About Project 7
Project 7 is a specialty candy brand based in Orange County, California in a small beach community called San Clemente. Our name comes from our social mission; which is to use part of our profits to help support 7 areas of basic humanitarian need both domestically and abroad. We have a mandate to give a minimum of 10% of our profits annually but historically have been at 30-50% of our profits.
I started this journey 10 years ago in the fall of 2008 and boy has it been a journey! In short, I just wanted to build a brand that people enjoyed using while at the same time it had a sustainable giving model to help provide financial resources for areas of need that I cared about. This business model has been called “social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism and doing good while doing well” to name a few. We have fallen down, gotten back up and been carried by Good Samaritan’s ourselves along the way and we are grateful to still be here.
Here is a little bit of our story: How Project 7's Tyler Merrick Channeled His Inner Willy Wonka To Turn Around His Gum Startup (Forbes)
We are most well known for our award winning chewing gum that comes in lots of innovative and fun flavors in a convenient pocket and purse pack. Around 4 years ago we added organic gummy bears to our family and this year we introduced our latest organic candy called “Chewies.”
Our products are made in America with both domestic and international ingredients and are proud to say that they are carried in great retailer partners such as Target, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Cost Plus World Market, HEB, Wegmans, Caribou Coffee, Meijer, Dollar General, and REI to name a few and in total over 20k retail locations nationally as well as internationally in retailers such as Loblaws in Canada.
For those of you that have supported our brand over the years, we hope you enjoyed it and we thank you. Take a look at our giving update on our Mission page to see all the wonderful gifts of kindness your purchase has added up to! If you’re on the outside looking in, we’d like you to invite you to give us a try and join our little tribe. And finally, if you’re wondering how can I do more? Well start with your neighbor, in your community, a non profit that you really have a heart for. Jump in, volunteer, donate or start something and see what happens! We’re proof that small things added up together = big impact.
Founder – Project 7