Mentos History

Who sparked the beginning of a Fresh New World? Scroll down and see the success story of Mentos.

2014
Mentos mini cinnamon theaterbox

2014

MENTOS CINNAMON IN THEATER BOX

Mentos introduces Cinnamon in a theater box.

Mentos spearmint

2014

NEW MENTOS FLAVOR

Mentos introduced a new and refreshing Spearmint flavor. This joins the successful Mint flavor that consumers continue to enjoy on a daily basis!

2014

INTRODUCE NEW MENTOS GUM TV

2013
Mentos roll with it

2013

ROLL WITH IT

Mentos launched the Roll with It TV commercial, that put a new spin on the classic Freshmaker commercials.

Mentos breath mints

2013

MENTOS BREATH MINTS

Mentos introduced the breath mints in three flavors: Peppermint, Wintergreen and Orangemint. This uniquely strong and satisfying breath mint will take your breath away.

2012

2012

MENTOS IN A THEATER BOX

Mentos Fruit can now be enjoyed in a theater box!

2010
Mentos social

2010

MENTOS GOES SOCIAL

Mentos went social by opening up a Facebook account. Since then Mentos social presence has continued to grow.

2008

2008

MENTOS GUM COMES TO THE US

Mentos Gum was introduced to the US with five exciting flavors in two different packages.

2007

2007

"There's nothing like a Mentos kiss! With a variety of innovative mints and gum there is always the right product to experience the kiss of your life!"

Mentos Geyser world record

2007

SETTING WORLD RECORDS

Cincinnati, OH

The World Record was set for the most Diet Coke and Mentos explosions at one time. The record was set on Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati, OH.

2005
Mentos gum blue logo

2005

INTRODUCED MENTOS GUM

Mentos Gum made its debut in Europe and beyond. The refreshing taste, the unique shape and texture and many different flavors found new fans everywhere.

2001
Perfetti van melle logo

2001

PERFETTI VAN MELLE MERGER

The year 2001 was a special year for Mentos that saw the Dutch company van Melle and the Italian company Perfetti join forces, making Mentos available in shops everywhere.

1990
The freshmaker

1990

THE FRESHMAKER

Mentos introduced the Freshmaker campaign that proved to be right on target: straight after its introduction Mentos sales went through the roof!

1978
US office moved to Erlanger

1978

US OFFICE MOVED TO ERLANGER

Erlanger, Kentucky

US sales office moved to Erlanger, Kentucky where it currently resides.

1976
Mentos television

1976

FIRST TV COMMERCIAL

Mentos made its small screen debut with the first Fresh TV commercial.

1975
First US sales office

1975

FIRST US SALES OFFICE

Massachusetts

First US van Melle sales office opened in Massachusetts

1973

1973

NEW MENTOS VARIETIES

While the original Mentos was tickling the taste buds of The King of Nepal, new varieties were introduced. In the US, Mentos lovers got to try cinnamon and menthol, while European addicts were presented with fruit flavored mints.

1960

1960

MENTOS IN A ROLL

The sixties! Revolutions in fashion, sex, music and Mentos. The first Mentos roll found its way to consumers across the globe.

1950
New mentos production in Rotterdam

1950

NEW MENTOS PRODUCTION

Rotterdam

Mentos production moved to Rotterdam. International orders to France, Germany and the UK marked the beginning of the New Freshness spreading across the world.

1946
Perfetti

1946

PERFETTI WAS FOUNDED

Lainate

Perfetti founded in Lainate, near Milan.

1932
Mentos becomes reality in Poland

1932

MENTOS BECOMES A REALITY

Poland

On a train ride to Poland, brothers Michael and Pierre van Melle came up with the vision of a peppermint flavored caramel candy to go by the name of Mentos. This was the beginning of a Fresh New World.

1900
Van Mello

1900

VAN MELLE WAS FOUNDED

Netherlands

van Melle founded in Breskens, Netherlands.

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"There's nothing like a Mentos kiss! With a variety of innovative candies and gums there is always the right product to experience the kiss of your life!"

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