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Tour Bay Area Food Factories

May 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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Reporting Brian Hackney

All kinds of delicious food is made right here in the Bay Area. Go behind the scenes and see how it’s made, from popular Peet’s Coffee to the famed Semifreddi’s Bakery. Yum!

San Francisco Suspender Factory
1425 63rd Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-5400
More InformationOur first stop isn’t a food find, but a fashion one. It’s been almost 200 years old since the first suspenders have appeared in England. For 30 years, John Nemic has operated the family-run Suspender Factory in Emeryville, which houses 3 million yards of suspender material. As a result, the San Francisco Suspender Factory creates 5,000 suspenders a day. And nope, they’re not even in San Francisco.

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Coffee Beans (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
1365 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 473-0136
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Peet’s Coffee is created in their state of the art roastery, located in Alameda. The roasting may be mechanized, but the process has a definite human touch. Doug Welsh, Roast Master at Peet’s Coffee, travels the world in search of coffee beans to ship to Peet’s Coffee everyday. Go behind the scenes and check out the work behind your morning mug.

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Bread (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Semifreddi’s Bakery
1980 N Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502
(510) 596-9930
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Owner Tom Frainier insists that their Alameda 33,000 square foot facility is just a nice, little bakery that produces 170,000 loaves of bread and 30,000 pastries a week. Bur Semifreddi’s is a Bay Area treasure. Their popular, organic loaves of unbelievably wonderful bread grace the tables at some of the finest restaurants in the Bay Area, and of course, the homes of locals as well.
Dave’s pick: The sourdough baguette.

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Eggo Waffles (credit: CBS News)

Eggo Waffles
475 Eggo Way
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 295-8656
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In 2009, when two out of the four Eggo Waffle factories had to shut down, production was moved to the San Jose facility. Kelloggs does not allow tours in this Eggo facility, but who knew Eggo’s were made in San Jose?

Ready to bite into another foodie adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Food & Drink section and discover the best of the Bay.

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