We've been busy. And our efforts do more than improve our company. Driven by a focus on our customers, employees, retail partners and shareholders,we’re leading efforts that not only build the company’s profitability, but more importantly build on our deep history of giving back.
Even if you’ve been following us for years, you’ll be excited about what’s happening here.
Our strength in North America allows us to share the goodness of new and existing products with more and more people around the world every year.
In China, where gifting is an important cultural tradition, Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates are becoming a popular choice. In Mexico, where chocolate has been enjoyed for over 3,000 years, Hershey is one of the fastest-growing brands. And in Brazil, after an eight-month prelaunch campaign, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups became our best-selling item. It seems wherever we go, people continue to find enjoyment in our delicious treats.
People are more interested than ever in the foods they eat. They're choosing foods that have the ingredients they recognize and the flavors they love. That’s why we’re focused on making our same, great tasting chocolates with simple, familiar ingredients. And we’re committed to providing more transparency about how our products are made and sourced.
Our commitment to simple ingredients reflects our heritage. We started making great-tasting chocolate in 1894 using a few familiar ingredients you might find in your kitchen pantry, like cocoa, milk, sugar and vanilla. We’re continuing that tradition today to ensure current and future generations can enjoy that same pure and simple experience with the great taste you know and love.
After more than a century of developing our expertise in making delicious treats, we’re expanding our products to make snacks that meet consumers’ growing need for wholesome food on the go.
Our expanded portfolio includes choices like Brookside Fruit & Nut bars and the popular Krave. In addition to these domestic options, we’ve also acquired some exciting brands abroad. During our six years in India, for example, local demand helped us grow beyond candy into products like Sofit Soya Milk.
We’re committed to taking the lead in efforts to protect the environment. And for a company like ours, it’s more than just the right thing to do – it’s a commitment that we know will benefit farming, manufacturing, and packaging practices in the long run. We have long been committed to innovation that reduces our environmental impact. In 2014, for example, we initiated a project that enabled us to reduce our use of corrugated cases in processing. On top of lowering costs by $1.5 million annually, we reduced Hershey’s carbon footprint by 65%.
You might be surprised to know a world-class snack maker like The Hershey Company is focusing on child nutrition around the world, but to us it makes perfect sense. Our efforts build on the legacy of Milton Hershey, whose commitment to helping children develop work and life skills began in 1909. The nourishment we provide can help children be better prepared to learn and look forward to brighter futures.