Is the Hershey Company about to face private label competition?
The Hershey Company, one of America’s oldest and most profitable food companies, may finally experience private-label competition. Founded in 1894, the Pennsylvania-based food processor has experienced over a century of nearly unrivaled success. Today, Hershey owns about 43% of the American chocolate market, with second place Mars commanding about 25%. This dominance enables Hershey to post nearly unrivaled margins.