Sneak Peek: New Product!

Sometimes, (sweet) dreams do come true!

Case in point: our brand new GUM POPS. Delicious, natural lollipops with natural bubblegum centers. They’re happening! They’re really happening!

We just got these exciting snapshots, fresh from the production line…

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Stay tuned for more details. These gum pops are coming SOON!

 

Vote for Glee!

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Our friends at Green America are giving away $5K to three green businesses, and our company is a proud finalist!

Your vote could help us win a People & Planet Award– and enable us to send complimentary Make Your Own Candy Kits to 250 schools with the prize money. How sweet would that be?

As Green America puts it, “Finalists are expected to represent an overall green way of doing business, shine in their commitment to both social and environmental responsibility, and make it easier to raise green kids.”

See how we do our best to fit that bill here. And please cast your vote by 8 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Thanks for your consideration, gum chums!

Team-Glee-2014

Glee Gum in Select Target Stores!

Glee Gum Pouches- Peppermint and Refresh-Mint

Didja hear?

Great news!

Peppermint and Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint Glee Gum Pouches can now be found at select Target stores across the country.

Stock up at the following locations. You can even grab a coupon to bring with you here!

TARGET STORE ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP
HOOVER WEST 5561 Grove Blvd Birmingham AL 35226
TUSCALOOSA 1901 13th Ave E Tuscaloosa AL 35404
HUNTSVILLE WEST 6275 University Dr NW Huntsville AL 35806
HUNTSVILLE SOUTH 2750 Carl T Jones Dr SE Ste 7 Huntsville AL 35802
BIRMINGHAM 4616 Highway 280 S Birmingham AL 35242
TRUSSVILLE 1654 Gadsden Hwy Birmingham AL 35235
MOBILE WEST 790 Schillinger Rd S Mobile AL 36695
CULVER CITY 10820 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230
THORNTON 1001 E 120th Ave Thornton CO 80233
AURORA 14200 E Ellsworth Ave Aurora CO 80012
SUPERIOR 400 Marshall Rd Superior CO 80027
DENVER SW 9390 W Cross Dr Littleton CO 80123
HIGHLANDS RANCH 1265 Sgt Jon Stiles Dr Highlands Ranch CO 80129
COLORADO SPRINGS EAST 3810 Bloomington St Colorado Springs CO 80922
CLEARWATER 2747 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater FL 33759
ORLANDO MILLENIA 4750 Millenia Plaza Way Orlando FL 32839
NEW TAMPA 1201 County Road 581 Wesley Chapel FL 33544
LAUDERHILL 7730 W Commercial Blvd Lauderhill FL 33351
HUNTERS CREEK 2155 Town Center Blvd Orlando FL 32837
PORT ORANGE 1771 Dunlawton Ave Port Orange FL 32127
MIRAMAR 16901 Miramar Pkwy Miramar FL 33027
CLERMONT 2660 East Hwy 50 Clermont FL 34711
WOODSTOCK 140 Woodstock Square Ave Woodstock GA 30189
MCDONOUGH 1850 Jonesboro Rd Mcdonough GA 30253
ROSWELL 1135 Woodstock Rd Roswell GA 30075
CUMMING 1525 Market Place Blvd Cumming GA 30041
HIRAM 5220 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy Hiram GA 30141
OAHU-HONOLULU WEST 4380 Lawehana St Honolulu HI 96818
OAHU-KAPOLEI 4450 Kapolei Pkwy  Ste 100 Kapolei HI 96707
DAVENPORT 5225 Elmore Ave Davenport IA 52807
MASON CITY 3450 4th Street SW Mason City IA 50401
CEDAR RAPIDS NORTH 1030 Blairs Ferry Rd NE Cedar Rapids IA 52402
CEDAR RAPIDS SOUTH 3400 Edgewood Rd SW Cedar Rapids IA 52404
URBANDALE 11148 Plum Dr Urbandale IA 50322
ANKENY 2135 SE Delaware Ave Ankeny IA 50021
WATERLOO 1501 E San Marnan Dr Waterloo IA 50702
ALGONQUIN 750 S Randall Rd Algonquin IL 60102
SAINT CHARLES 3885 E Main St St Charles IL 60174
MISHAWAKA 155 University Dr E Granger IN 46530
GREENWOOD SOUTH 895 S State Rd 135 Greenwood IN 46143
CARMEL WEST 10401 N Michigan Rd Carmel IN 46032
AVON 10209 E US Highway 36 Avon IN 46123
SOUTHPORT 4850 E Southport Rd Indianapolis IN 46237
LAFAYETTE 3630 South Street Lafayette IN 47905
OVERLAND PARK 12200 Blue Valley Pkwy Overland Park KS 66213
OVERLAND PARK 12200 Blue Valley Pkwy Overland Park KS 66213
SHREVEPORT 7110 Youree Dr Shreveport LA 71105
PORT HURON 4300 24th Ave Fort Gratiot MI 48059
SHOREVIEW 3800 Lexington Ave N Shoreview MN 55126
WOODBURY EAST 449 Commerce Dr Woodbury MN 55125
ROCHESTER 3827 Marketplace Dr NW Rochester MN 55901
BLAINE 1500 109th Ave NE Blaine MN 55449
PLYMOUTH 4175 Vinewood Ln N Plymouth MN 55442
MINNETONKA 4848 County Road 101 Minnetonka MN 55345
APPLE VALLEY 15150 Cedar Ave Apple Valley MN 55124
CHAMPLIN 11990 Business Park Blvd N Champlin MN 55316
SAVAGE 14333 Hwy 13 Savage MN 55378
LINO LAKES 749 Apollo Dr Lino Lakes MN 55014
LAKEVILLE 18275 Kenrick Ave Lakeville MN 55044
CHASKA 111 Pioneer Trl Chaska MN 55318
ROGERS 21615 S Diamond Lake Rd Rogers MN 55374
LIBERTY 9220 NE Barry Rd Kansas City MO 64157
LEES SUMMIT 1850 NW Chipman Rd Lees Summit MO 64081
STATELINE 1201 W 136th St Kansas City MO 64145
RALEIGH NE 7900 Old Wake Forest Rd Raleigh NC 27616
WAKE FOREST 12000 Retail Dr Wake Forest NC 27587
MOORESVILLE 594 River Hwy Mooresville NC 28117
GRAND FORKS 3601 32nd Ave S Grand Forks ND 58201
PAPILLION 718 N Washington St Papillion NE 68046
OMAHA NW 4001 N 132nd St Omaha NE 68164
OMAHA WEST 17810 W Center Rd Omaha NE 68130
TULSA S 10019 S Memorial Dr Tulsa OK 74133
TULSA SE 10711 E 71st St Tulsa OK 74133
EDMOND 1200 E 2nd St Edmond OK 73034
QUAIL SPRINGS 13924 N Pennsylvania Ave Oklahoma City OK 73134
FARRAGUT 11100 Parkside Dr Knoxville TN 37934
CORDOVA 475 N Germantown Pkwy Cordova TN 38018
LEWISVILLE 4760 State Hwy 121 Lewisville TX 75056
ALLEN NORTH 150 E Stacy Rd  Ste 2400 Allen TX 75002
WYLIE 3440 W FM 544 Wylie TX 75098
FLOWER MOUND 5959 Long Prairie Rd Flower Mound TX 75028
FRISCO 3201 Preston Rd Frisco TX 75034
ARLINGTON SOUTH 1600 W Arbrook Blvd Arlington TX 76015
SAN ANTONIO NORTH 18255 Blanco Rd San Antonio TX 78258
EULESS 1401 W Glade Rd Euless TX 76039
AUSTIN NW 10900 Lakeline Mall Dr Austin TX 78717
AUSTIN NE 12901 N I H 35 Ste 3-300 Austin TX 78753
CEDAR HILL 739 N Highway 67 Cedar Hill TX 75104
BAYBROOK 1801 W Bay Area Blvd Webster TX 77598
NORTH DALLAS COIT ROAD 16731 Coit Rd Dallas TX 75248
SAN ANTONIO WEST 11311 Bandera Rd San Antonio TX 78250
SUGARLAND 16300 Southwest Fwy Sugar Land TX 77479
HOUSTON NORTH CENTRAL 19511 I H 45 Spring TX 77388
PEARLAND 3045 Silverlake Village St Pearland TX 77584
GARLAND EAST 5301 N Garland Ave Garland TX 75040
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS 8532 Davis Blvd North Richland Hills TX 76182
BALCONES HEIGHTS CROSSROADS 4522 Fredricksburg Rd Balcones Heights TX 78201
MANSFIELD 1801 Highway 287 N Mansfield TX 76063
HURST 1400 Precinct Line Rd Hurst TX 76053
MISSOURI CITY 6000 Highway 6 Missouri City TX 77459
CLEAR LAKE SHORES 255 Marina Bay Dr Clear Lake Shores TX 77565
VISTA RIDGE 725 Hebron Pkwy Lewisville TX 75057
PASADENA 5757 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena TX 77505
RICHARDSON SQ MALL 601 S Plano Rd Richardson TX 75081
HUMBLE 20777 Hwy 59 N Humble TX 77338
FORT UNION 7025 Park Centre Dr Salt Lake City UT 84121
EAU CLAIRE 3649 S Hastings Way Eau Claire WI 54701

 

Featured Fan: We’re Star-Struck!

Jen Bricker - Featured FanJen Bricker is a self-described gum-aholic. Our favorite kind of person! She is also a freelance aerialist, motivational speaker, and spirited TV personality based in sunny Los Angeles, CA. When Jen’s not chewing Sugar-Free Lemon-Lime Glee Gum (her preferred flavor), she can be found “working out, hanging upside down, or cooking.”

Jen’s athletic talent and positive attitude are Gleeful things indeed. She was born without legs, but didn’t let that stop her from playing volleyball, basketball, and softball as a kid. Gymnastics was her main passion, and she soon excelled at tumbling, even becoming the high school state champion of her division. Adopted as a baby, she later learned that her childhood idol— Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu—was, in fact, her biological sister. The story of their happy reunion has been highlighted in several inspiring documentaries, with more in the works.

Jen grew up with three older brothers and still enjoys “playing outside with the boys.” She counts camping, sitting around a bonfire, and getting dirty riding four-wheelers among her favorite activities. But she keeps it clean when eating, which is why she loves Glee Gum. She wrote us to say, “Thank you for producing such an awesome, clean, yummy product!”

To which we say, thank YOU, Jen, for being so awesome yourself!

Wanna learn more about Jen? You can watch an interview with her from HBO Sports here and from #BeSomebody here. You can also follow her on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook!

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If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— simply send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com

Win a Year’s Supply of Gum

Want to smile more this year? Try your luck at winning a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of Sugar-Free Glee Gum and RADIUS floss sachets from this fun Facebook contest!

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We were first introduced to RADIUS floss sachets back in April, and we’ve loved them ever since. Their Vegan Cranberry Floss is made from super soft nylon, plus natural xylitol for dental health—the same sweetener we use in our Sugar-Free Glee! Their handy sachets are the perfect size to keep in your purse, pocket, or wallet, too.

And you know our Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon, Lemon-Lime, and Refresh-Mint Glee Gum is delicious. If you win this contest, you’ll enjoy two cases a month for an entire year! This just might be the biggest prize we’ve ever offered. And, there are only three days left to enter! That’s right. It all ends Friday, July 18, 2014. So, give it a go. As our friends at RADIUS say, your teeth will thank you!

Woo-Hoo for UIMQROO!

What is UIMQROO? It stands for the Maya Intercultural University of Quintana Roo, an incredible Mexican school with which our company is now partnering. This public university was started in 2007 and, from the beginning, set out to be innovative. Its mission is to contribute to social and economic development in the region of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan. And it’s doing so by developing a cadre of professionals to bring their cultural heritage to bear and use their training to create positive changes there.

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This past May, our company president Deborah Schimberg visited the campus of UIMQROO to guest-lecture a class on social entrepreneurship. She explained how her interest in the sustainable harvest of chicle, the tree sap used to make gum chewy, led to her development of Glee Gum. Many of the students in attendance had family members who harvested chicle. It was a rare and exciting opportunity to close the circle of production from tree to Glee!

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UIMQROO is focused on multilingualism, so all students learn in Spanish, Maya, and English. The university is also focused on interculturalism. For example, each summer, students return to their homes to apply their studies to actual problems happening in their respective villages. Students can earn degrees in one of eight areas of study: Agro-ecology, Municipal Management, Language & Culture, Community Health, Alternative Tourism, Intercultural Education & Arts Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Information and Communication Technology.

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At the present time, there are about 550 students at UIMQROO— 97% of whom are on financial aid. Our company, Verve, is proud to contribute to the UIMQROO’s financial aid budget, helping to make it possible for students to attend and thrive in this truly unique school. We’ll keep you updated as we work to find more ways of supporting UIMQROO and its students!

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The Story behind our Kosher Seal

Kosher Pic Kosher foods comply with traditional Jewish dietary laws for preparation and processing, and adhere to strict standards of quality and food safety.

Glee Gum’s kosher certification comes from the International Kosher Council, an Orthodox certification program directed by Rabbi Zev Schwarcz. He recently took the time to tell us why only some gum can bear the seal.

“There are two issues with gum that possibly can cause kosher concerns,” notes Rabbi Schwarcz. “First, the flavors need to come from kosher sources. Also, according to many opinions, even though the gum base is not ingested, it needs to be certified too since it does go into the mouth.”

Rabbi Schwarcz received his Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, OH. A longtime pulpit Rabbi, he also worked for over 20 years in kosher certification before founding the International Kosher Council (IKC), an internationally recognized agency. Whenever his bustling schedule affords him the opportunity to chew gum, Rabbi Schwarcz favors Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon and Classic Triple Berry Glee. He’s a real mensch!

Featured Fan: Spitting Image (Pun Intended)

Featured Fan Jordan Jordan C. attends 3rd grade in Wrentham, MA. She usually gets her Glee Gum from Whole Foods or Healthy Appetites. And she can’t decide which flavor she likes best because, as she says, “I like them all!”

Fun fact about Jordan: she just might have a doppelgänger. Ever seen the 2005 film “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? While Jordan’s love of gum could remind you of Violet Beauregard, the character she most closely resembles is, in fact, Veruca Salt. (In appearance only, of course). Another fun fact about Jordan: “When I’m not chewing gum, I’m a chatterbox!”

“We were very frustrated that almost all gum on the market has aspartame,” Jordan’s mom Bonnie explains. “Glee Gum has made it possible for her to chew gum.”

During assessment testing at school this year, Jordan’s teacher allowed the students to chew mint gum to aid their focus and concentration. Bonnie recalls, “Jordan was all but bouncing off the walls to be able to chew Spearmint Glee in class.”

Jordan and Bonnie, we’re oh so glad you found us! And hey, maybe we should try to make a three-course gum like that one in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”—minus the whole turning-the-chewer-into-a-blueberry part.

If you would like to be considered as our next “Featured Fan”—and win a case of Glee Gum for the honor— just send an email introducing yourself to our mascot, gleeguy@gleegum.com.