Perfetti Van Melle USA donates bicycles to Boys & Girls Clubs

ERLANGER, KY – On Monday, March 27, at 3:30 PM, Perfetti Van Melle USA, local manufacturer and distributor of candies such as Airheads and Mentos, will donate 40 brand new boys’ and girls’ Huffy bicycles—with helmets—to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati.

Perfetti Van Melle employees will join CEO Mehmet Yuksek to deliver the bicycles to the Marge Schott-Unnewehr Club located at 30 West 26th Street, Covington, KY.

The bicycle donation is an outcome of Perfetti Van Melle’s recent all-company meeting. During the meeting, the company’s 200+ employees participated in teams and were required to solve a series of questions and tasks. With the completion of each task, teams were given bicycle pieces. As each team earned all of the necessary bicycle pieces, each team was then required to build a bike. The outcome was a set of beautiful new boys’ and girls’ bikes.

The bicycles will be presented to area Boys & Girls Clubs children, ages 5–9, as a reward for their commitment to and active participation in the Boys & Girls Clubs program at the Covington location. Students receiving the bicycles were selected for being on-task with regard to after-school focus on homework, physical activity, health and well-being, and giving back to their community.

Perfetti Van Melle CEO Mehmet Yuksek stated, “Perfetti Van Melle is committed to playing an active role within our community. As a confectionery company who prides ourselves on ‘Making Life Sweeter,’ we’re delighted to help Covington’s Boys & Girls Clubs reward these young children for their hard work and dedication to this after-school enrichment program.”

About Perfetti Van Melle
Perfetti Van Melle USA is part of the Perfetti Van Melle Group, a privately-owned international manufacturer and marketer of sugar confectionery and gum. It is one of the leading companies in the industry, manufacturing mints, gum, and non-chocolate confectionery with facilities in 35 countries producing both global and regional brands. Consumers in more than 150 countries enjoy Perfetti Van Melle global brands such as Mentos Mints, Mentos Gum, and Chupa Chups, as well as our regional brands, which include Airheads, Fruittella, Alpenliebe, Smint and Frisk.

Perfetti Van Melle USA has continued to captivate consumers with Airheads and Mentos for more than 30 years in North America. We manufacture Airheads and Airheads Xtremes at our headquarters located in Erlanger, KY. For more information about Perfetti Van Melle USA, please visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs
It is the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Since 1939, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati have provided kids who need it a safe and positive place to spend the most vulnerable times of the day—immediately after school and at night, when supervision is often lacking and temptations are great. Each day, under the care and supervision of an exceptional staff and volunteers, kids are supported and encouraged to participate in those activities that will help them grow and will move them toward high school graduation. They do their homework; receive homework help when needed; sit down together for a hot, nutritious meal; learn about what to eat and how to cook; and learn how to keep themselves healthy for a lifetime. They serve each other in the Clubs and others in the community, as they too value giving back. For more information about