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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 

Hershey leaves a bad taste in my mouth

by shuttering the ScharffenBerger and Joseph Schmidt chocolate plants here in California.
The Hershey Co. said Tuesday it plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley manufacturing plant as well as the San Francisco factory that makes Joseph Schmidt chocolates and consolidate production at other facilities.

Hershey, which in 2005 bought both Scharffen Berger, which specializes in premium dark chocolates, and trufflemaker Joseph Schmidt, will continue to produce those brands, but the chocolates will no longer be locally made. - SFGate
Guess you better take a quick virtual tour of ScharffenBerger's before it melts down to just the pages of foodie history. Hershey's promised they didn't buy these companies in order to destroy their competition...but it looks like that is precisely what they are doing. Just wait for news of ingredient "substitutions" in ScharffenBerger and Joseph Schmidt.

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How sad!

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