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Tuesday, April 24, 2007 

Melt down

in Chocoland.
The Hershey Co., the nation's leading candymaker, said Monday that it will shut down a plant in Reading and cut 260 jobs as part of a wider move to cut labor and materials costs.

The closing is the company's second plant-closing announcement in a little over two months after Hershey said it would take dramatic steps to reduce its North American manufacturing and expand in faster-growing markets in the developing world.

It plans to build a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and shift more manufacturing to contractors in the United States, and has struck agreements with Indian and South Korean companies to make and distribute its products in Asia. - PennLive.com
Sounds like the Hershey Hometown folks are Bitter over their Chocolate.
When the company announced the job cuts in February, orange lawn signs popped up, saying "Save Mr. Hershey's Dream." On the road to the Giant Center arena, where the meeting was held Tuesday, Mike L. Cvetko held up signs that read: "World boycott of Hershey products" and "Is it need or is it greed?" - AP
But get right down to it, can we really trust imported foodstuffs with very minimal oversight and protection anymore? Sure the company can produce the candy bar cheaper, but does that cost cutting also include cutting safety regulations, health regulations, environmental regulations, inspections or quality control?

Guess I might be "Kissing Hershey" goodbye forever.

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That is really too bad that they are going this route.

Russell Stover has better chocolate bars, anyway.

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