SEPTEMBER 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM ADDS TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER TO INTERACTIVE GUMBALL MACHINE LINE

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL —Ford Gum & Machine Company has added the popular poker game TEXAS HOLD ‘EM to its line of CAROUSEL INTERACTIVE GUMBALL MACHINES.

The TEXAS HOLD’EM GUMBALL MACHINE is an elegant black machine that features a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a poker design. Each 10-inch tall machine includes 8-oz. of assorted color poker gumballs with a playing card value printed on each gumball. Printed gumballs create a fun, interactive Texas Hold ‘Em poker game for two or more players. Game rules are included. Machines are packed 8 per case. MSRP $9.99. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM machines are also available in an 18 ct. floorstand display.

To accompany the TEXAS HOLD’EM machine, Ford has added a POKER GUMBALLS refill that holds 18-oz of printed poker gumballs. MSRP $4.99.

TEXAS HOLD’EM joins Ford’s line of interactive machines… FORTUNE TELLER, CHAMPION BASEBALL and CHAMPION FOOTBALL… all of which include 8-oz of specialty printed gumballs. All four machines in the interactive line are available in colorful, space saving 18-count floorstand displays.

“All you have to do is turn on your television set to see how popular TEXAS HOLD ‘EM poker has become”, says Steve Gold, Ford Gum’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Consumer interest is widespread, crossing all ages, geographies and seasons. The TEXAS HOLD ‘EM GUMBALL MACHINE taps directly into this large crossover market of poker fans at an affordable price point.”

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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