SEPTEMBER 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM ADDS TO 2005 CAROUSEL HOLIDAY LINE

Ford Gum & Machine Company has introduced its 2005 Carousel Holiday Gift Program featuring an extensive lineup of gumball machines and gumball refills in all price ranges. Ford Gum has added several new Carousel gumball machines to the 2005 holiday lineup. The Carousel SPORTS FAN and TEXAS HOLD ‘EM gumball machines and a POKER GUMBALLS refill tub.

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 game for two or more players. Game rules are included. To accompany the TEXAS HOLD’EM machine, Ford has added a POKER GUMBALLS refill that holds 18-oz of printed gumballs. 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 also available in 18-count floorstand displays.

The new line of Carousel SPORTS FAN GUMBALL MACHINES are beautifully detailed machines that feature three different sports designs — baseball, football and golf. The dispensing mechanism on each machine is made of a detailed molded and hand painted icon specific to that sport — a baseball with red stitching on the baseball machine, a football with authentic looking lacing on the football machine and a golf club with a realistic golf ball on the golf version. Each 12-inch tall machine is of the highest quality, made from die cast aluminum with a real glass globe. All machines hold up to 2 lbs of gumballs and can dispense gumballs, peanuts or candy. The machines do not require coins.

“Consumer interest in both sports and poker is widespread, crossing all ages, geographies and seasons,” says Steve Gold, Ford Gum’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Our new Carousel TEXAS HOLD ‘EM and SPORTS FAN gumball machines make perfect holiday gift items for sports and poker fans.”

To showcase Christmas products for the consumer and encourage impulse buying, Ford Gum features colorful, space saving floor displays for many of its machines. These products include both machine and gum and provide fast and easy “in and out seasonal programs” for retailers in a gift price range of $7.99—$14.99.

Other varieties of Christmas products available range from the popular “Classic” KING, JUNIOR and PETITE GUMBALL MACHINES to such favorites as the antiqued OLD COLUMBIA and AMERICANA POSTAL BANK. A variety of gumball refill options, including sugar free, are available for all machines. Most importantly for retailers, the array of price points available make them appealing to a wide range of consumers.

The Complete 2005 Ford Gum Christmas Gift Line includes:

NEW!

TEXAS HOLD’EM GUMBALL MACHINE
Elegant black machine that features a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a poker design. Each10-inch tall machine includes 8-oz. pf assorted color poker gumballs with a playing card printed on each gumball. Printed gumballs create a fun, interactive Texas Hold ‘Em game for two or more players. Game rules are included. Packed 8 per case. MSRP $7.99. Also available in 18 ct. floorstand display.

NEW!

SPORTFAN GUMBALL MACHINES — Baseball, Football and Golf
The beautifully detailed machines feature three different sports designs--baseball, football and golf-- that are perfect for sports fans everywhere. The dispensing mechanism on each machine is made of a detailed molded and hand painted icon specific to that sport…a baseball with red stitching on the baseball machine, a football with authentic looking lacing on the football machine, and a golf club with a realistic golf ball on the golf version. Each 12” tall machine is of the highest quality, made from die cast aluminum with a real glass globe. All machines hold up to 2 lbs of gumballs and can dispense gumballs, peanuts or candy. The dispensers do not require coins. Packed 4 per case. MSRP $22.99.

FORTUNE TELLER GUMBALL MACHINE.
With its striking mystical appearance, the midnight blue colored FORTUNE TELLER GUMBALL MACHINE features a glitter-flecked globe and a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a celestial pattern. Every 10-inch tall machine comes filled with 8 oz. of assorted gumballs featuring a ‘fortune’ printed on each gumball. Packed 12 per case. MSRP $7.99. Also available in 18 ct. floorstand display.

CHAMPION BASEBALL GUMBALL MACHINE
Stands 10-inches tall and features a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a baseball pattern. Includes 8-oz of gumballs with a baseball play printed on each gumball. The printed gumballs create a fun, interactive baseball game. Kids will have hours of fun with these colorful gumball machines. Complete game rules are included on the package. Packed 8 machines per case. MSRP $7.99. Also available in 18 ct. floorstand display.

CHAMPION FOOTBALL GUMBALL MACHINE
A fully functional gumball machine that stands 10-inches tall and features a spiral drop chute dispenser imprinted with a football pattern. It includes 8-oz of gumballs with a football play imprinted on each gumball. The printed gumballs create an exciting, interactive football game. Complete game rules are included on the package. Packed 8 machines per case. MSRP $7.99. Also available in 18 ct. floorstand display.

COMPLETE PETITE GUMBALL MACHINE WITH GUMBALLS
The 9 inch PETITE Size Antique Gumball Machine packed with an 8-oz. bag of assorted Carousel gumballs. Beautifully detailed and made of cast aluminum with a real glass globe. Machines are 9-inches tall. Packed 12 per case. SRP $14.99. Also available in 18 ct. floorstand display.

KING, JUNIOR and PETITE ANTIQUE GUMBALL MACHINES
All-metal gumball machines with glass globes in three sizes. The KING size stands 15 inches tall, the JUNIOR Size Gumball Machine stands 11 inches tall and the PETITE Size Gumball Machine stands 9 inches tall. These antiqued style gumball machines make a perfect gift for kids and adults. Each dispenser is a fully functional, beautifully detailed, durable, gumball machine, that features a bright red cast aluminum base and top with a glass globe. The machines will also dispense peanuts or candy. Coin mechanism accepts pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, or can be adjusted for free dispensing. A black antique style cast aluminum stand that fits into the base of the KING machine is also available. KING size gumball machine packed 4 per case. MSRP $39.99 w/stand $59.99. JUNIOR size gumball machine is packed 6 per case. MSRP $19.99. PETITE size gumball machine is packed 12 per case. MSRP $13.99.

GUMWORX TRANSLUCENT GUMBALL MACHINE BANK
Features a real glass globe and a translucent base made of scratch resistant acrylic that allows you to watch the gumball roll down the chute and the coins drop into the bank. The 11-inch tall gumball banks come in purple, blue and green and hold 32-oz. of standard size gumballs. The bank accepts pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters or can be set for free dispensing. Packed 6 per case in assorted colors. MSRP $19.99.

OLD COLUMBIA GUMBALL MACHINE
Authentic reproduction of a 1930’s gumball machine bank. Beautifully detailed, fully functional, stands over 15 inches tall and features a durable bright red cast aluminum base. Great in the den, family room, kids’ room or office. Packed 4 units per case. MSRP $49.99.

JUKEBOX GUMBALL MACHINE
Nostalgic and durable black cast aluminum that looks like an old 1950’s jukebox. Stands 9 1/2 inches tall and hold 24 oz of Carousel gumballs. Accepts pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters and can be adjusted for free dispensing. Packed 6 per case. MSRP $19.99.

TOPPER GUMBALL MACHINE
Square cast aluminum body with a real glass square top. Stands over 10 inches tall and holds 24 oz of Carousel gumballs. Accepts pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters and can be adjusted for free dispensing. Packed 6 per case. MSRP $19.99.

AMERICANA POSTAL BANK
An authentic reproduction of an antique U.S. Post Office Lock Box. It stands over 6 inches tall and features a beautiful wood finish, dual combination locks and metal doors and locks. Each American Postal Bank is individually numbered. Packed 6 per case. MSRP $39.99.

PICTURE PERFECT GUMBALL MACHINE
A working gumball dispenser that's a framed piece of art that can hang on any wall, just like a picture. 15 inches high by 12 inches wide and features a simulated, stained-glass picture of an antique gumball machine in a wood-grained plastic frame. Packed with 8 oz. of assorted Carousel gumballs and is refillable. Packaged in a full color clamshell that stands on a shelf or hangs on a pegboard for maximum consumer visibility. Packed 6 units per case. MSRP $19.99.

PLASTIC SNACK DISPENSERS

A unique plastic dispenser with a flip handle opening that dispenses snacks, candy and treats. Stands 9.5 inches tall and comes in red, blue and white and an assortment of pastel colors. Packed 6 units per case. MSRP $5.99.

CAROUSEL GUMBALL REFILLS
Refills for all Carousel Gumball Machines are available in a variety of sizes and gumball types. 18-oz. Refill Pouch MSRP $2.99.
53-oz. Refill Jar MSRP $8.99.
62-oz. Refill Box MSRP $10.99.
18-oz. Champion Baseball Gumballs MSRP $3.99.
18-oz. Champion Football Gumballs MSRP $3.99.
NEW! 18-oz. Poker Gumballs MSRP $3.99.
NEW! 9-oz. Sugar Free Pouch MSRP $2.99.
16-oz. Sugar Free Gumballs MSRP $5.99.
16-oz. Fortune Gumballs MSRP $3.99.


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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