, 1929  The concept of powdered mixes was very popular in the 1920s, and led to the 1929 introduction of the Flavor Aid® line of powdered soft drink mixes.

Pop-Ice, 1963  The success of Flavor Aid in the 1950s led to the acquisition of the Pop-Ice® Company in 1963. Pop-Ice was a small company producing a unique freeze-at-home pop that offered the opportunity to enter an exciting new product category.

Fla-Vor-Ice, 1969  The brand Fla-Vor-Ice® was introduced in 1969, to complement Flavor Aid, and quickly became the leading freezer pop in the United States.

MONDO, 1991  MONDO® Fruit Squeezers were launched by Jel Sert in 1991. Strong promotions and national advertising have helped it become a well-known brand in the juice drink category. With the advantages of convenience and recyclability, MONDO provides more fun to children than the traditional juice-box.

Otter Pops, 1996  Otter Pops® was acquired in 1996, and is the strongest freezer pop brand on the West Coast. Today, Jel Sert produces and sells more freezer pops than any other company in the world.

Wyler's® / Wyler's Light® 2000  Jel Sert acquired the Wyler's™ trademark in 1994. Wyler's Light, introduced in 2000, is well known for its great tasting low-calorie, sugar-free products that everyone can enjoy.

My-T-Fine / Royal, 2000  In December 2000, Jel Sert acquired the Royal® and Myt*T*Fine® brands, both of which have a strong and lyal following. The Royal brand, which includes puddings, gelatins, and flan, dates back to 1925. My*T*Fine, a premium cook-and-serve pudding brand, was introduced in 1918.

Jel Sert Licensing program begins, 2003   Jel Sert kicked off its licensing program by partnering with Kellogg's to make Keebler Fudge Shoppe chocolate freezer bars. Jel Sert next worked with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to launch Hawaiian Punch powders and freezer bars within the next three years.

Frootee Ice, 2004   Frootee Ice was acquired by Jel Sert and later introduced for consumers to enjoy in a fresh, new mesh bag package.

Wyler's Light Singles to go!, 2006   During 2006 Jel Sert launched Wyler's Light Singles to go! in a single-serve stick pack format to accommodate the growing need for consumer convenience

Kool Pops / Mr. Freeze, 2007   The Jel Sert Company acquired rights to the Mr. Freeze brand as well as the licensing rights to the Kool Pops brand from Kraft Foods. Both brands enjoy a strong, nostalgic heritage that Jel Sert has kept alive and well.

Jel Sert Canada, 2007   Jel Sert headed north in 2007 and began selling freezer bars in Canada. Now Canadian consumers can enjoy a wide variety of our fun foods including freezer bars, drink and dessert mixes.

Jel Sert licensing program expands, 2008   Jel Sert debuted a new portfolio of licensed freezer bars in 2008 including Soda Pops with Dr. Pepper, 7UP, Orange Crush and A&W Root Beer flavors as well as Tampico and Jelly Belly flavored pops. Jel Sert also introduced diet Snapple Singles to go! powdered soft drinks, giving consumers a new way to enjoy their favorite Snapple flavors.

Jel Sert's Commitment

The Jel Sert Company, “Makers of Fun Foods,” is a family-owned business providing our customers with high quality and high value food products.

Jel Sert will supply safe quality food products to consumers by consistently meeting the requirements of our Food Safety and Quality Systems. In addition, our company will continually review customer and regulatory requirements and establish objectives that seek to improve our products. Employees will prioritize food safety and quality in the production of our products and be encouraged to offer their ideas for improving our food safety and quality management systems.


It is the policy of The Jel Sert Company to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all colleagues and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy/childbirth, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or perceived disability, genetic information, citizenship, veteran or military status, marital or domestic partner status, or any other category protected by federal, state and/or local laws.  

          


AMERICAN childhood CANCER ORGANIZATION

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) began in 1970 by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. They came together to lobby for more research, and to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment of this life threatening disease at a time when very few children survived. Today, ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. We are proud to be associated with the ACCO and the fight against childhood cancer. Our efforts focus on promoting awareness and supporting advocacy programs.

Cancer ribbonFla-Vor-IceOtter PopsPop-Ice

  • Childhood cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of America’s children and each year there are approximately 12,600 children who are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. In 2008, we began adding the gold ribbon and ACCO information to our Fla-Vor-Ice freezer pops packaging in support of the Gold Ribbons for Childhood Cancer Awareness cause. This campaign now extends across millions of packages of Fla-Vor-Ice, Otter Pops and Pop-Ice, inspiring childhood cancer advocacy and honoring those affected by the disease.
  • In addition to this program we are active both on-line through social media and off-line at local events to provide support and keep people informed. We hope that through our efforts more people will become aware of our partnership with the ACCO, the resources this organization provides and the need to be actively involved so that we can end childhood cancer.

For further information on the ACCO, please go towww.acco.org or call 1-800-366-2223. 

NOCC National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Since 1995, The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has been raising awareness, providing education and dispelling myths about this serious disease. Too often, symptoms go unrecognized and ovarian cancer is detected too late.

Jel Sert is proud to support the fight against ovarian cancer through knowledge and awareness. Our support is in honor of those within our global community who have been affected by ovarian cancer – the survivors, patients, caregivers and the loved ones – yours and ours.  Help break the silence... Talk about Ovarian Cancer.

Look for the NOCC logo and contact information on every package of   Wyler's Light products.

 
Wyler's Light

GET INFORMED. GET INVOLVED.

The NOCC continues to expand awareness and education campaigns, and initiates new projects through the generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals. 

For further information, please go to www.ovarian.org
e-mail NOCC@ovarian.org or call 1-888-OVARIAN. 

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    Everyday at work you're greeted by smiling co-worker faces, as everyone seems to love what they do. The brands are fantastic and bring smiles to people of all ages. The company truly makes an effort to make each employee feel appreciated, no matter their respective position.

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    None! Companies like this are few and far between in today's business world.

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at The Jel Sert Company (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.

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    Initial phone interview with HR, lasted about 1.5 hours with the questions ranging from my experience and work history to behavioral questions. At the end of this discussion the HR manager advised me that I would be recommended for the next interview with the next level up sales manager. That interview took place on the phone which I passed and advanced to the first in person interview. The in person interview took place about a month later to which I was then invited to the final round. The final round of interviews included four other candidates and was broken out into two sessions, one being a lunch interview. The VP of Sales and two sales managers conducted the interviews and the questions from the VP of Sales focused on understanding my work history and experience. These folks were all very professional and friendly.

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The Jel Sert Company Awards & Accolades

  • Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies, 2015 Revenue, 2016

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