THE HERSHEY COMPANY
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The Hershey Company manufactures chocolate and nonchocolate confectionery and grocery products. It principally offers confectionery and snack products sold in the form of bar goods, bagged items, and boxed items; refreshment products sold in the form of gum and mints; and grocery products sold in the form of baking ingredients, chocolate drink mixes, peanut butter, and beverages. The company offers a variety of snack products to consumers, including Hershey's cookies, Mauna Loa macadamia nuts, and Hershey's Snack Barz. It also provides a range of products specifically designed to address the nutritional interests of customers. These products include sugar-free Hershey's, Reese's, and York candies, as well as Hershey's SmartZone bars for people seeking balanced nutrition. The company also markets Hershey's cocoa, which is a natural source of antioxidants; Hershey's syrup; and other branded baking ingredients and toppings. The company sells its products primarily to wholesale distributors, chain grocery stores, mass merchandisers, chain drug stores, vending companies, wholesale clubs, convenience stores, and concessionaires through sales representatives, food brokers, and retail sales merchandisers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. In addition, the company imports and/or markets selected confectionery products in the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea; and markets confectionery products in approximately 60 countries. The company was founded in 1893 by M. S. Hershey. It was formerly known as Hershey Chocolate Company and changed its name to Hershey Chocolate Corporation in 1927. Further, the company changed its name to Hershey Foods Corporation in 1968 and The Hershey Company in April 2005. The Hershey Company is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania.