JANUARY 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM ANNOUNCES 2005 HALLOWEEN LINEUP

AKRON, NY - Ford Gum & Machine Company has announced its Halloween lineup for 2005. According to the company, the 2005 Halloween line includes the popular HAUNTED HEADS™ Bubble Gum Balls in 12 oz. bags, YOWSER!!™ Bubble Gum Balls in 12 oz. bags, 1-lb bags of twist wrapped CHUNK-A-CHEW™ in three assorted bubble gum flavors and 1 lb. bags of original flavor CHUNK-A-CHEW™ Bubble Gum. Also available is 260 count CHUNK-A-CHEW™ Jars in both original and grape flavors as well as the 260 count CHUNK-A-CHEW™ WITCH'S KETTLE in assorted flavors. The perennial favorite Halloween POPoITZ™ Push Button Gumball Dispensers featuring three different Halloween characters is also available.

"The Ford Gum Halloween lineup for 2005 is based on creating products and packaging that fill specific market niches and at the same time offer good value for the consumer and excellent profits for the retailer," says Steve Gold, Ford Gum Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "They are specifically designed with trick-or-treat handouts in mind and to meet the trend towards at home parties during the Halloween season."

The Ford Gum Halloween 2005 line includes:

HAUNTED HEADS™

Bubble Gum Balls 12 oz bag

Fun & spooky, these black and orange gumballs feature 6 different printed Jack O'Lantern faces in each bag making them the perfect trick-or-treat handout. Orange and cherry flavors wrapped 2 gumballs per tube. Great for grocery, drug and mass merchandise stores. Available in 12-pack display-ready cases. SRP of $1.99-$2.29.

HALLOWEEN POPoITZ™

Push-Button Action Gumball Dispensers

A terrific party favor. Each 12-piece counter display contains 3 different Halloween characters in spooky blister card packages. Includes fun Halloween riddles and games and 15 gumballs in every blister pack. Refills with any standard size gumballs. SRP of $1.99.

CHUNK-A-CHEW™

Bubble Gum 1 lb Bag

Kids love this great tasting, long lasting, twist wrapped 5 g original flavor bubble gum. These brightly colored 90-piece bags are ideal for grocery, drug and discount stores. Also available in display-ready cases. SRP of $1.50 - 1.99.

CHUNK-A-CHEW™

Assorted Bubble Gum 1 lb Bag

Perfect for trick-or-treat handouts, these twist wrapped 5 g pieces come in grape, apple and original flavors. Available in 12-pack display-ready cases these brightly colored 90-piece bags are great for grocery, drug and discount stores. SRP of $1.50 - 1.99.

CHUNK-A-CHEW™ WITCH'S KETTLE

NEW FLAVOR ASSORTMENT!

The perfect choice for Halloween party givers, this 260-count reusable molded plastic kettle with handle is filled with grape, apple and original flavor Chunk-A-Chew twist wrapped bubble gum. Kettle makes a perfect trick-or-treat bucket and Halloween party item or centerpiece. High piece count combined with reusable kettle makes this an excellent consumer value. SRP of $6.99.

CHUNK-A-CHEW™ JARS

High 260 count reusable plastic jars provide exceptional value. Available in grape or original flavors and are ideal for grocery, drug and discount stores. SRP of $5.99.

YOWSER!!™

Bubble Gum in 12oz Bag

The same great look and taste of our popular Yowser!! brand gum balls in a tube. Comes in 6 fruit flavors; cherry, apple, lemon, blue raspberry, grape and orange and wrapped 2 gumballs per tube. A wonderful trick-or-treat handout and a perfect grocery, drug and mass merchandise product. Available in 12-pack display ready cases. SRP of $1.99-$2.29.

Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium gum and confectionery products. For more information on any Ford Gum products, contact Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc., Sales & Marketing offices at 640 Margarte Dri ve, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Phone: 847-955-0003. Fax: 847-955-0004. Website: www.fordgum.com. E-mail: sales@fordgum.com

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Corporate Contact:
Steve Gold, Sr. V.P. Sales & Marketing
Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc.
(847) 955-0003
sales@fordgum.com

Media Contact:
Harmon Berns
Paramark
(847) 441-5948
harmon.berns@comcast.net