• Mon, Jul 9 2007

Hershey’s Moves to Mexico

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On a warm May weekend in this Central Valley town, the irony was thick.

As usual, the annual Chocolate Festival was drawing hordes of fun-seekers. But Hershey Co., Oakdale’s biggest employer and the nation’s biggest candy company, is closing its plant here, eliminating all 575 jobs. The company will open a factory in Monterrey, Mexico, to handle the production.

One man at the festival wore a T-shirt that said on the front: “Where did ‘the great American candy bar’ go?” Asked for the answer, he whirled around to display the back: “Mexico!”

I’m a little late to this news story about Hershey moving one of their plants from Oakdale, California to Mexico, but this weekend was the first time I’d heard about it.

As stated in the article, the move will put almost 600 people out of work. I know, of course, that money is important to any business, that goes without saying, but with the experience I’ve had with companies outsourcing out of country, I can’t say it’s leaving a positive impression. I haven’t had a reason to really research what’s going on with the company — up until a month ago my chocolate concerns stopped at how much I had left on the snack shelf in the cupboard! — but now I’m interested and wondering if Hershey has a real need to be trying to save money or if it’s just a general big-company-moving-to-save-big-bucks situation.

The message board where I found the article was full of people declaring they were going to swear off Hershey’s and while I can’t say for sure that I’m going to be swearing off anything, I have a confession to make: I’m not a big Hershey fan in the first place. Not necessarily of the company, I mean with the chocolate itself. Something changed a few years ago and the chocolate doesn’t taste real to me anymore and the mouth feel is getting waxy. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that too?

The 113-year-old company has described the plant shutdown as part of a “global supply-chain transformation.” Overall, about 3,000 of Hershey’s 13,000 workers will lose their jobs, including as many as 900 in the company’s hometown of Hershey, Pa. By 2010, Hershey says, the moves will save shareholders as much as $190 million annually.

What do you think of Hershey’s move? Will it affect what you buy in the future?

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  • Lori Harvey

    The founder of Hershey’s must be rolling in his grave. The great American chocolate bar is no more. Guaranteed there will be a LOT less of Hershey bars sold now because of this move. This move definitely needs to be rethought.

  • Sharon

    The long standing company is making a move that will bring the company down.

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  • DJ

    I sent the Hershey Corp. an email on this about a year ago when they announced they were laying off people in, of all places, Hershey Pennsylvania, and moving the jobs to Mexico.

    My opinion is chocolate is a snack food, not a necessity (I know, I know!) Americans do not and will not see any food product made in Mexico as being very appealing.

    Personally, I’m not sure Hershey gives a darn about the American market. There’s an awful lot of folks south of the boarder and south of Mexico itself.

    I guess they’ve made a decision on which groups of people they prefer to please — the almighty “share holders” and the Latins.

    No more Hershey products for me. . .

  • Dolly

    this is really upsetting that our country will go to these lengthes. I just hope the union got the people very good buy out deals. I agree with not buying the chocolate but stop and think about it, if we all did that, then the people that still have a job here will end up loseing it due to no production and then there will be more work to go to Mexico.

  • Scott

    after reading of this and verifying the storys veracity, from this day forward i will not purchase any hershey products. futher, it is my desire for this company to cease to exist just as is my desire for any company that leaves the usa. i do not have anything against mexican products per se but i will not buy anything that used to be made in the usa and is now made elsewhere, especially mexico. my 2 cents, scott

  • J Hayes

    Suffice it to say that Hershey’s move to Mexico is clearly the epitome of American capitalism at its best. Once again, another American ‘tradition’ has succumbed through the LOVE for the almighty DOLLAR. I join the ranks of those who will NOT be purchasing ANY more Hershey’s ANYTHING beginning right NOW!

  • B McLin

    Hersey NO MORE!!!!!

  • Danno

    Corporate greed has gotten the best of us. This will eventually bite them in the ass. Stocks have dropped significantly.

  • Paula

    Shame on the Hershey company for looking after their shareholders more than the century plus years of tradition for Americans. With all the controversy going on now over illegal immigrants, many of them using our resources without earning them, I would have hoped the great Hershey company would not put money before America’s need for jobs.

    As for me – I will probably quit buying Hershey’s products even tho I have loved them. There are many other delicious chocolate brands available, thankfully. Whether it makes any difference or not in their production I will feel justified in showing this as my protest over their “traitorous” move.

    -Paula in Kentucky

  • Sam Reeves

    I remember eating Hershey’s Chocolate during every holiday as a kid. It was an American family tradition that has ended with this family.
    Adios, traitors.

  • leroy hoback

    I hope you corporate assholes choke on your own chocolate. I will never be associated willingly with you pr ypur products again. in a ron paul administration donst expect any help on your prices for your products. you corporate big wigs need to pack your bags and leave the country while you are able.

  • Milton Hershey

    The CEO of Hershey’s is a jackazz. I hope someone offs him. If I were one of those laid off workers, I’d riot in the street. I can also say that I will never purchase their inferior products or frequent their second rate amusement park ever again.

  • Josh

    All these American companies that want to operate as third world enterprises end up getting their wish.

  • Peter Zarriello

    Why would you want to move into Mexico..when thousands are trying to get out!!!

    I will never buy Hershey products or visit Hershey pa again!!! i am 12 yrs old.

  • Ted K.

    Shame on Hershey. I will never purchase Hershey products again, and will boycott HERSHEYPARK.

    Shame on Hershey.

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  • Danno

    Well good too see there are alot of Proud Americans out there. I really think you people are on the same page as all of us Canadians. We all think in the long run this will be a great change. Eventually they will have to stand down and bow down to the people who make their countries great. Hats off to all you concerned American Citizens. If all companies took this root then only the rich and not the blue collar workforce would be able to even afford a candy bar.

  • http://Verizon.net Kathy

    Goodbye, Hershey, hello, Sees and others

  • Tom

    I think it’s past time for OUR? government to mandate that all food products are labeled with the country of origin. I have not patronized a Mexican restaurant or knowingly bought any Mexican products since they burned the flag and flew the stars and stripes, upside down, beneath a Mexican flag.

  • Richard

    I think that when a company takes jobs away from the people in THIS COUNTRY, which are the ones that support that company’s products, NO ONE should EVER purchase another stinking product from that company AGAIN! That means you HERSHEY! I truley hope that the people in this Great United States of America are fed up enough with sorry, low life traitors like HERSHEYS that you will Never sell another candy bar in this country again! I hope it haunts the bone head fool that made the desision to move jobs to Mexico for the rest of your life! From now on I’m buying the TRUE Great American Candy Bar – SNICKERS!

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  • Richard

    DOLLIE IF YOU DON’T BUY HERSHEY PRODUCTS, BUY MARS CANDIES, AND THE PEOPLE CAN GO TO WORK FOR THE MARS CANDY COMPANY WHEN THEY NEED A JOB. I’LL BET THE MARS PEOPLE ARE SMART ENOUGH NOT TO MOVE TO MEXICO!!!!!!!

  • Sandy

    Boycott the Creeps! Easy as That!

  • Mike N.

    What a sad world this has become when greedy companies such as Hersheys value the almighty dollar more than American families. This shameless company just crushed several thousand American families lives. I hope that the Hershey Fat Cats enjoy their grand lifestyle whlie knowing that they put several thousand Americans out of a job in a world that is already a struggle just to keep up with rising gas and utility cost and house foreclosures by the hundreds daily. This injustice to America will rectified, because it just a matter of time before Hersheys becomes a sinking ship and we can all watch the rats jump overboard.

  • http://yahoo Mary Shultz

    I am already buying Mars choclate ,good snickers and many others.
    Lets make Mars the King of USA
    Mary Shultz

  • Tammy M.

    This sucks, I love Hershey Chocolate!! But I can Love Mars just as well! Booooo to Hershey’s corporate gold diggers!

  • http://yahoo Mary Shultz

    I have bought lots of hershey prodocts before this crazy move to Mexico..Why are they sneaking over here when all our jobs are going to Mexico…..Soon our people wont be able to get a job here….Does that mean our poor working will have to swim the river to get to Mexico to get a cheap paying job??? We have to boycott hershey
    We have lots of good mars choclate buy it , let the mexicans have hershey.
    I made pies for the public for 25 years lots of hershey choclate went into them…..Never again
    Americans get off your duff and do something
    before we are flying the mexican flag and burning ours……I thought our worse enemy was Iraq ,at least we are eating and making a living maybe not for long. An X lover of Hershey products.
    Mary Shultz

  • carolyn lacotti

    To the Directors of Hershey’s Company—You people should be investigated or have the I.R.S. audit your personal accounts. A few months ago you wanted to sell the company to the Nestle Co. and the courts stopped you, now you want to move the company to Mexico. The toy products are being checked for lead content but who is checking the food coming out of these third world counties, especially the candy for children. Neither I nor my family buy food from these countries especially any candy for the grandchildren. Now what makes you think we’d buy Hershey products from Mexico. You may use the excuse it’s for the share holders but their are a millions of people that buy your product that don’t own share one.
    I’m sure Mr. Hershey would not have you people on the Board oof Directors if he knew what you are doing to his company and how he felt about his employees. May you enjoy all the money you’ll be pocketing at the expense of his employees and the American tradition of Hershey’s Candy Company.

  • dianne britt

    I hope they can sell in mexico. Because I WILL NOT BUY THEIR CANDY! and every person I get a chance to tell what hershey has done I do so. This is the most unamerican thing they could have done at this time. Of all the states in the US that need a co. to take care of all the extra unemployment, they had to go to MEXICO. Im betting that any one of us who use to buy their candy would be very well off with the profit of hershey this year and sells were down. I also believe that you can be to greedy and you can lost it all.

  • roger

    I have bought my LAST Hershey product!! and i will encourage others to do likewise.

  • Fran Mitchell

    i plan to find a way to do without Hershey. Sad to say but true.

  • Dawn Fields

    Hey Wall Street! No more Hershey’s for this family. We’re done. And by the way….that’s in ENGLISH! I’m so sorry Mr Hershey…maybe you should pay your BOD a visit….might be a good time to remind them of Christmas Past, Present and Future…..

  • Erin

    I read about this in an e-mail and I was saddend by the news! How could someone move the all American Candy Company out of the states? No more for me thanks and I love to have Hersey’s candy bars just as much as the next person but why buy something from someone who is a sell-out?!? I hope that they loss the As*es over there and go belly up… I think that would leave many people laughing at them!

  • Becky

    It’s no wonder that some of us are having a harder and harder time trying to land a decent job.
    So, is the town going to change their name? Maybe they should call themselves Nestle, PA and see if they can entice a new Nestle plant to move there!

  • Kay Allen

    If I ever get a piece of Candy that says made in Mexico – China or wherever — it will end up in the trash. I will and am writing to Hershey Co. today. Hershey is as American as Apple Pie and should remain here.

  • Don

    I guess we now know where the “Arthur Anderson” Accountants went after Enron. There is no way there is enough labor in a candy bar to justify moving to a lower labor country. Who on their right mind would do that. My hometown has 3 great small chocolate comanies and I ‘m sure there are others in yours try to get your chocolate fix from a local maker. I know I will.

  • John Linton

    The Hershey move to Mexico just MIGHT be a fair sized plus for the U.S.A. Perhaps a portion of the people who had planned to swim to America will now think twice about that swim and the death march across the desert. Maybe some of the wannabee illegals will now stay in Monterey and try for one of those $5.00/hr jobs that Hersheys will offer. At any rate the pukey taste left in my mouth over the move will last far longer than the final taste of Hersheys Chocolate
    that I have already taken.
    Adios, Hersheys. ‘Been nice knowing you. All my friends, neighbors and family also offer you their good byes.

  • Gill Phelan

    As a graduate of Milton Hershey–class of ’73–Mr. Hershey deserves better. This man was a true humanitarian who put his LIFE into the community. You greedy scoundrels deserve all the bad luck you can get. How can you even sleep?Your nothing but greedy,sleezy traitors!!
    Hast la vista stupidos!!!

  • Big Al

    Well here is another American that will never
    purchase Hershey products ever again. Even in the 100th year when I visited there over priced theme park they did not even give out a free piece of chocolate to the people who visited even with all the money
    they make, Adious I hope that you go under
    because of your greed and the Mexican workers batch your making of now inferior
    chocolate products.

  • http://aol Fred

    If our government would raise taxes so high on any american company that wanted to bring goods back to the US, maybe they would think twice. Make it cost them more to bring it back. Hire all these people who are being laid off to inspect these goods to make sure that our health don’t suffer. That way we all still have jobs.

  • Melanie Tuohy

    I think this is a OUTRAGE!! The company has been a American Company for ever, Just because it’s 10% cheaper in labor cost in Mexico, WELL HELLO that is because everyone is Moving to American!!!! So how are we supposed to keep our American Economy when Big Wigs Like Richard Lenny who states this was a very HARD deicision. IT MUST NOT HAVE BEEN SINCE ITS CHEAPER FOR THE COMPANY. THEY MAKE 5 BILLION A YEAR, HOW MUCH MORE MONEY DO THEY NEED?? Well I think that he should pack up & move his family to Mexico or give up some of his MONEY to the families that will be out of a job. HARD deicision. Well I think that he should pack I WILL NEVER BUY HERSHEY’S AGAIN. I WILL ONLY PURCHASE NESTLE PRODUCTS.

  • RANDY

    #*@*^ HERSHEY’S !!!!!!!!!!!!I WILL NEVER BUY AGAIN, THESE COMPANYS TAKE AWAY THESE JOBS WITH OUT THING ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT WORKING THEY WILL NOT HAVE MONEY TO SPEND TO PUT BACK INTO THE ECONOMY, SO IN REALTY THERE WILL BE EVEN MORE JOBS LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Donna Van Buren

    Thank Goodness we have See’s chocolates to buy, and for those that don’t they can be purchased via the internet..They may not be as cheap as Hersheys, but they are better tasting and I would rather spend more on a company that cares enough about us to stay here..than on one who leaves the U.S. goes to another country, and hurts its faithful employees. No more Hershey’s for me! I hope Hershey Penn. gets so mad they change their name…

  • http://b5media laura

    i grew up in york pa and visited hershey chocolate plant & park annually with my family – we had such good times..how sad to think an american icon could sell out to mexico…no more hersheys for me
    my once happy memories(remember the tall observation tower in the shape of a hershey kiss?!) have been clouded over by green greedy smog
    shame on hershey for destroying good times!

  • Diane

    Did you know the premise on which Milton Hershey started his amibitious enterprise? When building the “unheard of” project during the depression, everyone declared Mr. Hershey must be insane. However, when a new large piece of equipment was introduced, a worker informed Mr. Hershey that this machine could do the work of 30 men. Deep in a depression, Mr. Hershey replied “Get rid of the machine and hire 30 men!” This move to Mexico in no way honors the memory of a citizen who did more for people during the depression than the government could do. What are these CEO’s thinking? It was Hershey’s good will that made a great company. Now it is the money grubbing underlings that will turn a sweet dream into a bittersweet memory.

  • Randy

    Hersheys should now have to print “made in Mexico” on their product or “Producto de Mexico” along with any other company doing outsourcing. I can then refuse to purchase those american companies doing so. I think a company focusing on Fully American Made would do well. Even if it’s more expensive, I would proudly purchase that product.

  • Sarah

    Never shall I buy another Hersheys product again. NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky

    I think that everyone who reads about this and feels that this is another betrayal to Americans and our economy, needs to not only voice their opinions here, but everywhere and loudly too. Spread the word! Tell everyone (I have)! The best way to make a company this large listen is too let them know how we feel – the more people that come forward and let Hershey know that they and their friends and their families will boycott them for taking American jobs away. There is always a chance for them to rethink – afterall, the choices are stay in America & stay in business OR move to Mexico & put even those over-paid execs out of a job.
    Look at Lowe’s – they printed in their sales flyer that they were selling “Family Trees” for the holidays. The public outcry was so loud, that they retracted and apologized and, have since, changed it back to “Christmas Trees”.

    *food for thought *

  • Vince Pfeiffer

    It is most unfortunate that an icon of Americana has to make decisions that ultimately will hurt the reputation and bottom line of the company. No one can really blame a company who needs to make a profit to stay afloat, from making decisions that are widely unpopular. I read most of the posts here and not once have I heard anyone ask why it is, an American company needs to relocate in order to make money; which in this Country has always been the motive of owning a business. I heard UNIONS, I heard TAXES on imports, I heard getting Freebies, and a lot of slam dunking. Most of that critisism may be well founded. Look at the California economy, they are taxing people and businesses out of business, Pennsylvania is no better. Between Federal, State, and Local Taxes and environmental restrictions, running a business is nearly inpossible. My friend owns a Chocolate manufacturing company near Hershy, PA, in Chester, PA. You cannot even imagine the legal hassels he has to deal with on a regular basis, just to market his products, all because of environmental, and other stupid regulations. I gave up owning a business for exactly those reasons. Rising insurance costs, legal requirements, taxes, and union issues involving employee health care benefits, how can any one of you get so upset over any business trying to salvage what is left of its company. Ask yourselves a question: Would you be willing yo forego your pay raises, or take a cut in benefits, or offset the cost of rising fuel costs by having that removed from your collective pay checks, maybe a reduction in your insurance benefits would help, or maybe you would like to let your 401 k plan not gain in value so companies like Hershey and others can maintain their pricing structure and not raise prices to offset added costs of busness. The real culprit in this whole thing is not Hershey, rather the government you all voted for that allows the government to shaft all of us to the point where they think our money is theirs and are in a position to take our money collectively. Liberalism or better described as the lunatic left wing environmentalists whose religion it is, to make this a green earth, are the real culprits. Their religion will end up controlling you all to the core. Today the president signed new regulations into law to raise the mileage standards of cars. Are you going to blame auto manufacturers when the close up shop and move elsewhere as well? Wake up people, Hersheys is a symptom, not the problem. Frankly, no one even comes close to a reeses peanut butter cup. If you remember Ross Perot describing that big sucking sound? He was right, NAFTA was a huge mistake. That is why this country does nothing to stop illegal immigration. It doesn’t matter what your political persuasion is, they all are in bed with globalism. The list you pick from that is exclusively American is very slim, and we all are guilty of allowing that to happen. Now that it is hitting an American tradition, we are standing up and wishing the company ill will without looking at what caused them to HAVE to make that choice. Even if you are from Rio Linda, the word hypocrite still comes to mind and means the same thing in any political language. The reality is simple. Ew are already in a global economy, and it happened right before our collective eyes. Why punish Hersheys for what is really your fault. That is like blaming a band aid for an injury because the sore needs to be healed. It isn’t the bandaids fault that you were injured. Neither is it Hersheys fault that in order to stay in business to compete, it has to relocate. After all, what is Hershey anymore, other than a huge corporate monolith? Hershey died a long time ago, and what really is in a name anymore?

  • Gill

    Vince, your a bag of hot air that has read to many books but has no common sense.

    First–Reese’s is a Hershey product made in the town of Hershey!

    Second–they are making plenty of profit they just want more. When they cut the labor costs will the huge savings come back in the way of lower prices to the consumer? Milton Hershey School has over 6 BILLION yes BILLION in a trust fund from the company.

    Third-Milton Hershey is much more than a name–his generosity saved my life and made it better, along with thousands of other children. He and his wife exemplifiy what LOYALTY and commitment are about

    Instead of just jabbering to hear yourself talk why don’t you do a little research?

  • J. Oakdale

    I’ll never buy another Hershey’s product again.

  • Camp Hill PA

    It’s all so short sighted – As the value of the dollar continues to plummet, and the US continues to produce more and more product overseas, it will ultimately cost the consumer more out of pocket of our dwindling currency. The Chinese RMB has already gained 15% over the past year. The Canadian Loonie is on par at 1:1. Should the Peso start to rally against the dollar, we’re all toast.

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  • http://www.chocolatebytes.com/hersheys-move-to-mexico/ Sherry Nichols

    How disappointed I am over the move to Mexico for Hershey’s Chocolate. I WILL NOT BUY NOR CONSUME any of their products again. I don’t
    care how global you say the economy is. The only thing you want is cheap labor and high prices just like the oil companies. I feel there is not reason to be loyal to a company the company
    is not loyal to the buyer.

  • Loretta in Michigan

    I can’t believe a company like Hershey’s Chocolate would do this to the people that made them what they are. I have eaten and baked with this wonderful chocolate for at least 53 years and I will now change to a different chocolate who’s company hasn’t somehow dishonored our country if I can find one. I do hope all the people in the United States will Boycott all of Hershey’s Products for the sake of our country. What ever happened to loyalty to our Great Country and the People?

  • http://Hershey Susan in Lititz, PA

    Mr. Hershey was a very compassionate, unselfish man who married a selfless woman and together they built a school. The Milton Hershey School’s Mission Statement is:
    To nurture and educate children in financial and social need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
    To learn more about these amazing people:
    http://www.hersheypa.com/town_of_hershey/history/

  • http://www.bizfin.com Robert Koveleskie

    Hershey is in the business of producing choclate products. The cost of production in the U.S. is no longer profitable for them and they had to go to Mexico where the cost of labor is much lower than the U.S.

    Frankly, I would not have cared if they had raised the price of a candy bar ten cents.

    Nevertheless, I loved Hershy candy bars, but lately I notice that the candy bar leaves a wsxy taste in your mouth.

    I will not be buying Hershey bars that are made in Mexico. In fact I don’t buy any food if I know it comes from Mexico.

    In the end, Hersehy did a lot for central Pennsylvania and nothing is forever.

    Get over it, guys!

  • Saint Nick

    When all the jobs are gone to Mexico, What will
    the American public be buying when no has jobs?
    1928 will have seemed mild to whats coming if we keep exporting our jobs. Where will the CEO’s kids go to school or get a job? There will be none left here in the states. IF Wall Street doesn’t change Warren Buffet isn’t going to save their dumbasses!! This is a time to be alarmed….

  • Rick Baird

    I have been familiar with this issue since Oct. when, while on a tour bus trip in California, we had the pleasure of a rest stop in Oakdale. It was then that we heard about the pending relocation of the hershey plant.

    This is just another spin-off from NAFTA, (North American Free Trade Association), which promotes the relocation of American manufacturing to forgeign countries for cheaper labor/manufacturing cost. In the process, they eliminate U.S. jobs and then import their product back into the U.S., without tariffs, and expect the American consumer to buy their products.
    It is time to start saying “NO” to these so-called American Companies – if you are going to relocate the jobs outside of the country then don’t expect us to by your product.

    I find it amazing that none of the Presidential candidate have addressed the NAFTA issue, which is detrimental to our economy and country.

    I say to Hershey Company – if you don’t want to invest in the United States, that fine – but I also don’t have to invest in you. I can live without chocolate.

    Rick Baird

  • http://Racrafton5403@aol.com Richard

    And they increase price.

    Hershey’s Candy Bars Going Up in Price
    price increase due to the rising cost of milk
    January 28, 2008
    By Marc Levy, AP Business Writer

    http://www.standeyo.com/NEWS/08_Food_Water/080129.Hershey.choc.up.html

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  • http://www.pbaird@wi.rr.com Heide Baird

    Like everything else in this country – the factories
    are all leaving for cheap labor – i am sooo
    ashamed of Hershey – I will NOT buy no more
    choclate from them – they do not care about the
    middle class here in america – and this will kick
    them in the butt in the future – i will tell all my
    friends not to buy hershey’s anymore. Pathetic!!

  • Chris

    Wow.

    First, how many people complaining here buy stuff at discount retailers like Wal-Mart? Everyone who does should just pipe down, because *y’all* are the ones forcing Hershey’s to cut costs in the first place. Hershey’s is bowing to the immense and constant pressure of their distributors/retailers/consumers to keep prices low and their shareholders to increase share price. Hershey’s is just the latest in a *long* series of US companies that have been forced by the US consumer market to offshore operations to keep prices down.

    Ironically, the greatest tragedy in this instance is that Hershey is going to retain control of the actual *product*, from formula to QA. They’d probably make better chocolate if they outsourced management of the company to Mexico as well. Latin America has a much longer and better run at making good eating and drinking chocolate than we do. So does Europe. Don’t feel bad – they did have a two- or three-century head start.

    So yes, by all means, stop buying Hershey’s and go find some good regional chocolate producers that care more about making quality product than about pleasing shareholders. Be ready to look a bit harder and pay a bit (or a lot) more for it, and be ready to accept that most good chocolate doesn’t come from the US, and what does is largely following traditions started elsewhere. Here’s a place to start – http://www.dilettante.com/

  • Tom Sharp

    Our famiy will also join the ranks of boycotting Hershey products.Don’t these companies understand that the people they employ in this country are also the ones who buy there product .The downward spiral of the economy continues.

  • Niki

    This news saddens me, if true. Hershey’s products were always a treat and a staple in my home when I was growing up. Over the last two years, my husband, 7 yr old son and I have gotten into a new family tradition of going to Hershey, Pa. for Easter. No more.

    We were a little shocked, but not very surprised, when we heard of this news about 6 months ago. It is hardly a shock anymore when an American company packs up and moves to countries with lax standards, worker exploitation, low wages, low cost, low overhead and max profits.

    I guess that it was expecting too much to not think that the Hershey company would fall prey to this new corporate climate. Oh well, there is always Palmer’s or other companies like them that choose to operate in the US.

  • deborah ross

    I wrote a letter to the comapny regarding my disappointment in their decision to trade off for profits on the backs of the American workers. This was (in part) their reply – I recieved this today.

    Our history in the town goes back more than 100 years, and we are
    committed to continue making the world’s best chocolate products in
    Hershey, Pennsylvania. In fact, the company operates – and will continue to
    operate – three factories in Hershey.

    The Hershey Company is making changes to our global manufacturing
    network to ensure that our company remains competitive in the global
    marketplace for the long-term. When these changes are completed, 90 percent of
    the items that Hershey sells in the United States and Canada will
    continue to be made in these countries. And we will continue to make
    Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter
    Cups in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

  • Jb

    While doing a report on Hershey for a college class I discovered the following. One of the reasons it is moving its plants to Mexico is because its sales in Mexico are growing and it just makes sense to produce products where they are going to be sold instead of making them somewhere else and then shipping them there, especially when your product is food. So before you assume the worst, why don’t you consider the fact that not all business decisions are ruthless. Some of them are just common sense.

  • http://yahoo Charles Irby

    Its amazing what people will do for greed. Because thats all it is. So just how many millions does a vice president or president of a company need. How many summer homes, yachts and expensive cars does anyone need. I hope the whole company goes broke. I really is sad.

  • miranda

    I don’t really buy Hershey’s anymore. i stick to snickers and midnight milky ways and m&ms. if they want to go ahead and make chocolate in mexico they can go right ahead. i don’t eat it. and who knows what they are putting into the hershey’s chocolate these days

  • http://www.bizfin.com Robert Koveleskie

    I, to, am very disappointed that Hersehy is moving to Mexico. Nevertheless, Hershey has dumbed down their choclate. Haven’t you noticed the waxy taste of the candy bar the last several years? Venting my ire will do not good so I am not going to get upset about it. We must thingk positive about this. Hershey leaving and dunbing down their candy bar allows an opportunity for us to start a choclate bar company and make millions?

  • http://www.bizfin.com Robert Koveleskie

    I, too.. not I “to.” Sorry for the typo. And not “thingk”–think. Will do no good and not do “not” good. Wow! I should have proofed the email But yo get the point of my quick email.

  • http://www.myspace.com/horseeone Becky S

    I’m from Michigan, just south of me is the city of Flint. In case you haven’t heard of it…. Flint used to be the home base of General Motors, until they decided to shut down the plants. Now, Flint is one of the worst places in the country to live, the crime rate is through the roof. If you want to get an idea of what exactly happens when a plant that supports a city shuts down, go find the documentary called “Roger & Me”, made by Micheal Moore… That shows the real travesty behind these kinds of moves…..

  • Eric L

    I live in Oakdale, Ca, where one of the Hershey plants closed. One of the cool things about having the plant was the sweet smell of chocolate that would waft about the area. So sad that no one in my town will ever again have this pleasure.

    I feel sick to my stomach knowing that so many people in this community have lost their jobs. Chocolate festival? What chocolate? It just makes me sick. Sick sick sick. Throw the American worker under the bus for the almighty dollar!

    I’m just glad Hershey doesnt make M&Ms. Love em.

    I havent eaten a Hershey product in a year now since I heard they were moving. Screw that good for nothing company. So tired of the greed.

  • http://akchocolates.blogspot.com/ Aaron Kautz

    Hershey was an extraordinary man. He did more for the community during the depression, offering jobs, building schools and taking boys off the streets. I can’t believe that the new CEO’s would disgrace the name by closing plants and outsourcing to Mexico (I have nothing against our southern neighbors). And yes, I have noticed that the quality of Hershey chocolates to be sub par! -Aaron

  • Eric L

    Looks like things are looking up a bit for Oakdale. A gourmet chocolate company has bought the former Hershey plant here, and offered jobs to alot of the old Hershey employees. I’m not sure when the plant starts production, or when they will even move in, but this is great news.

    Looks like one company values the American worker…..

  • http://chocolatebytes.com/ Heather

    That’s great news, Eric!

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    Eric, the company is called Sconza, they’re based in Oakland (a family owned business). They make some excellent chocolate covered toffee almonds … but I think you’ll be finding that out personally soon!

    The purchase should finalize in May and the production should start in October (in time for Christmas, I’m guessing).

  • Candy

    WOW!!! Am I behind a few melinial? I am a choco – holic, One large Snickers a day, one whole german chocolate cake or one large solid chocolate easter bunny, it’s made no difference to me other than some incredible milk chocolate’s by See’s, Bedre’, and I have always preferred Nestle. With 5 children, there is always an over flow of chocolate something in our house…..So, why am I just learning about this? Must have been the chocolate rock I’ve been living under. I have a radio show and can’t wait to shout from the roof tops to my listener’s “No more HERSHEY’S”!!!!! I’m part Mexican, sorry, still NO MORE HERSHEY”S! Please, post an e – mail address where I can buy from the company that purchased the Hershey’s plant. I would love to show them some American support. God bless the cocoa bean!!!

  • Nmoerbeek

    Hershey’s is an American institution.

    Now I would rather buy a can of green beans than eat a Hershey bar.

  • Jeff

    Death to Hershey’s never again, how can we start a national campaign to kick there butts out, they don’t want us working for them, we don’t want them here in the U.S. Also we should demand that Hershey, PA change its name to something else, this company as well as many others have proven themselves unworhty to call themselves American. Stand up Americans, before there is nothing to stand up for.

  • The Gnome

    Just remember this and all the other companies that have fled the US, and then remember who’s husband signed NAFTA and who’s father pushed for the bill. Politicians today are all corrupt and on the take without exception of their political affiliation. They are all crooked, self centered, egotistical baffoons. From the White House and Congress through every state capital and right down to the local level.
    I’m sure that if the founding fathers were able to return to the 21st century, they would be here about 5 minutes before they signed a new Declaration of Independence. Only this time it would be a declaration against corporate greed, political corruption, and political correctness.
    God save America!

  • Sam

    Candy(etal)
    All should read the story of Sconza Candy Company who bought the Oakdale California Hershy plant I believe the web site is http://www.sconzacandy.com

    I don’t know anything about candy production and only wonder how much clean water is needed in the production process?? MEXICO???

  • Tricia

    People wear clothes that say made in Mexico, China ect. Its not different if if a chocolate bar is made elsewhere too. The supplies will all still be the same “Hershey’s” the only thing that is changing is the location where the labor takes place.
    Now, we Americans complain about immigration but yet we go to Mexico and take advantage of people through cheap labor.
    “Americans”: before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.

  • Andy

    You guys are hypocrites! It’s horrible. how many of you purchase from GAP? Gap had sweatshops in India recently. It’s not like Hershey’s will not be the same ever again. How about you guys move over to mexico and see what you think. Although we are in a recession, we are still the basis for their economy as well. We are “Americans”. Who is a true american, huh? Almost no one! We come from diversity, different countries. You guys need to chill out over this situation. I still love Hershey’s, but when the day comes that they are becoming like Wal-mart, I’ll have to put my foot down.

  • SUSAN

    Has anyone checked with Hershey. As I understand it when I called the number on the package, Hershey is opening a plant in Mexico to sell to the people of Mexico and not taking away jobs from here due to the new plant. Companys close plants for multiple reasons. Also the package will state if it was made in another country. I will look on all packages and not buy from the Mexico products.

  • kevin

    i’ve been wondering about this too, i sent them an email today. i’m just thinking, if they move to mexico, and make products there, wouldn’t that cause us to lose money because we’re buying from another country?
    thats my concern with a lot of companies, if they brought them back here we could keep our money in our country.
    and who cares about shareholders? they can put their money somewhere else if they need to. the hershey bar is the great AMERICAN chocolate bar for a reason.

  • Becky S

    My major point and issue with this whole move to Mexico is that Hershey is closing its plant in Hershey, PA. Thus, leaving a city of people who have been devoted to the company out of their jobs. The whole town has dedicated itself to the chocolate plant, they even have a theme park. I honestly can not imagine that they will be able to survive effectively with that much of a loss. Just look up Flint, MI, a town that used to thrive on GM plants and, since most of the plants have closed, the city has gone to hell. It has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Unemployment soars there. Flint is now is such a sad state from what it used to be.

  • http://yahoo.com jake adams

    i think that the transition is good because the people without jobs will now have jobs and the parents might get minumum wage wich is better then what they had before and the children wont have to be forced to work to help keep the family alive.

  • Lynn

    This is very sad indeed..I cant imagine going the rest of my life without Hersheys chcolate. I guess if someone gives me Hersheys Ill buy it..otherwise Ill stick to Lindt. And of course SEE’s.

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    You know, Hershey’s will still be made in the US … about 90% of the current product line will still be American made. Just look at the package.

    There will be some items made in Mexico that will be available in US, but the majority of the stuff made in Mexico is for Mexico or other Central American markets.

    Anyone who thinks that Hershey’s is closing their iconic Hershey, PA factory is sadly misinformed.

  • http://chocolatebytes.com/ Heather

    Cybele, you’ve brought up an extremely good point about Hershey not closing the plant in PA — I think people just aren’t reading the article thoroughly or don’t realize there are more plants than just that one. All I’ve been able to find out about PA is that they’ve laid off workers, but that happens.

  • http://yahoo.com Betty

    I wish no companies felt that they had to leave the U.S. to survive. We know there is greed among shareholders and CEO’s, and even among unions. CEO’s have convinced themselves they are more important than they really are – hence the excessive perks. Shareholders demand more and more dividends no matter what it costs others – like losing jobs. I understnad that unioni bosses help good people keep their jobs, but they also convince people to ask for more and more until business gets fed up and moves away. Sometimes labor leaders are the greediest of the bunch. I’ve never seen a union leader dress in clothes off the rack or live a simple life. What’s up with that? We do need business leaders who are not out of touch with their workers and are straight with their workers. We need less union interference, not more. They, like politicians, are definitely out of touch with the rank and file. Sometimes I even wish we could go back a little when “wants” weren’t necessities. Haven’t we all heard that there are very few real necessities in life? Yes, we could make enough money to live and have some left for savings and family vacations. The reality is that we have become obsessed with the latest toys and having it all that we can’t understand anything else! My conclusion is that our excessive consumerism should take some of the blame for our sad lives in this country. We have convinced ourselves that we should be able to have more than we need. We have so much that storage units are needed to keep excessive amounts of “things” that we don’t use or even see. I’m not sure this is what we really should be doing. I don’t even know many people who have a lot of “things” and are happy. Have we gone too far? Should we hold ourselves, business, and our polilticians responsible for making it nearly impossible to compete with other countries in manufacturing? For example, how about GM, Ford, etc.? Why didn’t they jump on the bandwagon and manufacture small fuel efficient cars after the fuel shortage in the 70′s? They could have had a great future and would not have had to close plants in this country if they had done it. Instead, they were thinking in the past and were too stubborn to change their ways. They (and all of us) lost! I can’t stand to hear them whine about low sales and having to close plants when they brought it on themselves. I’m rambling so I hope this isn’t impossible to understand. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we have all had a part in the demise of American business here in the U.S. If we want cheaply made products, and if we want to see more jobs move away, keep it up! Then we’ll have a lot to be angry about!

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    I know that there are so many comments here that this will not be read but here goes:

    Hershey’s moved their CANADIAN production facilities to Mexico … not their American ones. They closed several factories and consolidated some production (including outsourcing the some of the cocoa roasting and cocoa liquor production to another company that performs this in the US, not overseas)

    Heather, perhaps you should update the post to include this information:

    http://www.hersheys.com/faqs/faq-corporate.asp#faq_top

  • ericl

    Cybele, hershey DID in fact close at least one American production facility…..the one in my home town….

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    ericl – I’m not saying that they didn’t close factories. (Actually, I did say exactly that, please read more carefully, they just closed different ones for different reasons.)

    I’m saying that they didn’t move production of candy for the American market to Mexico. They moved production of candy for the Central American market to Mexico (they were exporting things). They also outsourced some of the raw material production to AMD, Cargill & Blommer (all American companies).

    I just think it’s oversimplifying things saying that the jobs were shipped off to Mexico and that we’re all going to end up buying Mexican candy … that’s simply not true.

    People who say that they’re going to boycott Hershey’s now are just throwing out the baby with the bathwater. You want to support American jobs, that’s great! But then make sure you’re buying American candy … Hershey’s still makes American candy and if you still think that the people employed by Hershey’s in the US deserve to have jobs, then keep buying the stuff that says Made in the USA … boycott the Mexican, Canadian or other imported candies.

    I think if people want to rail against something it should be American sugar subsidies. American confectioners pay several times the global market price for sugar, and for candies that are made mostly of sugar (hard candies, taffies, licorice, etc.) it makes little financial sense to make them in the states when it’s a fraction of the cost to make them Mexico (or Brazil as Nestle does) even without the labor taken into account. Stockholders and Wall Street put a lot of pressure on companies to be super-efficient and super-profitable.

  • http://none Stan

    I am going to start checking the labels when I buy food, I will not buy choc made in mexico, they have no HEALTH STANDARDS, I already go out of my way to buy stuff from walmart and crap made in CHINA

  • http://none Stan

    Go out of my way to avoid is what I ment!
    MEXICO CHOC IS LIKE EATING LEAD

  • Tricia

    Come on folks! stop being so ignorant by saying that Hershy’s will no longer be American! or made in America
    To spark up some memory on geography, Mexico is America!
    Stop blaming and having all this anger toward Mexico making it seem like its their fault. The decision comes solely from Hershey’s and that’s what they want.
    So, if you want to be mad at Hershey’s be mad at Hershey’s. I don’t blame you, but don’t bring immigration issues or Mexican people into it.

  • http://yahoo.com Betty

    Actually, I am finding that no matter where Hershey’s candy bars are made, I don’t like the taste anymore, either. It used to taste really good. A change in the formula? Ingredients? I still buy the chocolate chips for cooking, but I’ve switched to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and See’s candies. They are expensive, but they have a great taste and no after taste of a waxy kind. Too bad.

  • http://www.myspace.com/horseeone Becky

    I have to agree with Betty. I used to buy Hershey chocolate all the time, but I can’t stand their milk chocolate anymore. I still get the dark chocolate occasionally, but that doesn’t seem to taste as rich as it used to. We just might be seeing the end of the great chocolate bar based on that! Which is so sad.

  • Ted

    Hershey has changed the formula on some of the chocolate bars. They are no longer Milk Chocolate, but use vegetable oil as a replacement for milk. The quality is awful. That alone is a reason not to by Hershey. Now that is corporate greed. Maybe this will lead to new companies to fill the void for a quality product. However I will miss the “old” Hershey brand. I will not purchase again.I agree Milton Hershey would sad to see what has become of his company.

  • http://FilmintheUSA.com Film USA

    Many thanks for posting this familiar corporate story.
    If American’s want to rebuild their country it will be ONE dollar at a time and they will need to begin making prudent choices in where they place their dollars. The film industry has been doing this for many years to increase their profits and it’s time that American’s think twice before placing there dollars down on films that are made abroad! Thanks again for this posting this story, I’ve called Hershey’s and told them to tell their CEO that Hershey’s is NOT “the sweetest place on earth” anymore and they won’t be getting any more of my dollars! I’ve also linked this story to my site @ http://www.filmintheusa.com/

  • John

    Thanks once more to NAFTA and our glourious politicians in DC. I can only wonder how many people have lost their homes as part of this offshoring of US jobs. It is amazing to me that these supposedly educated people that we have in DC are incapable of correlating these agreements and free trade agreements with the loss of jobs and home foreclosures. It is time that we wake up and hear the messages of politicians rather than 30 second sound bites. The people with small budgets may just be the ones that we should be voting for.

  • http://Yahoo.com Betty

    NAFTA was not in our best interests, but once again, I have to say that I don’t put the blame solely on our politicians. My personal opinion is that I think we’re all at fault for wanting lavish lifestyles, and for the debt we have piled on ourselves. Most of us were busy spending what we didn’t have for at least the last decade. Then there are the people who had no business buying a house and were being qualified without credit checks or verification of employment. It’s like an example of co-signing for people who don’t pay their bills so can’t get credit, but are awarded mortgages that we expect they won’t be able to pay.

    And now the plan to bail out financial institutions not only doesn’t seem to be working, but it doesn’t make any sense. The plan changes so much that I don’t see how anyone can understand it and certainly the people who are doing the so-called planning don’t seem to know what they’re doing. It is very scary.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that everyone from the President on down is at fault for the economic disaster we are experiencing now (and for a long time to come). Remember how long it took for the last housing bust to come up to the ridiculous prices people paid for houses a couple of years ago? It took our state from 1990 to 2005 to recover. Remember the savings and loan companies that failed and the people who took the savings of many people with them when they bailed? We sure didn’t learn from that! Remember deregulation of companies like ENRON? Unfortunately, this time it is much worse! If we don’t learn this time, how long will we be in business? We are seeing retailers going down with incredible speed. It will have a domino effect, of course. Construction is down so people lose jobs. Manufacturing is down so people lose jobs. Stores close. People lose retail jobs. Now all of those people will stop buying because they don’t have money because they don’t have jobs. And so on, and so on. It affects everything from manufacturing to trucking to merchandising to purchasing. Yikes! Where does it end? I am usually optimistic, but it’s becoming more difficult to be optimistic about our future. We need leaders who really do reduce spending (esp. pork) and do not give themselves raises while they are at it, and who take this very seriously. They need to come down on CEO’s who are still being paid for failure to lead. They need to formulate a good plan to dig ourselves out of this mess. Finally, all of us should support our businesses (if we can), but do so prudently. Don’t spend so much that we can’t pay our credit card debts. Now, I’ll get off my soapbox. Finally!

  • http://FilmintheUSA.com Film USA

    It’s almost 2009 and on the wrapper of a Hershey Bar it’s printed “Made in the USA”.

    How can that be? Is this just a simple oversight?
    or are they truly that arrogant!

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    Film USA – did you read over the complete post & comments? Hershey’s has moved SOME production to Mexico but has made statements that the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar will continue to be made in the USA.

    Products to be made in Mexico include the York Peppermint Pattie, 5th Avenue, some specialty molded products, Reese’s Select Clusters and likely more sugar-based candies like Twizzlers and Jolly Ranchers (though I’m just guessing on those).

  • http://FilmintheUSA.com Film USA

    Thanks Cybele for the clarification. So we know the bar is not made in Hershey, PA or Oakdale, CA. However, do you happen to know “exactly” where in the USA it is made? btw Cybele you have a fantastic site!

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    Film USA – I don’t understand, why do you not think it’s made in Hershey, PA?

    The factory is still there and running. (I was just there in October.) Yes they cut jobs. Yes, they’ve outsourced the cacao processing (to make the cocoa liquor – that’s still done in the US by Barry Callebaut) but all the blending of the cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar and milk products is done in the Hershey, PA factory.

    Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and KitKat Bars are all still made in Hershey, PA as well. (But some of the novelty items may not be, check the labels.)

  • http://FilmintheUSA.com Film USA

    Thanks Cybele, A friend of mine just took the Hershey Tour and mentioned there was no chocolate being made. I now realize that he didn’t get a real “factory” tour like the one I got as a kid many years ago. Thanks Cybele for setting the record straight as you do know your sweets! enjoy

  • http://www.typetive.com/candyblog cybele

    The Hershey Tour is just a ride (kind of like “It’s a Small Chocolate World!”) … no, there’s no real chocolate made there, though they do use real chocolate in parts of the ride displays.

    The factory is still going there, and no, I haven’t been in it either since it was closed to the public in the 70s. But there were plenty of workers going in and out as it was shift change and I have friends live and work in the area. If they’re not making Hershey bars in there, they’re putting on a heck of a show.

    However, I did find some items in their “factory” store that were made in Mexico, including their giant Hershey’s Kisses … which is really sad. The regular sized Kisses are still made in the US.

    (You might want to make that correction on your web page.)

  • http://FilmintheUSA.com Film USA

    Thanks again Cybele for the clarification, my site has been updated. . . enjoy!

  • http://Yahoo.com Betty

    Thanks for the new info on Hershey! However and wherever it is made, unless the chocolate reverts back to the old and very wonderful recipe, I won’t be buying any Hershey products. Still buying See’s and RMCF candies. Good taste and still using delicious recipes. Too bad Hershey had to change the formula. Oh well, guess that’s what they were aiming for when they made all of the changes.

  • Eric L

    The Oakdale plant used to give full factory tours, you got to see the candies on the assembly lines, etc. It was like the opening credits for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Sadly, they stopped giving tours after Sept 11, and well, I guess its all a moot point now.

  • Eric L

    BTW, the company that moved into the old Hershey plant in Oakdale, Sconza Candy Co. are awesome people. At least there’s still candy being made in my town :)

  • Kenneth

    There are many diverse comments here concerning the Hershey Company. I was raised in Hershey, PA in the childrens home started by Mr. Hershey and his wife when they realized they could not have chiuldren. Mr. Hershey saved me from being raised on the streets. When my Father died in 1929, my Mother could not keep six children so she put my two brothers and me in Mr. Hershey’s home for children, now known as The Milton Hershey School.
    In 1915 Mrs. Hershey died. In 1916 Mr. Hershey gave his fortune to the childrens home. Before he died, Mr. Hershey set up a Board of Managers . Mr. Hershey’s gift to the school included controlling interest in the chocolate factory and ownership of every thing else he owned in Hershey. The
    controlling interest makes the childrens home the largest stockholder in Hershey Company and administered by the Hershey Trust that answers to the Board of Managers.
    So, you can see that the Board of Managers has control of every thing Hershey.
    Back in 2002 when the chocolate factory was up for sale, guess who wanted it sold ? The Board of Managers wanted it sold, even though the CEO of Hershey Company did not want it sold. So, ask the Chairman of the Board of Managers who wants Hershey chocolate made in Mexico.

  • jack

    losing our jobs , small buisness our way of like to mexico has gone on long enough we have to get out in the street and protest my company close this will lose two hundred employees this year due to imports fom mexico , we are not moving our company down south, but we can not compete anymore with cheap imports from mexico , if you would like to join me and a 1000 other u.s.a. jobless middleclass people that has lost thier jobs to offshore and mexico for a all out march and protest , shutting down the freeway from nogales to tucson please e-mail me at c182310p@yahoo.com WE NEED TO GET THIS DONE IT HAS GONE ON LNG ENOUGH, WE THE PEOPLE CAN SAVE OUR COUNTRY MY GOD BLESS AMERICIA

  • jack

    BY THE WAY JUST FOR PEOPLE THAT DON;T THINK MEXICO IS A THREAT LAST YEAR THEY CROSSED 284 THOUSAND LOADS INTO THE UNITED STATES THREW NOGALES ARIZONA , LOOK AT ALL THOSE LOST U.S. JOBS , MARCH , PROTEST FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE FEB. 12 TH 2009 JACK e-mail c182310p@yahoo.com

  • Ron

    Buy MARS instead?

    They have plants in Mexico as well…

  • Lawrence Bogner

    I don’t know what else is made in Mexico, but given the Mexican propensity for sanitation, I would not knowingly eat any ready to eat food from there.

    I find it utterly ironic that companies move to Mexico, or where ever, and then expect Americans to buy their products.

  • Julie

    Mars has lots of plants. There are 8 manufacturing plants in the USA. All USA candy is made in the US, with a couple of Canadian exceptions. Plants in other countries make product just for their own areas. Check Mars.com

  • D. sherwood

    We have all heard the saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”
    I think the move to mexico, is just the thing that will bring Hershey to there knees. It will be like a big flood, people will just stop buying there product! Not just becuase they don’t support the USA, but because the kind of workers they will get. IF ALL THESE MEXICANS ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO GET OVER THE BOARDER…What make Hershey think they are getting a better work force? YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. This is a very STUPID move for such a long time successful company. Maybe the CEO should work for a reasonable salary?
    I have no doubt, they will lose big time with this move.

  • Kenneth

    D. Sherwood, see my post above and be sure you read it. I explain in it that the CEO of Hershey Chocolate has little or no control over where the chocolate is made. He may recommend where but the Milton Hershey School Board of Managers (BOM)has the final say because the Hershey Trust , which the Board of Managers (BOM)controls, has the controlling stock in Hershey Chocolate. Don’t blame the CEO, just ask the Chairman of the BOM.

  • http://www.kingskode.com King Kohn

    I am putting this little fact in my book and asking people not to buy Hershey products. If they don’t want us working for them, I think it’s time to say we don’t want them. I don’t eat their processed food products anyways. Maybe we should all not them. Corporations have one great weakness – money. When you know your adversaries weakness, you have the power to conquer them. Let’s not give these guys any money. Simple. Easy. Eat organic dark chocolate instead. It’s cheaper, better, fewer calories and tastes like a dream.

  • Tom

    Way to go Hershey’s I doubt anyone in management cares about the USA or the people who made it an AMERICAN icon.

    I will not be giving my kids any Hershey products.

    Hershey’s The B. Arnold of candy bars.

  • ken grossett

    boycot Hershey !!!

  • http://www.chocolatebytes.com/hersheys-move-to-mexico/ Jamie Barnhart

    Wake up America! This is yet, another factory leaving the United States that’s supposed to save the investors money and yet, you won’t see the savings of the candy bar passed on to you. It’s all about profit. If they are going to become a foreign made chocolate treat, then there are other choices of chocolates made by foreigners (not connected with Hershey) that we can buy from. Boycott Hershey America, let them pay for their decision to move it to Mexico.

  • Julie

    I work as a retail merchandiser and I found another interesting phenomenon about Hershey’s and I have a theory about that. Although Hershey’s sales are down, due to poor product quality and poor PR, their profits are up. And a previous poster is correct, the savings are not going to the many small businesses who sell the product, nor to the consumer.
    Last week I followed behind a Hershey’s merchandiser into a store, he or she had signed the vendor book right before me. I bet the employee 5 bucks that I would find expired Hershey’s candy on the shelf. Lo and behold 12 boxes of expired candy. I find a huge amount of expired Hershey’s every day in my accounts and inform the owners. I believe that Hershey’s is not writing credits for these products because 20-50 dollars per small outlet location in the US would put a dent in their bottom line. I consider this to be a fraud on their stockholders as well as a reprehensible business policy. They want to either go ahead and sell the expired stuff to the consumer (old and new Hershey doesn’t taste that different, all bad) or have the struggling small business owner eat the loss.
    The candy company I work for insists that we remove old candy. They would never intentionally leave out an expired product. It could actually cost me my job if I did that.
    For those of you who would like to know the code, it looks like this 8A, 9C, ect. the number 8 or 9 is the year. The letter stands for the month A for Jan, B for Feb, etc. These codes are used on both Hershey and Nestle candy. Nestle is also not pulling expired candy and that is from the horses mouth.
    Just another reason that Hershey’s sucks.
    I think I will go have a Snickers :)

  • marty

    how greedy can these executives at hershey get. i worked in the chocolate busisness for most my life. i know first hand how much money is made. The president of one of the smaller candy companies in reading once made the comment that oil and chocolate is the best way to make loads of money. He said since there are no oil wells in reading chocolate only makes sense. not only will i refuse to purchase any hershey product,i will also boycott hershey park. you executives at hershey can stick your product up the hershey highway.

  • http://www.kingskode.com King

    I’ve read many new and interesting blogs as of late regarding Hersheys Candy. I vehemently suggest boycotting all Hershey products. If fact I say boycott all products from all companies who have sold us out and moved their operations out of the country. We, as Americans, have a wonderful opportunity to take back our country. Corporations desire ONLY one thing – Money. Let’s not give it to those corporations who are laying us off, moving operations overseas and doing things we don’t feel it right. I’ve talked with many people about exactly this. The American people have so much power if we simply put it to use. Let’s start by not buying any Hershey’s products. I believe we should also not buy any more new vehicles until car manufacturers begin to produce green vehicles freeing us from dependence on oil. Oil = crack. We need other options.

    Take care my friends,
    King

  • Vikki Mankins

    I was unaware of the closing until it was brought to my attention by another friend of mine who is a chocolate lover as well.

    I guess I will have to look at my wrappers more carefully from now on and I will not buy any product that is outsourced.

    We have enough people in this country that need jobs.

    What ever happened to the Great American Dream, it has all but died.

  • http://roadrunner James Lewis

    with the current state of americas depression how can hersey move american jobs to mexico can a corp.be any more unamerican i will never buy another hersy product and call on all real americans to boycott hersey candies and all the hersey subsidaries. i do hope herseys market dries up

  • Vincent Higgs

    Over the years it has been a treat to eat Hershey chocolate. I was shocked and disgusted that Hershey will open a factory in Mexico. What are the trustees thinking about ? If they think that people will still buy their chocolate they are mistaken!! I will not buy any more chocolate iuntil they move back to the good old U.S.A.
    We wonder why our country is in the shape it is in ,it is due partly to outsourcing.
    Vincent
    Kentucky

  • Nanny

    I live one block from Luden’s which Hershey bought many years ago and changed the 5th Avenue bar totally. A friend of mine has worked for Luden’s forever. She made $18 to $20 an hour depending which department she was in. She was offered a job at the plant in Mexcio at $4.77 an hour. God Bless America!

  • Elizabeth

    I too will not buy Hershey products that are outsourced. This was not Milton Hershey’s dream. He built the town on the American Dream which does not include outsourcing. And now York Peppermint patties?
    This country is in bad enough shape right now. Milton Hershey would have given people work not taken it away from them. He should only know how his company is getting ruined by “trustees”.
    I used to look forward to every October and going to Hershey and buying at least $50.00 worth of candy to give to friends and family.
    Not any more.!
    We as Americans need to stick together and boycott these companies that take our money out of our pocket, give it to those in Mexico, or overseas anywhere, so they can fatten their corporate wallets.
    If corporations would concentrate on “lean manufacturing ” it would keep the AMERICAN workforce WORKING and this country would flourish.

  • Lewis Leazer & Peggy Leazer

    Hi fellow Americans: I hate to hear that ANOTHER American company has pulled up anchor and went South. My wife has always used Hershey’s in all her baking. Since they have left us we will now leave them. Hope you can sell all this product to the South of the Border gang. I intend on making sure that every machine that has their product in it will have a notice of where the product is made. If your leaving us you should be proud to let the consume know that you don’t want to invest in our country or it’s people, but Hershey wants you to buy their product. That seems to be the thought process of companies more money no loyalty to the country that made them what they are. The government will not stop companies from leaving but encourages them with tax breaks, the American CONSUMER has a sword that is pretty darn big. Companies understand inventory. No buy, no make. This is a attitude i have had since 1987 as our company stared shutting down production in the US to send jobs to Mexico. The writing was on the wall even back then. Can we please outsource or congressmen and senators with Mexicans and Chinese. They couldn’t hurt us any worse, but they would work cheaper.

  • Jim

    I’m glad to see so many people are FINALLY “getting it”. It does matter that we buy American! Everyone seems so intent that we can all continue to buy products from foreign sources and still maintain our standard of living. We’re all finding out differently. We must support each other. We must call on our Congressional leaders to level the playing field in the arena of global trade. Unfortunately, we’re all learning a painful lesson from our oblivious consumption habits.

    On the light side, David West, CEO of Hershey, just got a 6.3M bonus for sending good paying jobs south of the border and reformulating to iconic chocolate bar to resemble the taste of a stick of Crisco. WAKE UP! Corporate GREED is killing the United States! Support your fellow American. Boycott! Boycott! Send a message to the corporate executive pigs of the world.

  • ALEXUSN

    I HAVE ALREADY STARTED LOOK FOR A DARK CHOCOLATE. I NORMALLY EAT A VERY SMALL AMOUNT ALMOST EVERY DAY IN MY WORK OUT RATHER THAN A POWER BAR, NUTS, CHOCOLATE AND BANANA.

    I WILL NO LONGER BUY ANY HERSHEY ITEM.

  • tucker

    Everone must boycott these companies when this happens because eventually it will be your company that moves to mexico.

    Shareholder profits are important for a business but a paycheck is more important to the families of those that get laid off.

  • Michael Mann

    Hershey Candy Company recently closed its plant in Reading, Pa. as well. (May 2009) moving it’s operations to Mexico. Over 300 American workers at Hershey’s Reading plant, lost jobs as Hershey Corporation deserted another United States location.

    Personally…I have stopped buying Hershey candy in protest, and never intend to purchase a Hershey candy bar as long as they remain a Mexican company. I’m also concerned about the safety of the ‘food product’ that they produce now out of reach of some FDA guidelines and food production inspections.

    If you wish to join the growing boycott of Hershey candies from Mexico…You must check the back of the candy wrapper you are about to purchase. Do not assume that your Snicker bar, or Milky Way is a Mars chocolate company product; Hershey has bought out many of the top candy company names in recent years.

    Oh…by the way…don’t forget that for every dollar you spend at Hershey Park, Pa. executives of the Mexican firm will snicker, all the way to the bank…Don’t be a fool…As an American consumer, you ‘do’ have a voice, so use it by not purchasing products from companies who desert America.

  • berfel

    I’ve stopped buying all products imported from other countries. And you can call me an isolationist if you wish, but if you do the same, the jobs you save will be your own. Stop supporting your own demise.

    • gelillc

      That also goes along with Plant material , We need to start planting native plants to our own region …You would be shocked if you knew how much plant material is not native to the USA….www.goodearthlandscapellc.com

  • http://popcorngreetingcards.com Susan Placek

    This is yet another case of corporate greed.
    My suggestion: Let them pay a hefty penalty when bringing the chocolate back into the U.S. for sale, to make up for the losses the country and the whole region endures due to their selfish actions.

    When it is financially not worth it they won’t go.

  • Pat

    Et tu Hershey? I grew up in Pennsylvania and even though it was not near Hershey, I was always proud that Hershey was there. It was so American – like baseball and apple pie. When I heard they were closing plants, putting Americans out of work and moving to Mexico, I was more heartsick than angry. I still am. Smaller candy bars and higher prices didn’t stop me from buying Hershey’s Almond Bars, but their moving production to Mexico has. I am just one person, but if I tell someone and they tell someone and so on and so on, maybe we will make a difference. At least I can sleep at night knowing I care.
    Be aware that Hershey also owns the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation; Dagoba, which manufactures organic chocolate; Scharffen Berger, a boutique chocolate maker out of Berkeley, CA; and the San Francisco-based chocolatier Joseph Schmidt Confections. I won’t buy any of these brands either.
    I also won’t shop at Sears or WalMart, but those are stories for another day!

  • Geraldine Repp

    I am so sad to see that my favorite chocolate is moving it production out of the US. I am also sad to say that I will no longer buy any Hershey products.
    All of the trick or treaters will be disappointed, but I am afraid to buy this product anymore. I will surely miss you. GOOD BYE!

  • Mark

    I will no longer purchase Hershey products. Can anyone post the different products under the various brands that Hershey now owns? I do not want anything, under any name that Hershey makes.

  • Mark

    This is a list of some of what Hershey makes.

    The Hershey Company, formerly known as Hershey Foods Corporation, manufactures 5 varieties of chocolate bars:

    * Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is commonly thought of as “plain” or “normal” Hershey’s chocolate.
    * Hersey’s with almonds standard Hershey’s chocolate with almonds mixed in.
    * Hershey’s Special Dark, a mildly bittersweet chocolate, contains less sugar than other forms. It contains 45% cacao solids.
    * Hershey’s Symphony contains less sugar and is creamier than “normal” Hershey’s chocolate. The ingredients lists of it and its normal counterpart are identical; in America it is mandated that ingredients only be listed in their order of total makeup. Quantities are not listed, so one can not know for sure how greatly the proportions differ in Hershey’s Symphony. Hershey recently reduced the size of the Symphony bar from 8 oz. to 6.8 oz. and added the words “Giant Bar” to the wrapper.
    * Hershey’s cookies and cream is a white chocolate bar with added chocolate wafer bits (similar to Oreo cookies).

    [edit] Hershey’s Wellness

    The Hershey’s Wellness line is an attempt to capitalize on the health benefits of chocolate.

    * Hershey’s Extra Dark is a more dark chocolate product under the “Extra Dark” name. Whereas “Special Dark” is 45% cacao solids, “Extra Dark” is 60%. The Extra Dark chocolate bar comes in three varieties: Pure Dark Chocolate; Cranberries, Blueberries and Almonds; and Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries. All of the listed fruits and nuts contain anti-oxidants.
    * Hershey’s Whole Bean Milk Chocolate is sweetened with sucralose, giving it 40% less sugar than regular milk chocolate. Also, inulin, a special type of fiber, is added, giving a single serving 7 grams of dietary fiber. A 40 g. serving has 180 mg of antioxidants.
    * Hershey’s Antioxidant Milk Chocolate, as the name suggests, has extra antioxidants added, giving it more antioxidants than the leading dark chocolate, 260 mg vs 110 mg.

    [edit] Cacao Reserve by Hershey’s

    Cacao Reserve by Hershey’s is marketed as a premium line in comparison to Hershey’s other chocolate products.

    * Signature Collection is the original series in this line. It comes in four varieties: 35% Cacao Premium Milk, 35% Cacao Premium Milk with Hazelnuts, 65% Premium Dark, and 65% Premium Dark with Cacao Nibs.
    * Single Origin chocolate bars differ from the Signature Collection bars in that each bar is made from cacao beans that grow in a single region. These origins are São Tomé with 70% cacao content, Santo Domingo with 67% cacao content, Arríba with 50% cacao content, and Java with 37% cacao content.
    * Truffles are tins around the size used by Altoids containing eight small chocolate truffles with either 35 or 60 percent cacao content.

    [edit] Other Hershey’s candies

    The Hershey Company also manufactures a wide variety of other candy products and candy bars, which do not necessarily contain chocolate:
    [edit] Chocolate-based products

    * The 5th Avenue candy bar, which contains a peanut-based mixture.
    * Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars, which are chocolate-coated bars containing a coconut based mixture on the inside. Almond Joy contains almonds and is coated in milk chocolate, whereas Mounds has no almond and is coated in dark chocolate.
    * Bar None are wafers with filling covered in milk chocolate. No longer sold in the USA, it is still made in Mexico as a two finger package with the addition of caramel.
    * Cadbury Creme Egg is a chocolate egg with creme in it, usually sold around Easter.
    * Cadbury’s Caramello milk chocolate squares with creamy caramel.
    * Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar, plain milk chocolate.
    * Cadbury Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bar, milk chocolate with assorted fruits and nuts.
    * Cadbury Mini Eggs, bite-sized milk chocolate eggs coated in a hard, vanilla flavored candy shell.
    * Cadbury Royal Dark Chocolate Bar, plain dark chocolate.
    * Cadbury Roast Almond Chocolate Bar, milk chocolate with almonds.
    * Cherry Blossom is an individually packaged, 45g chocolate covered maraschino cherry and syrup. The chocolate mixture has coconut and roasted peanut pieces incorporated into it.
    * Glosette(s), a Canada exclusive product consisting of chocolate covered raisins, peanuts or almonds.
    * Heath bar, a slab of toffee coated with chocolate.
    * Hershey’s Bites, bite size candies in a round shape that are made for munching, packaged in a pouch. Flavors are Reese’s peanut butter, Heath toffee, Kit Kat, mini Rolo, Mr. Goodbar, York Peppermint Pattie, white chocolate pretzel and dark chocolate pretzel.
    * Hershey’s Bliss, bite sized chocolates in a square shape and wrapped in foil, advertised as creamy and indulgent. Available in 3 flavors.
    * Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, a block of white chocolate with small pieces of cookie in it.
    * Hershey’s Cookies and Mint, limited edition bar similar to Cookies and Cream, reintroduced since the original introduction in 1992 and subsequent discontinuation.
    * Hershey’s Kisses, small chocolate candies, similar in appearance to a very large chocolate chip.
    * Hershey’s Milkshake, bottled milk shake. Offered in 5 flavors.
    * Hershey’s Miniatures, an assortment of Hershey’s chocolate bars in miniature size. Created in 1939 and unchanged since, the original collection comprises Hershey’s Chocolate, Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate, Krackel, and Mr. Goodbar varieties. A new collection, Nut Lovers, was introduced in 2004 and features both 4 kinds of chocolate and 4 kinds of nuts. Hershey’s has also introduced Limited Edition varieties, including a holiday Mint Miniatures Collection.
    * Hershey’s Symphony bar, in plain Milk Chocolate or Almonds and Toffee
    * Hershey’s Pot of Gold, premium boxed chocolates in a variety of assortments: Almond Caramel Clusters, Caramel Assortment, Chocolate Assortment, CrĂ©me Assortment, Mint Assortment, Nut Assortment, Pecan Caramel Clusters, Premium Assortment, Sugar Free and Truffle Assortment.
    * Hershey’s Sticks, individually wrapped chocolate sticks packaged and sold by the box. There are four flavors: Milk Chocolate, Caramel Filled Milk Chocolate, Rich Dark Chocolate and Mint Milk Chocolate.
    * Hershey’s Kissables, miniature Hershey’s Kisses coated with a colorful candy shell.
    * Kit Kat, made from Nestlé except in the United States, are chocolate covered wafer bars.
    * Krackel, a chocolate bar containing crisped rice.
    * Milk Duds, small bits of caramel covered in milk chocolate. Milk Duds are commonly sold in American movie theaters as a snack.
    * Mr. Goodbar, a chocolate bar containing peanuts.
    * Oh Henry!, Popular Canadian version of the candy, currently made in the United States by Nestlé.
    * Hershey’s Pops are bags of original Hershey’s chocolates in the half the size and all the shape of a golf ball. They’ve become a common treat in movie theaters.
    * Reese’s Fast Break, creamy peanut butter and nougat covered in milk chocolate.
    * Reese’s NutRageous, creamy peanut butter, caramel and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate.
    * Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, possibly one of Hershey’s best-known products due to long-running massive advertising campaigns.
    * Reese’s Pieces are small peanut-butter candies.
    * ReeseSticks, peanut butter filled wafers covered in milk chocolate. Sold in packages of two sticks.
    * Rolo, chocolate-covered caramels. Also made and sold in the US by Hershey under license by Nestlé.
    * Skor, a candy bar containing toffee.
    * Swoops, chocolate shaped in slices, like potato chips. Swoops come in the following varieties: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter, York Peppermint Pattie, White Chocolate Reeses, and Toffee and Almond. Limited edition varieties include White Chocolate Peppermint (available around Christmas), Special Dark with Almonds and Strawberries & Creme.
    * Hershey’s S’mores is a s’more in candy-bar form.
    * Hershey’s Shell Topping, a chocolate syrup that hardens when poured on cold foods, such as ice cream.
    * Take 5 (known as Max 5 in Canada), a candy bar with pretzels, caramel, peanuts, peanut butter, and chocolate. It also comes in a white chocolate version, using white chocolate instead of the original’s milk chocolate; a peanut butter version which has a peanut butter coating instead of chocolate; a chocolate cookie version which has chocolate cookies instead of pretzels; and a marshmallow version which has marshmallow filling instead of peanuts.
    * WHATCHAMACALLIT is a peanut-flavored crisp with a layer of caramel and a milk chocolate coating.
    * Whoppers, chocolate covered malted milk balls.
    * York Peppermint Pattie, a patty of peppermint flavored filling coated with dark chocolate.

    [edit] Non-Chocolate

    * Breath Savers breath mints.
    * Bubble Yum bubble gum brand.
    * Ice Breakers chewing gum and mints.
    * Jolly Rancher hard fruit candy, lollipops, and flavored soda.
    * Koolerz chewing gum, with Xylitol and regular.
    * PayDay candy bar, which contains peanuts and caramel but no chocolate.
    * ZAGNUT candy bar, consisting of toasted coconut and peanut butter.
    * Zero candy bar, a combination of caramel, peanut and almond nougat covered in white fudge.

    [edit] Other

    * Care-Free sugarless gum.
    * CareFree Koolerz mint based gum in various flavors made with Xylitol.
    * Good & Plenty, white and purplish-red pill shaped licorice candies. They are chewy, similar to Mike And Ike candy.
    * Hershey’s Brownies and Reese’s Brownies, brownies containing Hershey’s chocolate chips or Reese’s peanut butter chips with icing on top.
    * Hershey’s Cookies, a chocolate cookie with toppings and covered in chocolate, available in the following Hershey’s flavors: Hershey’s with Almonds, Almond Joy, Reese’s peanut butter, York Peppermint Patty, Caramel, and Cookies ‘n Creme. Mini kisses cookies are shaped like Hershey’s kisses and are available in the following flavors: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate and Confetti Sprinkles. Layered cookies are two cookies with a layer of sandwich creme in the middle and are available in the following flavors: Hershey’s, Reese’s and Heath.
    * Really Nuts, snack nuts and trail mixes. Available in the following flavors: Reese’s Roasted Peanuts, Reese’s Honey Glazed Peanuts, Hershey’s Chocolate Cocoa Peanuts, Mauna Loa Cashew Nuts, Hershey’s Trail Mix, Reese’s Trail Mix and Mauna Loa Trail Mix.
    * Snack Barz, candy bars similar to rice krispie treats. Available in the following flavors: Hershey’s Chocolate CrĂ©me, Reese’s Peanut Butter, Hershey’s S’mores Marshmallow CrĂ©me, Caramel, and Cookies ‘n CrĂ©me.
    * Snacksters, 100-calorie packs of cereal puffs mixed with a variety of other Hershey’s and Reese’s items such as chocolate chip cookies, semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cereal squares, and Reese’s pieces. Available in five varieties, Hershey’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s S’Mores, Twizzlers, and Reese’s.[1]
    * Sweet ‘n Salty Granola Bars, granola bars combined with other Hershey’s and Reese’s ingredients. Available in three flavors: Hershey’s with pretzels, Reese’s with chocolate and Reese’s with peanut butter.
    * TasteTations, Hershey’s first hard candy. Made in butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, and peppermint varieties.
    * Twizzlers, artificially flavored licorice sticks in various flavors. This includes the Twizzlers Pull And Peel variety, in which the sticks are composed of semi-distinct smaller twisted rods of Twizzlers, which can be easily pulled apart.

  • L. Walton

    I heard Hershey was moving to Mexico, but didn’t really give it much thought.

    Just bought a big $10.00 bag of Hershey minatures. I haven’t bought these in years, but I think they taste very strange. I checked the bag…and yes they are made in Mexico. I will no longer buy this chocolate. The quality is just not the same.

  • Danny

    Hey everyone. I have read the article, and I agree that is very disgusting that Hershey would outsource to Mexico. The solution to the problem, though, is not in boycotting the product, but in contacting the company. Enough complaints and they will be forced to change. I know from experience that when a store or product is boycotted, the owner or company is not hurt as badly as the employees. Hours are cut, and people are laid off. I worked in a grocery store that went through several policy changes that ticked off our customers. I was just a clerk, and my hours were cut way back. In fact, my department went from 10 people down to 6. While my pay went down, the big wigs in the company still received their bloated salaries. I know you may think that you are helping, but what you really need to do is bombard the company with complaints. I mean no disrespect to the people who have stated that they were going to boycott Hershey. I just want to give my statement from the perspective of an employee of a store or company that is being boycotted. I am a Pennsylvania boy, and I have always been proud of Hershey. Not only because of the chocolate, but also because of all Milton Hershey’s good works. I have to admit though when I first heard that they were moving several companies to Mexico I was heartbroken and ashamed. I just hope that if we all contact Hershey’s that they will change their ways.

  • gelillc

    I bought a bag of Hershey Miniatures today and noticed the mfg in Mexico and have sent a e mail to the company telling them I will no longer purchase any of their products

  • bob

    I contacted the Hershey consumer info. They were very deceptive and not at all helpful. My question was a simple one. Which products are still manufactured in the USA. They would not tell me. The candy wrappers are also deceptive. they do not indicate where the candy is manufactured just that it is distributed by the Hershey co in PA. Im boycotting all hersey products until they are honest with the consumer!!!!!

  • Dorothy Curtis

    I just was made aware that Hershey chocolate bars are now made in Mexico. I have loved the plain and almond bars since I was a child (now 81) and am so disappointed and will made a great sacrifice for me and not buy any more Hershey products.

  • Jim Thompson

    I’ve been to Mexico a lot in the past, and I’ve worked with lots of illegal Mexicans here doing construction work. Knowing what I know about the sanitation situation there and the rampant tuberculosis, pertussis and other diseases, combined with the people’s absolute disregard for hand washing after using the toilet, I will never knowingly eat any product made or harvested in Mexico. My next action will be notifying Hershey.

  • Robert J. Anderson

    We have not purchased ANY Hersey products since hearing of the move and we will never buy their product again-so help us God.

  • Richard Young

    I just learned the Hershey company had moved the plant that makes Hershey bars to Mexico. Well, that does it for me, I will not by Hershey bars any longer. Maybe we’ll eventually make our point. Buy American!

  • charlotte macleod

    Since the ”Hershey” chocolate candy is moved to mexico we will not buy any more hershey made anything. or Kraft products either. America is waking up to your UN-AMERICAN ways. To think you would put 1,000′s out of work in america and still expect us to buy your products,at the same inflated price……nothing doing !!!!!!!!!

  • auntie jojo

    hersey doesn’t taste the same anymore… And really I’m tired of supporting the rest of the world. I’ll pay more and eat American made chocolate, even if I have to make it my self.

  • Greg R

    I am actually sitting in the Hershey Lodge at a conference right now, watching the history of Milton Hershey. I can’t help but think that he is rolling over in his grave with what his company has become. This is a man that had the steam shovels removed from his construction site because they did the work of 40 men. He chose to hire the 4o men instead as we were in the middle of the great depression. What happened to that type of pride in American corporations?

  • Stacey Nagy

    I will never again buy Hershey products!!

  • Forrest Villines

    Put a stop to plants outsourceing, more jobs more taxes paid for schools and states,no jobs no taxes for schools and states no future.

  • betty bailey

    I purchased a bag of Hersey’s minatures today at Sam’s club. after opening the large bag, I discovered the candy was made in Mexico. I will no longer buy product made in Mexico and will notify Sam’s club of the same. will also notify my friends and family.

    The chocolate was “waxy” tasting. very disappointed in Hersey’s moving to mexico.

  • LDommel

    http://www.howtobuyamerican.com (Website of ONLY USA products)

    Can someone list a chocolate bar made in AMERICA we can buy instead of listing Hershey brands

    Can someone that works at the Hershey plant in Pennsylvania list products they produce. I don’t want to put them out of business and that would send a strong message to the hershey board. But before buying make sure someone is telling the truth, let’s not SUPPORT out of country companies.

  • LDommel

    HJ HEINZ did they same thing I buy HUNTs ketchup now it’s made in Omaha, NE

  • Michelle

    Wilburs makes great chocolate… Wilbur buds are the best….. Hershey’s miniatures and york peppermint patties (which Hershey’s makes) are now made in Mexico… and they are trucking alot of candy from Mexico into the U.S. …. check the labels… if they are made in Mexico it will say it….

  • LDommel

    I found an article on http://www.howtobuyamerican.com (easter candy). It’s says hershey is can use distriubute by hershey,pa instead of mfg by mexico.
    Anyway the did mentions Russell Stovers, Whitman’s (Sampler box = candy bar), Pangburns, Palmer and Kraft

  • Tom Stevenson

    “Hershey’s………..the great American chocolate bar” is a joke & the once proud chocolate co. is losing its lustre among us; its once solid customer base of devotees. Read the book of Hershey’s start & of its failure to warm up to European chocolatiers; a fascinating read. Many moons ago, I remember opening a few bars of this once plain legendary bar of milk Chocolate in the ‘Nam & finding tiny “no-see-um” bugs in the folds of the white wrapper. 25 years later, I also tasted the “waxey” flavour. And, to think I was going to suggest the “Cadbury” line……………………………………………….

  • Luis Franco

    Hi,

    I think you with your comments are being kind of mean and cruel, if Hershey’s company decided to move their production over to MĂ©xico it doesn’t mean that is not longer an American product, the company will keep their production standards, input providers and so on. On the other hand, redundant employees should start a business, the problem with America is that you have stopped creating American companies, your lack of entrepreneurs is giving China the opportunity to take over the whole cake, but that’s another subject. One more thing, I see how you write so disrespectfully about my country, but not all mexicans are the kind of the ones you see working on car-washes and construction places or gangs, we also have prepared, hygienic
    and healthy people, I’m sorry you only have the chance to see that kind of my mexicans brothers (the poorest ones) ; ) Transform that hate into ideas and work hard to make them reality =) I love America because of what they founders did, but new generations are just hating to much. Best regards

  • Joyce I

    Any company or corporation that takes over an established company should not be permitted to change the qulity of the product. If they do they should have to forfit using that name any longer. People who worked hard and long to establish their product deserve to have there good name protected. Hershey is now falling by the wayside like so many others have. The great people that started these companies that started them must be turning over in their graves, How sad.
    JI

  • Jordan

    I read where things are made now, If it isn’t made in the United States it do my best to not buy it. Hersheys is just made my list!

  • RGRDC

    The classic Hershey Bar is still made in Hershey, PA. I know people who work at the main plant. However my childhood Favorite, the Reese’s Peanut butter Cup is moving to Mexico. I will no longer support non-US Made Hershey products.

    ** Look very carefully at Hershey wrappers. Some Reese’s Products now say Distributed by Hershey Chocolate Company. They once said Manufactured by Hershey Chocolate Company USA.

    I feel all food products should clearly state on the label where they were manufactured.

  • JamieT

    I think you are 100% right Julie. I used to work a large chain convenience store local to the PA area, and being Pennsylvania locals, we sold ALLOT of Hershey’s. Even back in 2007 when I worked for them we had a bigger problem with their representatives not pulling old product than we did with anoy of our other food distributors combined. I even had one customer come to me with a bar that was starting to turn white from drying out the way chocolate tends to do when it gets old. I remember telling him it was probably from the fluctuation of the temperture during shipping, as this can cause it as well, untill he showed me the code on the wrapper, which had expired almost 6 months earlier. Upon investigating the back stock, I relaized that the entire box on the shelf was like that, as well as 2 more in the back. It was only the traditional chocolate bar at the time, none of there other products, but this wasn’t the first time something like that happened in our branch, and I’d be a fool to think it has stopped since I left.

  • JamieT

    I think using the word “partly” is a grave understatement. I’ve been digging and researching the American problem with outsourcing for some time, and even more so now that its hit closer to home than ever. My best friend since I was in highschool’s father worked for Hershey and was one of the people who was recently laid off from the PA plant after having worked there for as long as I can remember. At the age of 58 and with no other recent experience in the work field or training in allot of the newer technology based industries, he’s been forced to go to work as a door greeter at his local Walmart. How sad of a state of things is that? I remember when we were kids he would always talk about how he worked for a great american company, and the way he always held his high, even if thigns were tight for them financialy. Now all of that is gone. I just saw him the other day and he barely even looks like the same person any more. I can’t imagine what kind of monsters the people on the board making this decision must be. Do they somehow not see that what they’ve done hasn’t just hurt americans financialy, but it’s taken a huge chunk out of many peoples pride and self worth, or do they really just not care? Why are they so concerned about lining the investers already well off pockets anyway? History has shown us time and time again about how badly things go when the middle class is lost and the ritch overpower the poor by so much. Revolts, riots, and revolution eventually follow, leading to a temporary state of near anarchy where in the people suffer more than ever. Why are so many so blind to the impending turn of the wheel? It always comes back around.

  • John Spitaleri

    Kenneth,

    I am interested in knowing your age, since Mrs Hershey died in 1915.

    Best Regards,
    John Spitaleri

  • frederick fabry

    I am disgusted that Hershey would manufacture candy in Mexico. We will no longer buy Hersey products until such time they reverse course. So much for stock owners.What good is it when the very people who have made the candy no longer have jobs and can not afford to buy it.I t is time for corporations to get sensible.