The Hershey Company announced yesterday that it will close the West Coast production facilities for its Joseph Schmidt and Scharffen Berger lines.
Joseph Schmidt and Scharffen Berger are two components of Hershey's Artisan Confections Co., a subsidiary specializing in premium chocolates. Dagoba Organic Chocolate of Ashland, Oregon also produces high-end chocolate under the Artisan Confections umbrella. Hershey acquired both the Schmidt and Scharffen Berger companies in 2005.
Sadly, jobs will be affected — reportedly, 150 jobs will be affected in this move to consolidate production and cut costs.