The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products. It offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products comprising mints, chewing gums, and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items, including spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, mixes, popcorn and protein bars, and cookies. The company provides its products primarily under the Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Almond Joy, Brookside, barkTHINS, Cadbury, Good & Plenty, Heath, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Payday, Rolo, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Ice Breakers, Breathsavers, and Bubble Yum brands, as well as under the Golden Monkey, Munching Monkey, Pelon Pelo Rico, IO-IO, Nutrine, Maha Lacto, Jumpin, Sofit, SkinnyPop, Oatmega, Paqui, and Tyrrells brands. As of December 2016, the Company marketed, sold and distributed its products under more than 80 brand names in approximately 70 countries around the world. The company operates through two segments, North America; and International and Other.
The North America segment is responsible for the traditional chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery market position of the company, as well as its grocery and snacks market positions, in the United States and Canada. This includes developing and growing its business in chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery, pantry, food service and other snacking product lines. Within its North America markets, the Company's product portfolio includes a range of chocolate offerings marketed and sold under the renowned brands of Hershey's, Reese's and Kisses, along with other chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery brands, such as Jolly Rancher, Almond Joy, Brookside, Cadbury, Good & Plenty, Heath, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Payday, Rolo, Twizzlers, Whoppers and York. It also offers chocolate products, primarily in the United States, through the Scharffen Berger and Dagoba brands. Its gum and mint products include Ice Breakers mints and chewing gum, Breathsavers mints and Bubble Yum bubble gum. Its pantry and snack items that are principally sold in North America include baking products and toppings and sundae syrups sold under the Hershey's, Reese's and Heath brands, as well as Hershey's and Reese's chocolate spreads and snack bites and mixes and Krave meat snack products.
The International and Other segment is the combination of all other operating segments which are not individually material, including those geographic regions where the company operates outside of North America. This includes its global retail operations, including Hershey's Chocolate World stores in Hershey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Niagara Falls (Ontario), Dubai and Singapore. The Company has operations, and manufactures product in China, Mexico, Brazil, India and Malaysia, primarily for consumers in these regions. The Company also distributes and sells confectionery products in export markets of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and other regions. Within its International and Other markets, the Company manufactures, markets and sells various brands, as well as other brands that are marketed regionally, such as Golden Monkey confectionery and Munching Monkey snack products in China, Pelon Pelo Rico confectionery products in Mexico, IO-IO snack products in Brazil, and Nutrine and Maha Lacto confectionery products and Jumpin and Sofit beverage products in India.
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