Ingredient changes to reduce production costs
The Hershey Company recently began to change the ingredients of some of its products, in order to replace the relatively expensive cocoa butter with cheaper oil substitutes. This was done to cut costs, rather than having to raise prices in the marketplace for products containing cocoa butter.
Hershey's changed the description of the product and altered the packaging slightly along with the ingredients. Though the new formula contains chocolate, according to United States Food and Drug Administration food labeling laws, these modified recipes which do not contain cocoa butter cannot be legally described as candy coated milk chocolate.
- News article: Aggressive Mars breathes down Hershey's neck in US, Associated Press, October 11, 2008 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5icXPdDNXQp3mVpWAqcs6TEAn09sQD93O30DG0
- News article: Chocoholics sour on new Hershey’s formula, MSNBC, Sept. 19, 2008 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26788143/
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