It might help to give a little insight into our production process: our food-grade metal gummy molds are sprayed with sunflower oil or coconut oil (reflected accordingly on our ingredient listing) to prevent the gummies from sticking to the mold. After they set, the gummies are removed from the molds, sprinkled with vegan, non-GMO pectin powder (sourced from citrus) and tumbled together 20 minutes. The pieces are then spread out, cooled and bottled. Any variation in the gummy's appearance (opacity vs transparency, excess white film or powder) is pectin powder on the gummy, likely from not having been dispersed properly in the tumbling process.
Unfortunately, depending on the combination of ingredients, it's not uncommon to find gummies stuck together. It's less likely to happen with a sugar-free gummy, but it still can happen. It's a downside of the gelatin-free gummy industry. We are looking into ways to prevent this from happening but it is not so easy to do without altering the formula or adding any unnecessary ingredients — something we don't like to do here at MaryRuth’s.
Some of our customers have mentioned that they found that vigorously shaking the container each time before opening it typically helps to break off a few gummies to pull out and take. Breaking them up with a fork or butter knife also does the trick. We do apologize for the inconvenience!