July 26, 2005 |
Hershey Co. plans to acquire a Berkeley-based maker of premium dark chocolate bars and baking products. Hershey did not say how much it would pay for Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Inc. Scharffen owns and operates three stores in New York, San Francisco and Berkeley, and its products are carried in other specialty stores.
August 1, 2003 |
The world's largest piece of chocolate, at 6,750 pounds, was unveiled by Hershey Foods, enough to put it in the Guinness Book of World Records. Judiaann Woo, chef at the French Culinary Institute whose team sculpted the candy, said it was made with 53 layers of 10-pound blocks of chocolate. An audience of chocolate lovers, including local Girl Scouts, were on hand for the event.
February 20, 2008 |
The European Commission has asked for information on pricing practices by candy makers, a signal that regulators across the globe are taking a broader look into allegations of an industrywide price-fixing scheme. In its annual report, Hershey Co. said it fielded a request for information from the European Commission. A spokeswoman for Mars Inc. said it received a request from the body in mid-January.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2007 |
A worker at a Hershey chocolate factory lost her arm when a machine she was cleaning accidentally switched on, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Erica Domen, 32, of Modesto, was cleaning a batter-sifting machine when the accident occurred about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, a spokesman for the state division of OSHA said. She was working alone on the machine when it caught her hand, removing her arm at the shoulder, police said.
September 29, 1992 |
Kraft General Foods expanded its presence in Europe's candy and snack food business Monday, spending $1.5 billion to snatch a Scandinavian candy maker from under the nose of rival Hershey Food Corp. The Philip Morris Cos. unit said it is buying Freia Marabou for $1.5 billion. Freia Marabou, jointly owned by Norwegian and Swedish companies, is Scandinavia's leading chocolate and snack food maker. It is 41%-owned by Norsk Hydro, a $10-billion energy concern, and 18.5%-owned by Hershey.
December 30, 2005 |
The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar. Under the settlement, the New York-based publisher agreed to add an image in the upper left corner of the dust jacket's front cover stating that the book -- "Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams" -- is "neither authorized nor sponsored by The Hershey Company."
April 5, 2007 |
Hershey Co., the largest U.S. candy maker, increased prices for the first time in two years to counter rising costs for corn syrup and packaging. The Hershey, Pa.-based company also said it was paying more for fuel, utilities and transportation. The company raised prices on Twizzlers, Reese's and its namesake chocolate bars 4% to 5%, effective immediately. The increase affects about one-third of its products, the company said.
August 16, 2005 |
Hershey Co. agreed to buy San Francisco-based Joseph Schmidt Confections Inc., which sells specialty chocolate desserts at company stores in San Francisco and San Jose, and in department and specialty stores. Hershey said the purchase price for Joseph Schmidt and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker Inc. of Berkeley, which Hershey agreed to buy last month, would be $46.6 million to $61.1 million, based on sales growth through 2007.