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Chewing Gum

December 28, 2014

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Profile America — Sunday, December 28th. One of life's simple pleasures, and subsequent adornments under tabletops and chair seats, was patented on this date in 1869 -- chewing gum. The inventor was a dentist from Ohio, Dr. William Semple, who hoped that the flavored gum would help people keep their teeth clean. Others, such as Thomas Adams and John Colgan, perfected the consistencies and flavors. Gum was avidly accepted by the public, though criticized as a vulgar habit by newspaper editorials, politicians, clergymen and women's groups. While some may still hold that view, lately around 100,000 tons of chewing gum alone are consumed in the U.S. annually. Manufactured value of both chewing and bubble gum is over $2 billion per year. Our favorite flavors are spearmint, and peppermint. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <http://www.census.gov>.

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Gum patent
Flavor enhancement
Consumption
Value of gum manufacturing NAICS 3113404
Flavors


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: November 24, 2014