Perfetti Van Melle is a privately held Italian global manufacturer of confectionery and gum. It was formed in 2001 with the acquisition of Van Melle of the Netherlands, by the Italian group Perfetti of Italy and having its corporate headquarters in Lainate (Milan), Italy. Perfetti Van Melle bills itself as the third largest confectionery manufacturer in the world after Kraft Foods (owners of Cadbury plc) and Mars, Incorporated (owners of Wrigley). It employs 17,000 people via 30 subsidiary companies and distributes its products in over 130 countries. The company owns a major subsidiary in the United States, (Perfetti Van Melle USA), as well several others in large markets around the world.