Sweetfields, Inc., Jamul, the leading producer of real candied edible flowers, will have its patent issued on Oct. 4, 2011 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The processes and compositions of the invention result in patentable edible or non-edible non-perishable, flower-derived food items that have improved durability, appearance, scent, and flavor, as compared to currently available candied or crystallized flowers.
The finished products more closely resemble fresh, untreated flowers than do products produced with conventional methods and the opportunity to visually enhance the flower items with decorative components is also protected. Unlike their fresh counterparts, Sweetfields flowers have an extended shelf-life when stored properly.
"This patent plays an integral part in the mass growth of our business! Not only have we been able to significantly improve the quality and shelf-life of candied flowers, but the invention also furthers the art of making candied flower material by introducing scalable processes that allow mass production," says John Clemons, Sweetfields' Founder and Patent Inventor.
Sweetfields is a family-owned and operated business located in Southern California that grows flowers and transforms them into edible works of art. All of the flowers originate on the company's 33-acre farm in Jamul and are grown with organic principles. Sweetfields offers Violas, Pansies, Giant Pansies, Snap Dragons, Mini Roses, and Rose Petals with the following innovative finishes: SweetCrystal (crystallized), SweetGlaze (glazed and water resistant), SweetDust (semi-glazed, gold or silver dusted, and water resistant), or SweetCustom (custom creations). More is at www.sweetfields.com or call 877-98-SWEET or 760-522-3422.
Sweetfields' Founder and President, John Clemons, has been the leading grower of fresh edible flowers (Sunset Farms) since the 1980's. In the mid 1990's, Mr. Clemons came across a flower crystallization recipe and decided to try it. The art of crystallizing flowers by hand has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Anyone who has experience with this art form can probably attest to the fact that it consumes a lot of time. There are many people and businesses that do not have the time, resources, or skill to yield quality crystallized flowers but would love to have them readily available to garnish desserts, entrees, cakes or beverages with. This is where Mr. Clemons recognized that there was a huge opportunity.
In April of 1995 Mr. Clemons sold his first crystallized flower but it took him about ten years to perfect the art and science to take flower crystallization from a very tedious process into mass production. Mr. Clemons' technique enhances the natural beauty of the flower while enabling a much more even application of the solution than traditional methods. Upon identifying the components of the perfect recipe and steps to achieve a picture-perfect, mouth watering crystallized flower, Mr. Clemons applied for both domestic and international patents. Shortly after, Mr. Clemons amended the patent to include glazed flowers, gold and silver-dusted flowers, chocolate dipped crystallized flowers and some new concepts that will be introduced to the market at a later date.
In the Fall of 2009, Sweetfields formed a Joint Venture with Dress the Drink, LLC. This Joint Venture has enabled Sweetfields to focus on its core competency: producing world-class candied flowers! Dress the Drink manages the Sales and Marketing efforts for Sweetfields' flowers under the direction of Diane Svehlak, Sweetfields' New Business Development Director. To read more click here.