ValleyCrest helps Jelly Belly reduce water use

The landscape company and HydroPoint teamed up to produce water savings of 29 percent for the candy company.

September 30, 2011
Industry News

PETALUMA, Calif. – HydroPoint Data Systems and ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance announced a partnership with Jelly Belly Candy Co. to implement the WeatherTRAK Smart Water Management solutions across the 35-acre campus, which includes corporate headquarters, manufacturing, warehousing and a public tour center in Fairfield, Calif. Using the WeatherTRAK water-saving technologies, Jelly Belly Candy Co. will reduce outdoor water use by 29 percent.     

These new technologies help preserve both natural water resources and a pleasantly landscaped campus that consists of five and a half acres of green space with turf, trees and shrubs, which was designed to enhance the experience of more than half a million visitors who tour Jelly Belly's facility each year. Jelly Belly Candy executives partnered with ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance to replace out-dated irrigation clocks with WeatherTRAK smart irrigation controllers to experience significant cost savings.   

"We actively look for ways to improve cost efficiencies in our manufacturing and site expenses," said Jeff Brown, vice president operations and distribution for Jelly Belly Candy. "An inviting look to our campus is important since we host a half million members of the public each year to our tours. An irrigation solution with minimal capital investment and disruption that would yield significant water savings in our landscaped areas was intriguing. With HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK irrigation controllers we expect to see significant cost savings."  

HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK Smart Water Management solutions provide grounds crews with 24/7 visibility and remote control access to irrigation schedules and water use via the newly released 7.0 Central Internet Management Application. Daily evapotranspiration (ET) data is transmitted to the WeatherTRAK controllers, updating the automated watering schedules as local weather conditions change. Plants receive precise amounts of water only when they need it.     

The WeatherTRAK technology eliminates over-watering as well as costly water run-off, hardscape repairs and liabilities. WeatherTRAK automates irrigation to run after business hours so Mr. Jelly Belly and the 30-foot inflatable Jelly Belly mascots can greet visitors without interference from overspray or excess water in the popular grassy picnic areas surrounding the visitor center.  

"We commend Jelly Belly Candy Co. for their commitment to making outdoor water efficiency a priority. Using WeatherTRAK technology, ValleyCrest will optimize plant health, reduce staff hours and conserve vital resources at the Fairfield campus, establishing a high standard in environmental stewardship for corporate facilities across California and the nation," said Richard Restuccia, director of water management solutions for ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance.