Just a little east of Geneva, Illinois, out in ‘the country’ sits the headquarters of FONA International. Flavors of North America. International. (“Yes,” I imagine Canadians would say, “We certainly do qualify as international.”) The most wonderful smells come out of this building. Julia Child would love this place.
Three mornings a week, if I’m in Illinois, I volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank next door to FONA. Being as how both places are huge & both have plenty of land & space between them, at first I thought the delicious aromas were coming from our own building. “Wow,” I would think, “how can ten thousand cans of Delmonte creamed corn smell so great???”
(A little unsolicited product placement for Delmonte here being as how they’re either our largest contributor, or very close to it. I should give a shoutout too, to General Mills, for their super generous cereal donations. Their factories/distribution center is just a few miles east in West Chicago, Illinois. If you love the smell of Cheerios, that’s the area to live.)
Then I realized who the company next door is. FONA.
When I drive down the road & pull into the food bank parking lot, FONA is often blessing us with some great aroma. I guess part of it for me is nostalgia. I remember when the Ovaltine factory was in our town. We could walk outside to head to school or work & it seemed like the entire village was engulfed in a vat of chocolate. Sadly, I haven’t yet smelled any chocolate coming out of FONA. They really should get on the ball about that. Being as how chocolate is one of the Major Food Groups. Just sayin’.
“If you drop the lamb, just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” ~~ Julia Child