SEPTEMBER 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM 2006 VALENTINE GUM & CANDY LINEUP

Ford Gum & Machine Company has announced its 2006 lineup of Valentine Gum & Candy featuring a full line of gift products targeting children and classroom exchanges, two growing Valentine usage occasions.

Last year’s popular HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALL MACHINE and HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALLS in a resealable clear tub are back for 2006. Both HIP-HEARTS products feature printed Valentine messages on each gumball. Ford Gum Valentine mainstays YOWSER!! HIP-HEARTS™ in 18 ct. FRIENDSHIP PACKS, YOWSER!! HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALL HEART, the miniature VALENTINE PEEWEE™ GUMBALL DISPENSER and the world’s smallest working candy machine, the VALENTINE PIXIE™ CANDY DISPENSER will also be available for 2006. Each product features colorful Valentine packaging and accompanying Valentine messages for the holiday season.

The 2006 Ford Gum Valentine lineup includes:

HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALL MACHINES
These 10-inch tall bright red machines feature a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a colorful, whimsical Valentine pattern. Each machine includes 8-oz of red, pink and white gumballs imprinted with a special Valentine message. It is packed 8 machines per case. MSRP $7.99.

HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALLS
Each resealable clear tub contains 18-oz of red, pink and white gumballs with printed Valentine messages. It is packed 12 tubs per case. MSRP $3.99.

YOWSER!! HIP-HEARTS™ 18-Count BAG OF FRIENDSHIP PACKS
Here’s a chance to take advantage of the fast growing kids Valentine exchange market. Each bag contains 18-two ball packages of assorted red, pink and white gumballs with a special Hip-Hearts Valentine message printed on each gumball. Each Friendship Pack features a space to fill-in a To: and From: message for friends and classmates. Bag weight is 7.2 oz. Comes in a 24 pack case. MSRP $1.99.

YOWSER!! HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALL HEARTS
These clear plastic shaped hearts are filled with 2.3 oz. of red, pink and white gumballs. Each gumball is printed with a special Valentine message.14 hearts per display tray; 2 display trays per master case. MSRP $0.99.

VALENTINE PEEWEE™ GUMBALL DISPENSER
Each plastic gumball machine comes complete with 3 oz. of red, pink and white gumballs printed with Valentine messages. The “To: From:” label makes it a perfect gift. Packed 12 machines per display tray. 1 display tray per master case. MSRP $2.99.

VALENTINE PIXIE™ CANDY DISPENSER
A special red, pink and lavender assortment of shrink-wrapped Pixie candy dispensers that each have a “Happy Valentine’s Day” message on it. Packed 24 machines per display tray. 2 display trays per master case. MRSP $0.99.

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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