Airheads Classic Bars Introduces All-New Sour Line Up

May 2024 – ERLANGER, KY – Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. answers the growing sour candy trend by taking a fun new spin on their classic bars and introducing Airheads Sour Bars in 2024. The Sour Bars will be on display at the Perfetti Van Melle booth at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May 2024. The product will debut to consumers at retailers nationwide this fall. 

 The three new unique combinations of Airheads Bars flavors are Sour Blue Blast, Sour Lemon Berry Squeeze, and Sour Watermelon Punch. Consumers loved the bars upon tasting, citing the perfect balance of sweet and sour and the long-lasting tart sour flavor. Pictured above is the 5-Bar Check stand pack of Airheads Sour Bars*.  

All three flavors are available in both full-size bars and mini bars in a wide range of pack types spanning all retail channels and shelf sets.  

 “Airheads bars have been a consumer favorite since 1986 and fans, as well as candy consumers overall, are clearly craving new flavors and especially sour flavors. We can’t wait to deliver on their desires for sour in our mix of three new flavors in the classic Airheads Bars line which will come in many different pack types and sizes this fall,” said Craig Cuchra, VP of Marketing for Perfetti Van Melle North America. 

Suggested retail price varies across the 10 pack types from Check Lane to Candy Aisle to larger boxes/minis in bulk, ranging from $.35 Changemaker full-size bars for Check Lane to $3.99 for the 12 oz. laydown bag of mini bars for the Candy Aisle.  


* Directions Research Inc. AH Sour Bars Consumer Use Test December 2023 


About Airheads 

Airheads is a brand long loved by people of all ages for its chewy texture, tangy fruit flavors and bright colors. Invented in Erlanger, KY, Airheads are available in original bar form as well as chewy and intense bite-sized pieces in the form of Airheads Bites and Airheads Soft Filled Bites. For a sweetly sour candy that packs a punch, Airheads Xtremes Belts, Xtremes Bites and Xtremes Sourfuls are available. And, for those who want the tangy, chewy goodness in gum form, there’s Airheads Gum, with micro-candies offering a playful burst of fruit sensation in each chew. Airheads are perfect for a quick treat, social gatherings and for sharing with others. Learn more about us at or visit us on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. #AirheadsHaveMoreFun 


About Perfetti Van Melle
Perfetti Van Melle (PVM) is a privately owned company that manufactures and distributes confectionery and chewing gum in more than 150 countries. PVM is a global leader in the confectionery industry, thanks to delighting consumers around the world with its innovative, diverse, and most loved products.  

The company boasts a diverse portfolio of iconic local and internationally recognized brands cherished by generations such as Mentos, Chupa Chups, Alpenliebe, Airheads, Center, Fruit-tella, Big Babol, Vivident, Golia, Vigorsol, Smint and Frisk. In addition, Trident, Hollywood, Dentyne, Stimorol, V6 and Bubblicious in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2023 Perfetti Van Melle Group reported net sales close to € 3.5 billion. U.S. operations are based in Erlanger, KY with factories in Erlanger and Rockford, IL. 


Holly Ingram, Communications Director