Hershey, Pennsylvania – As part of a $1 billion investment, Hershey Co. is building a new 250,000 square-foot chocolate facility on a 55-acre site near its existing Reese’s plant.
The newest facility represents Hershey’s most recent action in a multi-year investment strategy.
The strategy includes expanding existing facilities and developing new capabilities while building the capacity needed for continued growth.
Since 2019, Hershey has seen 5% compounded retail sales growth in seasonal candy sales and 15% compounded retail sales growth in snack size.
Along with the expansion project, there will be an addition of 13 production lines and the upgrading of 11 existing lines in other North American facilities.
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“We are committed to investing to meet the needs of our consumers in collaboration with our retail partners and suppliers,” says Will Bonifant, Vice President of US and Canada supply chain.
“Investing in the strengths of our core brands -- made right here in our hometown – will ensure that we’re meeting those consumer needs across a wide variety of snacking occasions and will help fuel future growth.”
Construction is scheduled to begin mid-November and is expected to open in early 2024.
The new facility will support production capabilities for candy brands such as Reese’s, Kit Kat, and Hershey’s.
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