APRIL 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM ADDS TO 2006 CAROUSEL HOLIDAY GIFT LINE

AKRON, NY — Ford Gum & Machine Company has added two new CHRISTMAS POPITZ dispensers to its 2006 Carousel Holiday Gift Program. One dispenser displays a happy HOLIDAY PENGUIN wearing a Santa Claus hat and the other features SANTA CLAUS going down the chimney. The rest of Ford Gum’s 2006 Holiday lineup features an extensive array of gumball machines and gumball refills in all price ranges.

“The 2006 Ford Holiday Gift Program offers a broad range of merchandise for both adults and children and features a full range of price points, merchandising options and ad-on products,” says Steve Gold, Ford Gum’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “This includes everything from popular priced stocking stuffers such as the Christmas Pee Wee Gumball and Christmas Ornament Pixie Candy Dispenser to the mid-priced Champion Baseball and Football, Texas Hold’em, Fortune Teller and Carousel Petite cast aluminum gumball machines. Bigger ticket items include the nostalgic King and Old Columbia Machines, the acrylic Gumworx Machines, the SportsFan Machines and several other upscale machines.”

“This allows the retailer to offer its customers products that appeal to both adults and children at all the key price points,” explains Gold.

To showcase holiday products for the consumer and encourage impulse buying, Ford Gum offers colorful, space saving floor displays for many of its most popular machines. These displays offer the ultimate flexibility and take up just over one square foot of floor space, making them easy in-and-out holiday items. All floor stand display machines come complete with gumballs.

A variety of gumball refill options, including sugar free, are available for all machines.

The Complete 2006 Ford Gum Christmas Gift Line includes: NEW! CHRISTMAS POPITZ™
Push-Button Gumball Dispensers with 15 Gumballs Each 12-piece counter display contains both a delightful holiday penguin and Santa dispenser in colorful blister card packages. All blister cards include games and riddles and 15 assorted gumballs. Refills with standard size gumballs. One 12-Piece Counter Display Per Case. MSRP $1.99.

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.

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.

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.
18-oz. Poker Gumballs MSRP $3.99.
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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Ford Gum & Machine Company is the only manufacturer of sugar-free gumball products and is a leading producer of premium gum and confectionery products including the full line of Carousel brand Gumball machines and refills. For more information contact Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc., Sales & Marketing 640 Margate Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.  Phone: 847-955-0003.  Fax: 847-955-0004.  www.fordgum.com. Email: sales@fordgum.com.