MAY 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD GUM 2007 VALENTINE GUM & CANDY LINEUP

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — Ford Gum & Machine Company has announced its 2007 lineup of Valentine Gum & Candy featuring two new items as well as a full line of gift products and classroom exchange novelties, two fast growing Valentine usage occasions.

New for the 2007 Valentine season is SOUR PUCKER UP! ROLLY POP™, super sour cherry and blue raspberry liquid candy that rolls right on to your tongue and is so sour it makes you pucker up. HIP HEARTS™ FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE GUMBALLS come in an 18-count bag of friendship gumball packs that are perfect for classroom exchanges. Each individual pack includes 4 gumballs with printed Valentine messages in red, pink and white. There is space to fill in “To:/From:” messages for friends and classmates.

Last year’s popular HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALL MACHINE and HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALLS in a resealable clear tub are back for 2007. Both HIP-HEARTS products feature Valentine messages printed 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 are also available for 2007. Each product features colorful Valentine packaging and accompanying Valentine messages for the holiday season.

The 2007 Ford Gum Valentine lineup includes:

NEW!
SOUR PUCKER UP! ROLLY POP™

Super Sour Cherry and Blue Raspberry liquid candy that rolls right on to your tongue. So sour they make you pucker up! 24 per display. 3 displays per case. SRP $0.79.

NEW!
HIP HEARTS™ FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE GUMBALLS

The 18-count bag of friendship gumball packs is perfect for classroom exchanges! Each individual bag includes 4 gumballs, printed with Valentine messages, in red, pink, and white. There is space to fill in “To:/From:” messages for friends and classmates. 24 bags per case. SRP $1.99.

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. Packed 8 machines per case. SRP $7.99.

HIP-HEARTS™ GUMBALLS
Each resealable clear tub contains 18-oz of red, pink and white gumballs with printed Valentine messages. Packed 12 tubs per case. SRP $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. SRP $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. SRP $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. SRP $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. SRP $0.99.

Corporate Contact:
Steve Greene, Sr. V.P. Sales & Marketing
Ford Gum & Machine Company, Inc.
Phone: 847-955-0003
E-mail: sales@fordgum.com

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.