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October 29, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The name of a small Temecula clothing company that produces outfits for nursing mothers is Milkdudz. Get it? Candy giant Hershey Co. -- maker of Milk Duds chocolate-covered caramels -- did and was not happy about it. Last week, Milkdudz co-founder Kiersten Wall, who runs the business out of her home garage, received a notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that Hershey was protesting her use of the Milkdudz name. It didn't come as a surprise to Wall, 29.
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BUSINESS
February 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Hershey Co. is eliminating one of the two premium chocolate brands it bought in 2005 when it entered the fast-expanding segment. Hershey confirmed that it sent a letter to customers saying Joseph Schmidt Confections would not be sold after June 30. A spokesman said Hershey was discontinuing the line as part of a wider reorganization and the move was not related to slowing growth in the premium chocolate segment.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Hershey will sell its Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut plant in Hawaii to PLK Partners, the company said. Terms of the sale were not announced. Hershey will retain the Mauna Loa name, according to Al Kam, one of PLK's partners who once worked as Mauna Loa's chief financial officer. Hershey bought Mauna Loa in 2004 from Shansby Group, a private equity venture.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
Hershey Foods Corp., Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. and other chocolate makers lost an early bid to dismiss a suit that claims they expose customers to dangerous levels of lead in their sweets. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied a request to toss out the American Environmental Safety Institute's complaint that chocolate makers are violating a 1986 state law that requires companies to disclose whether their products contain chemicals that may cause cancer.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2002 | Reuters
Hershey Foods Corp. said it reached an agreement with its union on a new contract, nearly six weeks after about 2,700 union workers at two plants walked off the job. Neither side would disclose terms of the deal, which workers still must vote on. The conflict has centered on the company's plan to increase workers' share of health-care costs. Shares of Hershey closed up $1.31 at $65.99 on the NYSE.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2002 | Reuters
Hershey Foods Corp., unable to persuade striking workers to accept a new contract calling for an increase in their health-care costs, said it restarted production at one of its two shuttered candy plants with nonunion workers. Negotiations aimed at ending a five-week strike at two plants, representing about a fifth of the largest U.S. chocolate maker's total production, broke off early Tuesday.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1989
Hershey to Build Factory: Hershey Foods Corp. will build a $100-million chocolate factory near its existing plant in Hershey, Pa. Ground-breaking is set for late this summer for the 130-square-foot plant, which will process chocolate for the company's main factory. The new plant will house about 60 new employees. Start-up will mean a reduction of employees at the main factory as new machinery replaces older, less efficient equipment, the company said. Hershey Foods President Kenneth Wolfe said it was not yet known how many employees at the main plant will be affected, but he said the company will try to ease job reductions through retraining and attrition.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2000
Scott K. Kime has joined Danielian Associates in Irvine as director of production. Kime was previously principal of Mulvanny Architects in Irvine and headed his own firm, S K and Co. in Aliso Viejo. Nanci Nicoli has been appointed director of marketing and communications for VillageFax.com in Tustin. She had been a vice president of the U.S. and Canadian division for Sabre Group Ltd. of Australia. Nicoli has also held marketing positions for Hershey Foods Corp./Friendly Ice Cream Corp.
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