Pez (trademarked PEZ in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian candy and their famous mechanical pocket dispensers.
He manufactured a small tin to hold the mints, similar to the modern Altoids tins.
The first Pez mint dispensers, known as "regulars," were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter, and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. Haas Food Manufacturing Corporation of Vienna was the first to sell Pez products. In 1945, manufacturers devised and promoted the Pez Box Regular. In 1955, the Pez company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed them for children.
In 1952 Eduard Haas introduced his product to the United States, and Curtis Allina headed Pez's U. Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse were among the first character dispensers.
Since 1950, over 1500 Pez dispensers, including the original character dispensers, have been created.
Pez vending machines were used in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
The first German machines were introduced around 1954 and were produced by DWM (Deutsche Waggon- und Maschinenfabrik) and GWS (Georg Wiegandt und Söhne), both of Berlin, Germany. In 1973, Pez built a factory in Orange, Connecticut, U. In 1983, Scott Mc Whinnie became the president of the Pez company. Joe Vittoria became president of the company in 2004.
Machines were later introduced in Switzerland and then in Austria, in October 1956; these were produced by Glerios / R. Around 2005 the size of the original factory was doubled and the Pez dispenser line was expanded.
In the mid-1990s peppermint flavored Pez candies were reintroduced along with remakes of the 'regulars'. The Pez candies are produced in Traun and Orange, Connecticut, U. while the dispensers are produced in Hungary and China.
In early 2006 the family of the original founder of the company bought back 32.5% of the stock from investment company PGH for €18M. Pez candy has come in a wide variety of flavors over the years, including: The common American flavors of grape, lemon, orange, raspberry, and strawberry are available in kosher form in specialty markets. has applied for and received patents related to the Pez dispensers, and usually molds the patent number onto the stem of the design.
The patent number cannot be reliably used to determine how old the dispenser is.
Collectors refer to the first two digits of a patent number as a shorthand for a given patent number.