#241: Silly Facts for Actors to Perform

FEE.
So
we know about
latex, man-made or otherwise
but how do we get gum from that

MIKE.
Latex is mixed
corn sugar
beet sugar
different sweeteners
to form the gum base
the part the puts the ‘chew’ into
chewing gum
helping to bind
all the ingredients together.

FEE.
It’s a 6 part process
MELTING

MIKE.
The process begins
with the melting
and purifying of the gum base.

FEE.
MIXING

MIKE.
The melted base is poured in a mixer
that can hold up to a ton of product.
Here sweenters and flavours are added
at the right moment
to create the different tastes
of different brands
and they are all mixed in together

FEE.
ROLLING

MIKE.
From the mixers
a large loaf of gum
is sent through a set of rollers
that form it into a thin narrow ribbon formation
A light coating of finely powdered sugar
or sugar substitute
is added to prevent the gum from sticking
and to enhance flavour.

FEE.
SCORING

MIKE.
At the end of the rolling
the continuous ribbon of gum
is then cutinto a pattern for sticks,
short thicker tabs, long rolled strips
or small rectangular gum centres
depending on what type
of gum is being made.

FEE.
CONDITIONING

MIKE.
The scored gum is then
moved to a
temperature-controlled environment
to cool
and ensure the finished gum
will have the right consistency
and stay fresh on store shelves.

FEE.
Then there’s a split in the production line
the scored gum
chooses either a pellet path
or a stick path
Let’s follow the life of a pellet…
BREAKING AND COATING

MIKE.
The gum is broken into individual pieces
and fed into a spray drier
that forms the hard coating around
the individual pieces.

FEE.
PACKAGING

MIKE.
Pellet-style gum is packaged
in one of two ways
either in a blister pack
or just wrapped
after the pellets are set up in rows of ten.

FEE.
And they are ready to be chewed
Now let’s look at the sticks
and how they work…
WRAPPING

EMZY.
The sticks of gum
are broken up by
some skilled operators
who feed them into
the wrapping machine.
In one continuous process
the wrapping machine receives and
wraps the sticks
and the outer packaging
is added straight away.

FEE.
And then they’re ready
to be taken out to the big world
of barcodes
and sold
to people just like you.

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