Charlie Will Get no Candy at this Chocolate Factory

Hershey to shutter Berkeley factory

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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Charlie Will Get no Candy at this Chocolate Factory

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Hershey Co. has announced plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley manufacturing plant and the San Francisco factory that makes Joseph Schmidt chocolates.

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Hershey Co. has announced plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley manufacturing plant and the San Francisco factory that makes Joseph Schmidt chocolates.

Hershey bought premium dark chocolate maker Scharffen Berger and trufflemaker Joseph Schmidt in 2005.

Hershey's officials say they will continue to produce both brands, but not locally.

A company spokesman says most Scharffen Berger chocolates are already made at a Hershey plant in Robinson, Ill.

About 150 employees will be affected by the closures, which will happen sometime this year.

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