Hershey, Walmart Celebrate Commitments To U.S. Manufacturing

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Hershey, PA — Senior executives from Walmart, Inc. and The Hershey Co. came together to celebrate the companies’ commitments to increase U.S. manufacturing jobs, the candymaker reports.  

The Hershey Co. President and CEO Michele Buck speaks with Walmart, Inc.'s Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer.
The Hershey Co. President and CEO Michele Buck speaks with Walmart, Inc.’s Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer, during the U.S. manufacturing event.

At the event held at the West Hershey factory in Pennsylvania, the companies’ executives were joined by government stakeholders. The candymaker also hosted a tour of the plant, which it reports is the most technologically advanced chocolate-making factory in North America.

“Our investment in U.S. supply chain capabilities impacts a broad range of consumer experiences from packaging and merchandising to e-commerce assortments,” says Michele Buck, Hershey president and CEO.  “These advancements enable business growth that helps to maintain and create jobs across the entire value chain – from manufacturing to fulfillment centers to the retail floor.”

During the past year, Hershey has invested more than $150 million in its U.S. supply chain, creating 350 jobs at the candymaker and its suppliers. A significant contributor to the acceleration of U.S. manufacturing growth is Walmart’s $250 billion commitment to buy products made in the U.S., according to Hershey.

“U.S. manufacturing matters to Walmart just as it does to our customers and our communities. Today, about two-thirds of what we buy and sell is sourced, grown or made here in America, but we want to do more,” says Steve Bratspies, Walmart chief merchandising officer. “Five years ago, we made a commitment to source an additional $250 billion in goods that support American jobs, and we’re on track to meet that target. When we invest in these products, we invest in America. We give customers what they want, and we fuel economic growth by helping provide jobs to hard-working Americans. Our partnership with Hershey is a great example of what’s possible when we work together.”