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.
May 9, 2002 |
Claiming that chocolate contains enough toxic metals such as lead to pose a health risk, especially for children, a California watchdog group Wednesday launched a lawsuit against major chocolate makers for failing to warn consumers of the alleged danger. The American Environmental Safety Institute said it is suing chocolate makers, including Hershey Foods Corp. and Mars Inc.
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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April 12, 2002 |
Bill Harmsen, 89, who with his wife started the Jolly Rancher Candy Co., died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Jolly Ranchers, the hard candies in flavors such as cinnamon and watermelon that are sold around the world, were created by Harmsen and his wife, Dorothy, on the family farm in Golden, Colo. Harmsen was a retired Continental Airlines pilot when he opened an ice cream shop in Golden in 1949 and concocted the candy to keep money coming in during the winter months.
August 6, 2002 |
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. and Nestle received a second request for information from U.S. antitrust regulators regarding the Swiss food maker's plan to gain control of Oakland-based Dreyer's, the nation's largest ice cream producer. Nestle, which already owns 23% of Dreyer's, said the request from the Federal Trade Commission was "normal and expected." The companies said they aim to complete the transaction by the end of the year.
September 18, 2002 |
Board members of the charitable trust that controls Hershey Foods Corp. said late Tuesday that they would not sell the nation's largest candy maker after rejecting all offers. "The trust board has rejected all the bids that it received. It is asking the company to end the process of exploring the sale," Hershey Trust Co. spokesman Rick Kelly said.
January 26, 2004 |
Here are some of the key upcoming business and economic events. Monday * National Assn. of Realtors reports on existing-home sales for December. * Treasury bill auction. * Congressional Budget Office releases 10-year budget forecast. * Among those reporting quarterly results: American Express Co., Hilton Hotels Corp., Kimberly Clark Corp., McDonald's Corp., Schering-Plough Corp., Texas Instruments Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc..
November 16, 2004 |
The world's dominant chewing-gum maker is about to get sweeter. Looking to extend more of its marketing might from gum to candy, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. announced Monday that it had agreed to buy Life Savers and Altoids from Kraft Foods Inc. in a $1.48-billion cash deal that refocused Kraft's attention on its trademark supermarket products. The agreement also includes the Creme Savers brand, as well as Trolli gummy candies, Sugus candies and other local and regional brands in the U.S.