Perfetti Van Melle Group B.V. is a global manufacturer of confectionery and gum. It was formed in 2001 with the merger of Van Melle of the Netherlands and the Perfetti group of Italy. Its corporate headquarters are in Lainate, Italy and Schiphol, Netherlands. Perfetti Van Melle is the third largest confectionery manufacturer in the world. It employs 17,000 people via 30 subsidiary companies and distributes its products in over 159 countries.