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Cinnamon pouches introduced.
||The JMC Pouch Machine Arrives!
||JMC's latest flavor rolled out: Apple Spice
JMC rolls out their latest summer flavor: Blackberry
Associated Press article from June 20 entitled:
Tobacco use still high in college ball, off field
The related NCAA preliminary 2013 substance use survey overview is available at: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/convention2014_drug-use-preliminary.pdf
One of the NCAA conclusions is that "Spit tobacco use has remained relatively consistent and is currently being used at a higher level than cigarettes."
JMC quoted in the March issue of NACS online
(The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing)
Click here to open a pdf version of the article
Jake’s Mint Chew mentioned in a great Boston Globe Article entitled:
Players find tobacco habit hard to shake
Also, a related article came out in the SoxSpace blog about
players tobacco habits and quitting:
Red Sox talk about chewing tobacco habit - wanting to quit
||JAKE'S MINT CHEW PROUDLY PRESENTS IT'S FIRST SEASONAL OFFERING!
BRANDY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Five new stores added around the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus
Thanks to our New England Sales Rep, Bill Bates, we added 5 new store locations around the U-Mass Amherst area(all are listed on our Where To Buy page).
So, today co-worker Nick and I helped support two of the stores in Amherst(University Liquors and Amherst Market) by giving out samples to their patrons.
The response was fantastic and many people had no idea JMC, or anything like it, existed. Which makes you realize just how important it is to get out there and let them know!
Last week, I was lucky enough to meet with U-mass Lacrosse(Greg Canella) and Baseball(Mike Stone) coaches to supply their players JMC so they have a healthy alternative to dipping tobacco. U-mass is a "tobacco free campus" which is great! Plus, it's my alma-mater from all the way back in 1989 where I graduated from the business school. Back then there wasn't even internet or digital cameras...how old have I gotten?!
So, this week, including today, was an attempt to support their students with places to actually get JMC versus having to buy full cases online. JMC is actively trying to get more stores to carry our product for this very reason. We realize it's tough to take a leap of faith by buying a whole case of anything you haven't tried before.
This week was U-mass, Amherst, MA. If this proves successful, we will try to introduce more retail outlets at colleges across the nation. As a matter of fact, Bill has already landed a couple of stores near UNH and Dartmouth in NH!It all takes time, but we are working on it!
Jake’s Mint Chew Sales Surge as New State Taxes Drive Up Tobacco Prices
USDA Certified Organic Mint Chew Provides Healthier, Less Costly Solution to Consumers Looking to Finally Quit Tobacco
Danvers, MA (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
Jake’s Mint Chew (“JMC”), the non-tobacco, all-natural chew, has begun its fourth year of production with a surge in business as a result of several recent state tobacco taxes that have significantly increased the cost of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including snus and chew.
For many tobacco users, the increased health and financial costs have brought quitting aids like Jake’s Mint Chew to the forefront, as the American Cancer Society estimates 25,000 people in Massachusetts alone will quit tobacco as a result of these tax increases.
“These new taxes are helping tobacco consumers commit to quitting chewing tobacco once and for all,” said Jake Sweeney, Jake’s Mint Chew’s founder. “There seems to be a direct correlation between the rise in tobacco taxes and our boost in sales this past summer.” The company also credits their success to positive word of mouth, customer loyalty, consistent quality, and support from professional athletes. The company caught a lot of online buzz this summer after receiving an unpaid endorsement from a Major League Baseball player, Boston Red Sox infielder Brandon Snyder.
Snyder said of his experience using JMC to quit, "I have dipped for over 13 years and have had multiple failed attempts to quit. Playing baseball I am always around it and it's always a matter of finding something to take my mind off of the tobacco. That was until I tried Jake’s Mint Chew. It's as close to the real thing as you can get and it's even good for you. Most guys will tell you quitting during the baseball season is next to impossible. But with the help of Jake’s I not only have been dip free for going on 5 months of the season, I’m also having one of my best seasons!”
Jake’s Mint Chew can be shipped internationally via Jake’s Mint Chew Online Store or in select retailers across the country.
About Jake's Mint Chew
Jake’s Mint Chew is a non-tobacco, all natural, long cut chew made of mint instead of tobacco, manufactured in Danvers, MA. Jake’s Mint Chew packs like real long cut chewing tobacco; not overly gummy like other brands. It’s nicotine-free, good for digestion, and leaves users with fresh breath! Jake’s Mint Chew has been experiencing explosive growth year over year, nationwide and international, with repeat sales skyrocketing as a result of increased quality control, fulfillment time, and customer service. Jake’s Mint Chew is available in eight delicious flavors: Straight Mint, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Licorice, Cherry, Cranberry, and their newest flavor, Kola.
Sales of all eight flavors of Jake's Mint Chew have increased since the passing of several new state tobacco taxes.
These new taxes are helping tobacco consumers commit to quitting chewing tobacco once and for all.
Jake's Mint Chew
+1 (978) 304-0528
||JMC Staff treated to an amazing day at Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox play, courtesy of Brandon Snyder - a grateful Jake's Mint Chew patron
Jake's Mint Chew launches it's newest flavor Kola!
Jake's Mint Chew Receives USDA Organic Certification for Non Tobacco Chew Products
Now an Even Healthier, More Flavorful Chewing Tobacco Alternative on the Market
All eight flavors of Jake's Mint Chew are now USDA Certified Organic
Danvers, MA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Jake's Mint Chew, a locally manufactured, all natural mint chew designed to help tobacco users switch to a healthier, fresher dipping option, has received USDA Organic Certification for all eight flavors of their mint snuff. Since starting the business just over two years ago, Jake’s Mint Chew Founder, Jake Sweeney has been adamant about using the best organic ingredients available for his products, and now has the certification to prove it.
“USDA Organic Certification confirms the commitment we’ve made at Jake’s Mint Chew to provide our customers all over the world with the healthiest option to help them stop chewing tobacco,” explains Sweeney.
To ensure their product is entirely USA-grown and organic, each tin of Jake’s Mint Chew starts with pre-dried mint from trusted growers in the Pacific Northwest. Within their Massachusetts facility, the mint is blended with organic flavoring and organic vegetable glycerin, a natural preservative to keep the mint fresh. While the company demands the best ingredients, they remain very price conscious for the consumer, keeping tins under $3 each; up to half the cost of a tin of chewing tobacco.
Being certified as organic is a fitting addition to the already numerous health benefits of mint, including improved digestion, elimination of toxins in the body, nausea and headache cessation, appetite suppression, and opening up congestion of nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. For Sweeney however, the greatest health benefit of Jake's Mint Chew is helping people to quit chewing tobacco.
For more information about all eight satisfying flavors of Jake's Mint Chew, including Kola, their newest flavor, visit www.jakesmintchew.com.
About Jakes Mint Chew
Jake’s Mint Chew is a non-tobacco, all natural, long cut chew made of mint instead of tobacco, manufactured in Danvers, MA. Jake’s Mint Chew packs like real long cut chewing tobacco; not overly gummy like other brands. It’s nicotine-free, good for digestion, and leaves users with fresh breath! Jake’s Mint Chew is averaging a well over 85% growth rate year over year, nationwide and international, with repeat sales skyrocketing as a result of increased quality control, fulfillment time, and customer service. To further ensure quality, the company has established a recall program, company handbook, Board of Health Certification, and independent lab perishable test. Jake’s Mint Chew is available in eight delicious flavors: Straight Mint, Wintergreen, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Licorice, Cherry, Cranberry, and their newest flavor, Kola.
Jack's Mint Chew teams up to Help Tobacco-Free kids with t-shirt sales in this killthecan.org blog.
Jake's Mint Chew on Track to Become
the Best Relief Pincher in Major League Baseball
American-made tobacco substitute, Jake's Mint Chew, has become more prevalent in dug outs as ball players seek safer, tastier alternatives
Jake's Mint Chew, a locally manufactured, all natural mint chew designed to help tobacco users switch to a healthier, fresher dipping option, has finally hit the Big Leagues. Several Major League Baseball clubs interested in keeping their players, managers, and staffs healthy have placed sizable orders with the Massachusetts-based start up with the hopes of initiating a positive trend in professional and amateur sports.
Last year as part of their collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball took a monumental first step towards the abolishment of chewing tobacco on the field by prohibiting their players, managers, and coaches from carrying tobacco tins or packages in their uniforms at games or any time that fans are in the ballpark. They will also be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews, at autograph signings, and other events where they meet fans, or at team-sponsored appearances. By offering a wide variety of flavors with organic ingredients, Jake's Mint Chew was the best choice for ball clubs like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles, who were among the first to make this transition away from harmful chewing tobacco.
For Jake Sweeney, the man behind the Mint Chew, the MLB's proactive move toward tobacco cessation is a home run. "We started Jake's Mint Chew to give people a refreshing, healthy way to break away from the addiction tobacco creates," Sweeney admits, "but we hope that having several Major League Baseball clubs on board with that message will help even more people quit this terrible habit for good."
Since Jake's Mint Chew began two years ago, the company has grown so much that it has begun developing relationships with mint growers from the Pacific Northwest, which will also ensure that they will be ready for the imminent influx of orders from people taking a cue from their Big League heroes. For more information about all seven mouthwatering flavors of Jake's Mint Chew, including their newest flavor, Cranberry, visit www.jakesmintchew.com.
Gentle Giant Moving Company Newsletter Article
Read about Jake in this article from the Salem News
Of all the incredible things Giants accomplish once they move on from the moving industry, Jake Sweeney and Adam Benezra's quest to help people successfully quit tobacco with their business, Jake's Mint Chew, is one of the most impressive and successful of all.
Their story starts when Adam was working at a rival moving company in Boston during the early 90's. After a short period on their trucks, he realized he was surrounded by ex-convicts and other untrustworthy people, which made him think, "there has got to be a better moving company in Boston with better people."
Jake Sweeney (L) and Adam Benezra (R) at a Gentle Giant holiday party.
A friend told Adam about Gentle Giant, which during that period in the early 90's was really hitting its stride within Massachusetts because of the focus on hiring honest, hardworking college athletes looking for a challenging but rewarding work. Not long after Adam started at GG in the Spring of 1994, he met Jake, who had started working at Gentle Giant a year before under Bobby Lane, focusing on complicated international moves. Oddly enough, the two attended UMass Amherst at the same time, but didn't know each other because Jake was busy studying at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture while Adam was busy studying finance and the mating habits of inebriated coeds.
Working together on a few moving jobs around Boston formed Jake and Adam's friendship, but it wasn't until they took a road trip down to New Orleans with Eddie Crean, a Giant enjoying his first summer over from Ireland, that their relationship really strengthened.
They remained close even after they left Gentle Giant to start their own businesses. Jake followed in the family greenhouse business and before long was the go to wholesaler of greenhouse products on the North Shore. By 2009, Jake oversaw several greenhouses, including a 10,000 sq ft flagship greenhouse in Beverly. However, tragedy struck in the winter of 2009/10 when an ice storm took out this main greenhouse, which put a nail in the coffin of a business already hit hard by the financial woes the country was suffering from during that time.
Down, but not out, Jake decided to depart from the greenhouse business and focus on a venture he had begun thinking about, Jake's Mint Chew, which was a mint snuff designed to help people addicted to harmful tobacco snuff.
Jake's Mint Chew
Given his background with the greenhouse, Jake was comfortable focusing on customer service, phone orders, focus groups for new flavors, and hiring, but he understood that he needed help with other areas. Realizing this, he called on Adam, his old friend from Gentle Giant, to help him with the Website, Shipping, and Finances, including taxes, forms, profit and loss statements, books, paying bills, payroll, and other necessities.
The partners recall their first "business meeting" back in 2009 at a local Beverly bar called Fibber McGee's in which Jake carefully laid out the plan for his mint chew business on a napkin. Adam instantly saw the product's potential as a healthy, safe option for people looking to kick their tobacco addiction.
Because the pair had worked together so well during their time at Gentle Giant, they already knew how to motivate and compliment each other on the job. Now embarking on their third year working together at Jake's Mint Chew, the company has grown exponentially, and expect even further growth now that they are USDA Organic Certified and showing up in more and more Major League Baseball clubhouses.
Jake and Adam look back very fondly at their time moving at Gentle Giant, and still keep in touch with all of the great people they worked with during the early and mid 90's, some of whom have made a career at GG.
For more information on Jake's Mint Chew, visit their website at www.jakesmintchew.com and tell them that Gentle Giant sent you!