Going to the movies is an American tradition. Whether on a date or a family outing, you’ve no doubt shared laughs or shed tears with someone inside of a movie theater. Synonymous with the experience is the concession stand.
There, behind the counter, lie a variety of confections. Among them are Red Vines, a classic American candy that’s been a sweet tooth satisfaction for a century.
The best part about Red Vines? They’re made right here in Union City.
Founded in Chicago in 1914, the American Licorice Company opened its west coast factory in San Francisco in 1925. It operated there for nearly 50 years before relocating to Union City in 70s.
Today, the family-owned company has three factories (in Bend, Ore. and La Porte, Ind.), employs 500 people company-wide and produces iconic candies such as Red Vines, Sour Punch and Super Ropes.
All Red Vines, Black Vines and Grape Vines are manufactured in the Union City factory where they produce 60 million pounds of Red Vines a year.
The company also gives back to the community by providing candy to local schools. Earlier this year, the company .
Take a behind-the-scenes look inside the American Licorice Company factory and see how Red Vines are made by clicking on the video above.