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Save Big on Glee Gum Pouches!

A fun new flavor.
A big new size.
And, now, an in-store coupon!

Save $0.75 on our resealable & recyclable Glee Gum pouches next time you see ’em on the store shelf. Each pouch comes packed with 75 pieces of delicious chewing gum in Bubblegum, Peppermint, Sugar-Free Refresh-Mint, or new Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon flavor. The handy size is ideal for sharing and for keeping gum fresh on the go.

Save 75 Cents on Pouches Glee Gum Coupon - 2014 Click here for a print-able version. And enjoy!

Holiday Cheer at the End of the Year

Season’s greetings and thanks from Glee Gum.

We wish you the best in the year to come!

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Glee for All this Fall

What a fall. We had a ball!

Case in point: the Saturday that Glee Gum was a teeny, tiny, chewy part of the Mullet Marathon High Five 5K in Sandwich, MA.

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And then they sent us this amazing thank you card.

Thank You Card from the Mullet 5K - Oct 2013

Or the time Whole Foods Lake Grove gave out Glee Gum at Stonybrook University…

Glee Gum at Stonybrook University with Whole Foods Lake Grove

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There was lots of fun to be had at the Patchwork Show: Edible Edition in Costa Mesa, CA with the Cool Kids Guide

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Plus, that special day when customers at Nutrition Network in Winfield, IL got some sweet surprises.

More Glee Gum at Nutrition Network

Glee Gum at Nutrition Network

Not to mention, we joined Fairtrade Canada in celebrating the first ever Fair Trade Campus Week at universities across Canada. Bonus: this often involved people dressed like bananas.

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AND, we made our Gleeful presence known at trade shows throughout North America.

Glee Gum at Natural Products Expo 2013

Trick or Treaters at Whole Foods Market Edgewater Halloween 2013

Oh, aaaaand, Glee Gum made the treat list at Green Halloween and alternative trick-or-treating events all over the US…

Like the one to the right at Whole Foods Market Edgewater. How lucky were we?

Hope you had a terrific autumn too, gum chums. And hope your winter is even more wonderful!

Or, at the very least, filled with ample opportunity for gum-chewing.

Yankee Magazine Salutes Glee!

What’s that bright light? Why, it’s Glee Gum, basking in the glow of winning an exciting award! (Horns. We toot ’em. We just can’t help ourselves.)

Glee Gum has been named a 2013 “Editors’ Choice Food Awards” winner in Yankee Magazine’s November/ December issue, on newsstands now!

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This exclusive designation recognizes Yankee editors’ favorite artisanal New England foods—the best cheeses, charcuterie, jams, chocolates, mustards, and more. (Hungry yet?) In this inaugural year of the Awards, Glee Gum proudly joins a select group of tasty treats featured in the chocolate and candy category. Sweet!

“Great ideas may come in tiny packages,” Yankee Magazine suggests in describing Glee Gum. We couldn’t agree more! To view all the Award winners, visit: YankeeMagazine.com/foodawards. And to see Glee specifically, look-y here.

OK, back to basking. Ahhhh…. Thanks, Yankee Magazine!

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This Year's Green Halloween Scene

Just two weeks until Halloween! As we mentioned, we’re eek-cited.

Wanna join us in getting in the spooky spirit of the season? Below are some upcoming Green Halloween® events sure to be a hoot and a howl. Glee Gum will be there too, woo-hoo! Please check out the individual event pages for details and updates.

In addition to all this hooting and howling, we’re looking forward to doing some chirping and Tweeting next week at the #GreenHalloween Twitter party! RSVP here for a chance to win lots of neat and sweet prizes, and be sure to save the date of Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 9 pm ET.

Glee-ful Halloween

Nightmare at Elmwood at Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA

~ October 10th-20th, 2013

4th Annual Green Halloween Festival at Montgomeryville Mall, North Wales, PA 

~ October 19th, 2013

Green Halloween Downtown Oak Park in Chicago, IL

~ October 19th, 2013

The Great Green Halloween Playdate at Pier 62 in New York, NY

~ October 19th, 2013

Hill House Halloween at Hill House in Boston, MA

~ October 24th, 2013

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo in Dallas, TX

~ October 24th-27th, 2013

Slither and Squeak at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo, CA

~ October 25th, 2013

Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL

~ October 26th, 2013

Chicago Green Halloween at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg, IL

~ October 26th, 2013

Green Scare on the Square at 107 South Church St. in Nashville, TN

~ October 26th, 2013

Halloween at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Portland, OR

~ October 26th, 2013

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI

~ October 26th, 2013

Franklin Park Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA

~ October 26th-27th, 2013

The Great Green Halloween Playdate at The Pump Station in Santa Monica, CA

~ October 26th-28th, 2013

Brookfield Place Winter Garden & Plaza Screamin’ Green Halloween in New York, NY

~ October 27th, 2013

Trick or Treat on the Waterfront in Seattle, WA

~ October 27th, 2013

Green Halloween at the Witch’s House in Beverly Hills, CA

~ October 31st, 2013

Phew. That’s a long list! But, believe it or not, you can find even more events (and other great ways to celebrate the holiday) at GreenHalloween.org. HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEEEEEEEEN!

Surprise! New Flavor, New Size

We fielded suggestions. We tried different formulas. We chewed and reviewed and brooded and, at times, feuded. You see, even in the happy halls of a candy company, tough decisions can take awhile. But finally, finally, we came to a delicious conclusion. And now, we’re ready and eager to announce the newest Glee Gum flavor.

Introducing (drum roll, please…) Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon!

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Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon Glee Gum is one heck of a fun, new flavor. It’s the sweet taste of summer, all year long. It’s that most refreshing of fruits and vegetables—and yes, it is considered both a fruit (it’s a melon) and a veggie (it’s a gourd). And that’s not all! Sugar-Free Wild Watermelon also comes in our newest pack size: resealable & recyclable pouches of 75 pieces of gum. The handy new pouches keep gum fresh when you’re on the go. And they’re ideal for sharing—if you dare!

Fun Program for Foodies

Love to snack? Here’s a way to also give back. The fine folks at Love with Food offer a monthly subscription box of unique, gourmet goodies. For each box sold, they donate a meal to a food bank. Via the Feeding America network and programs like Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Love with Food has donated more than 100,400 meals to date!

Love with Food invites Glee Gum fans to take advantage of a special offer: try your 1st month FREE with promotional code GLEEGUMVIP (now through 10/31/2013). This is a great way to discover new, hard-to-find, tasty, organic and natural snacks, delivered straight to your door, for as low as $10 per month. Most satisfying of all, you help to donate a meal to the hungry while you’re at it. Visit LoveWithFood.com to learn more, and bon appétit!

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Green Halloween: Still a Scream!

The air feels cooler. The leaves look redder. And pumpkins are sprouting on front porches. It can only mean one thing. It’s almost Halloweeeeeen!

Glee in the Community Image Green HalloweenThis season is our hands-down favorite here at Glee. And, for the sixth year in a row, we’re proud to partner with Green Halloween®, a grassroots initiative striving to create healthier, eco-friendlier holidays—starting with this one. Together, we plan to enjoy the most spook-tacular, eek-o-friendly Halloween yet!

Keep your eyes peeled (and palms open) for Mini Glee Gum samples at upcoming Green Halloween® happenings from New York to L.A., Nashville to San Francisco, Boston to Portland, and beyond. And visit GreenHalloween.org to find fun local events, swap synthetic sweets for healthier treats, get green costume ideas, and more. Way more!

For starters, check out a horde of Halloween ideas posted on GreenHalloween.org just this week. There are also sweet contests and Gleeful giveaways scheduled all month long. And this Thursday night, October 3rd (9-10 pm ET/ 6-7 pm PT), join Green Halloween® for a Twitter party extravaganza. Follow party hosts @GreenHalloween, @Veritey, and @Healthy_Child as they post healthy and sustainable #GreenHalloween tips that you won’t want to miss. RSVP here for a chance to win great prizes!

Launched in Seattle in 2007 by a mother of two, in partnership with non-profit organizations, leading natural food brands, and community volunteers coast-to-coast, Green Halloween® is now a nationwide movement. It inspires healthier choices (both for kids and for the planet) and offers easy, affordable, and fun solutions. Green Halloween® is powered by Veritey, a healthy living resource that enables consumers to make safe, effective product choices.

So, forget orange and black. Let’s add some much-needed green to this Halloween!

P.S. Just a li’l reminder: a certain Mini Glee Variety Pack of ours makes a terrific sweet for trick-or-treaters! That is, if you like your neighbors and their respective mini-me’s. If not, it makes a terrific treat for you to enjoy all by yourself!

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Non-GMO Project Verified!

jpegOctober marks the national celebration of Non-GMO Month. And we’re especially excited to celebrate this year, because Glee Gum just became the world’s first Non-GMO Project Verified chewing gum!

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes are still being researched. Non-GMO Project Verification signifies that all flavors of Glee Gum have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—following rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including segregation and traceability to prevent contamination.

“We believe in consumers’ right to know when GMOs are in their food,” our company founder and president Deborah Schimberg explains. “And we hope that the US will join the 60-plus other countries around the world that require labeling. In the meantime, it was important to our company and our customers to seek Non-GMO Project Verification for Glee Gum. We’re thrilled to receive it, and consider it another great reason to feel good about chewing Glee.”

Since October 2011, Glee Gum has been a proud partner of the Just Label It! campaign, advocating for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. And since that time, we’ve seen the grassroots movement for GMO labeling continue to grow and gain momentum. A 2012 Mellman Group poll, for example, found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs to be labeled. That’s quite a percentage! Washington voters get a chance to weigh in this November with Initiative 522, and 25 other states have pending bills or ballot initiatives to label GMOs. Here’s hoping that this is just the beginning of big changes to come!

Please consider learning more at NonGMOProject.org. And, as always, thanks for your support of Glee Gum!

Gleeful Page Turners

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t spend all our time chewing. Sometimes, we read! If you like to curl up with a good book, too, we’ve got a few recommendations for you.

First up is Small Brand America: A Look at 25 Tiny U.S. Brands Succeeding in a World Dominated by Giant Competitors.

Small Brand AmericaSmall Brand America tells the story of 25 companies that have jumped into the competitive world of the grocery industry. Notes author Steve Akley, “The whole time I was researching and writing the book, I kept saying each of the 25 profiles reads like a book within a book. I literally couldn’t wait to write each section after I spoke to the person.”

One of the people he spoke to was none other than Glee Gum’s founder and president, Deborah Schimberg! Yup, Glee Gum is one of the 25 small brands featured. You can find this exciting book in paperback and on Kindle. And, if you Tweet, follow @steveakley for more info!

New this week is another inspiring read: The Shift, by Tori Johnson!

The ShiftGood Morning America contributor Tory Johnson made the shift from employee to entrepreneur and built two multi-million dollar, career-focused businesses after a painful firing. Now, after a second major shift —losing more than 60 pounds in a single year—Tory is on a mission to help others change their minds for a better life. She’s just penned a book about her journey, called The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight & Discovered a Happier Life.

The Shift is available from AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound. As an added bonus, Tory included Sugar-Free Lemon-Lime Glee Gum in her Shift Kit — a carefully curated box of products celebrating her book launch. Purchase a VIP ticket for any Shift with Tory Tonight events, and you’ll score one of your own. Sweet, huh? Twitterers can learn more by following @ToryJohnson. NEW-SHIFT-KIT10small

 

 

 

 

 

Natural News: Help the Bees, Please!

We’ve all heard the buzz. Bees are in trouble!

To make matters worse, a recent news report from Friends of the Earth revealed that some plants tagged as “bee-friendly” at big home improvement stores & garden centers are, in fact, the opposite. They’re pre-treated with pesticides harmful to bees. So now the poor bees need to beware of our own, supposedly bee-friendly backyards!

Here’s a quick way to take action by asking the big stores to stop selling these dangerous plants and pesticides. You can also learn more from our friends at Veritey and at BeeAction.org.

Thanks in advance, from all of us here at Glee, for bee-ing involved.

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Featured Fans: Spotted in the Big Apple

Ariel C., Hannah H., and Rosie C. work together in sales for a furniture designer. They get their Glee Gum—Spearmint or Peppermint, please— from the corner deli near their Manhattan office.

A few fun facts about these three clever colleagues: one grew up in the Philippines. Another just might be obsessed with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. And the third is rumored to be excellent at riding mechanical bulls (hopefully not while chewing gum).

During a recent office “happy hour,” the creative coworkers took the time to craft a mustachioed, cheetah-printed tribute to Glee…

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Thanks, gals! We salute you, and your fine taste in chewing gum. But, pleeeeease be careful on those bulls! Egad.

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

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