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Keep up with all the goings-on in the world of Glee.

Sealed with Glee

Getting hand-written mail is the best.

And increasingly rare.

Thanks to Megan in Pennsylvania for sending this li’l love letter to us. You made our day!

October Glee fan mail

Glee Plantin’ Trees

We feel pretty strongly about trees here at Glee. By which we mean, we LOVE them.

Glee Gum is made with sustainably harvested chicle from sapodilla trees (and you can watch that process here!). Our company is also a proud partner of Trees for the Future, an agroforestry resource center that brings sustainable land management programs to developing countries (we welcome you to participate in our related tree planting program here!).

This past weekend, we got a chance to do some tree planting right near our Rhode Island headquarters. Thanks to a splendid award from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, we received free trees (plus soil and sidewalk preparation) in exchange for several hours of volunteer time spent planting them. Neighbors joined our Gleeful crew, and we planted a total of 18 beautiful new trees in Upper South Providence. We can’t wait to watch them grow!

Here are a few snapshots from the day.

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Happy Non-GMO Month!

Non-GMO MonthNon-GMO Month kicks off today, and Glee Gum is a proud sponsor. Join the fun!

Created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness, Non-GMO Month provides a great opportunity to stand up for the right to know what’s in our food.

Sixty-four countries around the world have mandatory GMO labeling or outright bans, including Australia, Japan, China, Russia, and the EU. Not the US, where as much as 80% of packaged food sold in grocery stores contains GMOs. There’s no better time to check out the Non-GMO Project Verified product list. Plus, you can support labeling measures, enter to win daily giveaways, and learn more at NonGMOMonth.org. Enjoy!

Introducing Glee Gum Pops

They’re here! They’re here! And, just in time for Halloween!
Meet our brand new, 100% natural gum pops— hard candy lollipops with ooey, gooey, bubblegum centers.
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Our limited release, special edition pack of ten pops is a swell alternative to conventional Halloween treats. Each pack contains a mix of three delicious flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. Gluten-free and allergy-friendly, these pops are made without scary ingredients: no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Simply spook-tacular treats! Give the new Halloween Glee Gum Pops a go. Your trick-or-treaters will thank ya!

 

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

Sweet News about Gum Sales

“Gum is getting chewed out, but one portion of the market is staying sweet,” writes Bo McMillan of CNBC.

Guess which one he means!

Hint: it’s the natural choice to chew.

Check out his article, entitled “Here’s one market bubble that hasn’t popped.”

And don’t forget to pop a piece of gum while you read!

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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 STOREADDRESSCITYSTATEZIP
HOOVER WEST5561 Grove BlvdBirminghamAL35226
TUSCALOOSA1901 13th Ave ETuscaloosaAL35404
HUNTSVILLE WEST6275 University Dr NWHuntsvilleAL35806
HUNTSVILLE SOUTH2750 Carl T Jones Dr SE Ste 7HuntsvilleAL35802
BIRMINGHAM4616 Highway 280 SBirminghamAL35242
TRUSSVILLE1654 Gadsden HwyBirminghamAL35235
MOBILE WEST790 Schillinger Rd SMobileAL36695
CULVER CITY10820 Jefferson BlvdCulver CityCA90230
THORNTON1001 E 120th AveThorntonCO80233
AURORA14200 E Ellsworth AveAuroraCO80012
SUPERIOR400 Marshall RdSuperiorCO80027
DENVER SW9390 W Cross DrLittletonCO80123
HIGHLANDS RANCH1265 Sgt Jon Stiles DrHighlands RanchCO80129
COLORADO SPRINGS EAST3810 Bloomington StColorado SpringsCO80922
CLEARWATER2747 Gulf to Bay BlvdClearwaterFL33759
ORLANDO MILLENIA4750 Millenia Plaza WayOrlandoFL32839
NEW TAMPA1201 County Road 581Wesley ChapelFL33544
LAUDERHILL7730 W Commercial BlvdLauderhillFL33351
HUNTERS CREEK2155 Town Center BlvdOrlandoFL32837
PORT ORANGE1771 Dunlawton AvePort OrangeFL32127
MIRAMAR16901 Miramar PkwyMiramarFL33027
CLERMONT2660 East Hwy 50ClermontFL34711
WOODSTOCK140 Woodstock Square AveWoodstockGA30189
MCDONOUGH1850 Jonesboro RdMcdonoughGA30253
ROSWELL1135 Woodstock RdRoswellGA30075
CUMMING1525 Market Place BlvdCummingGA30041
HIRAM5220 Jimmy Lee Smith PkwyHiramGA30141
OAHU-HONOLULU WEST4380 Lawehana StHonoluluHI96818
OAHU-KAPOLEI4450 Kapolei Pkwy  Ste 100KapoleiHI96707
DAVENPORT5225 Elmore AveDavenportIA52807
MASON CITY3450 4th Street SWMason CityIA50401
CEDAR RAPIDS NORTH1030 Blairs Ferry Rd NECedar RapidsIA52402
CEDAR RAPIDS SOUTH3400 Edgewood Rd SWCedar RapidsIA52404
URBANDALE11148 Plum DrUrbandaleIA50322
ANKENY2135 SE Delaware AveAnkenyIA50021
WATERLOO1501 E San Marnan DrWaterlooIA50702
ALGONQUIN750 S Randall RdAlgonquinIL60102
SAINT CHARLES3885 E Main StSt CharlesIL60174
MISHAWAKA155 University Dr EGrangerIN46530
GREENWOOD SOUTH895 S State Rd 135GreenwoodIN46143
CARMEL WEST10401 N Michigan RdCarmelIN46032
AVON10209 E US Highway 36AvonIN46123
SOUTHPORT4850 E Southport RdIndianapolisIN46237
LAFAYETTE3630 South StreetLafayetteIN47905
OVERLAND PARK12200 Blue Valley PkwyOverland ParkKS66213
OVERLAND PARK12200 Blue Valley PkwyOverland ParkKS66213
SHREVEPORT7110 Youree DrShreveportLA71105
PORT HURON4300 24th AveFort GratiotMI48059
SHOREVIEW3800 Lexington Ave NShoreviewMN55126
WOODBURY EAST449 Commerce DrWoodburyMN55125
ROCHESTER3827 Marketplace Dr NWRochesterMN55901
BLAINE1500 109th Ave NEBlaineMN55449
PLYMOUTH4175 Vinewood Ln NPlymouthMN55442
MINNETONKA4848 County Road 101MinnetonkaMN55345
APPLE VALLEY15150 Cedar AveApple ValleyMN55124
CHAMPLIN11990 Business Park Blvd NChamplinMN55316
SAVAGE14333 Hwy 13SavageMN55378
LINO LAKES749 Apollo DrLino LakesMN55014
LAKEVILLE18275 Kenrick AveLakevilleMN55044
CHASKA111 Pioneer TrlChaskaMN55318
ROGERS21615 S Diamond Lake RdRogersMN55374
LIBERTY9220 NE Barry RdKansas CityMO64157
LEES SUMMIT1850 NW Chipman RdLees SummitMO64081
STATELINE1201 W 136th StKansas CityMO64145
RALEIGH NE7900 Old Wake Forest RdRaleighNC27616
WAKE FOREST12000 Retail DrWake ForestNC27587
MOORESVILLE594 River HwyMooresvilleNC28117
GRAND FORKS3601 32nd Ave SGrand ForksND58201
PAPILLION718 N Washington StPapillionNE68046
OMAHA NW4001 N 132nd StOmahaNE68164
OMAHA WEST17810 W Center RdOmahaNE68130
TULSA S10019 S Memorial DrTulsaOK74133
TULSA SE10711 E 71st StTulsaOK74133
EDMOND1200 E 2nd StEdmondOK73034
QUAIL SPRINGS13924 N Pennsylvania AveOklahoma CityOK73134
FARRAGUT11100 Parkside DrKnoxvilleTN37934
CORDOVA475 N Germantown PkwyCordovaTN38018
LEWISVILLE4760 State Hwy 121LewisvilleTX75056
ALLEN NORTH150 E Stacy Rd  Ste 2400AllenTX75002
WYLIE3440 W FM 544WylieTX75098
FLOWER MOUND5959 Long Prairie RdFlower MoundTX75028
FRISCO3201 Preston RdFriscoTX75034
ARLINGTON SOUTH1600 W Arbrook BlvdArlingtonTX76015
SAN ANTONIO NORTH18255 Blanco RdSan AntonioTX78258
EULESS1401 W Glade RdEulessTX76039
AUSTIN NW10900 Lakeline Mall DrAustinTX78717
AUSTIN NE12901 N I H 35 Ste 3-300AustinTX78753
CEDAR HILL739 N Highway 67Cedar HillTX75104
BAYBROOK1801 W Bay Area BlvdWebsterTX77598
NORTH DALLAS COIT ROAD16731 Coit RdDallasTX75248
SAN ANTONIO WEST11311 Bandera RdSan AntonioTX78250
SUGARLAND16300 Southwest FwySugar LandTX77479
HOUSTON NORTH CENTRAL19511 I H 45SpringTX77388
PEARLAND3045 Silverlake Village StPearlandTX77584
GARLAND EAST5301 N Garland AveGarlandTX75040
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS8532 Davis BlvdNorth Richland HillsTX76182
BALCONES HEIGHTS CROSSROADS4522 Fredricksburg RdBalcones HeightsTX78201
MANSFIELD1801 Highway 287 NMansfieldTX76063
HURST1400 Precinct Line RdHurstTX76053
MISSOURI CITY6000 Highway 6Missouri CityTX77459
CLEAR LAKE SHORES255 Marina Bay DrClear Lake ShoresTX77565
VISTA RIDGE725 Hebron PkwyLewisvilleTX75057
PASADENA5757 Fairmont PkwyPasadenaTX77505
RICHARDSON SQ MALL601 S Plano RdRichardsonTX75081
HUMBLE20777 Hwy 59 NHumbleTX77338
FORT UNION7025 Park Centre DrSalt Lake CityUT84121
EAU CLAIRE3649 S Hastings WayEau ClaireWI54701

 

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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What's the Difference?

Ever wondered what makes Glee Gum so different from mainstream gum?

Our pals at Naturally Savvy created this helpful “alternagraphic” to highlight just that. Check it out!

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