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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. 

Gainfully & Gleefully Employed

Our company president Deborah Schimberg and our newest hire in the sales department, Natalie Brown, spoke on a panel at the Governor’s Workforce Board Annual Meeting earlier this month. They did a great job!

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The Governor’s Workforce Board focuses on raising the skill level of the existing and future workforce in Rhode Island, where Glee Gum is based. Through training, adult education, immersion programs, and more, the GWB is working hard to keep RI on the rise. Check ’em out online and on Facebook if you’re interested in getting involved. We’re so glad that we did, and that we got Natalie as a result!