I am Sure By Now That You Have Heard That Hersheys Is Moving to Mexico!

@Adoniah (7515)
United States
January 22, 2008 5:00pm CST
Yeah, Hersheys is the next company that is bugging out, and moving to Mexico so that they do not have to pay taxes to the US and they do not have to pay their employees liveable wages. So now the next thing to do is boycott Hersheys products. Not to worry though, I did some research and there are still major US companies that make and sell chocolate in the US. Lindt: Both a Swiss and an American company makes awesome chocolate. Nestle: Originated in Switzerland and still has offices there but makes it's product in Massachusetts. Ghirardelli: Also origionally Swiss and co owned by Lindt but their product is made in San Leandro, California. Mars: The famous Mars bars and M&Ms still in Jersey! There are also: Godiva chocolates if you can afford them. Whitman's, Kraft Foods, Dagoba, and DeVries Chocolate This list is just the ones I found with a cursory search. There are most likely more. It will be no big deal to boycott Hersheys. They definitely deserve it. They will be killing a whole town in our Country! And what about the school that they support. Nothing has been said about the school. Will they continue taking care of those kids? What are your thoughts on this matter? Will you support a boycott? Shalom~Adoniah
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• United States
23 Jan 08
Yes, I will help support the boycott of Hersheys. I will tell my wife. She still eats chocolate while I have given up all chocolate candy, anyway. My wife still is not real fond of Hershey going back to our truck driving days. She'll enjoy boycotting them.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
There is a list of possible chocolate still made in the USA on the first page. I will keep up with this in case it changes. I may even look into other important products and see what other things we should be boycotting. Thanks Red! Shalom
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• United States
22 Jan 08
I actually haven't heard about this, not until now that is. Of course I feel like it's a terrible situation because all the good jobs are being outsourced to other places. A company my grandparents worked for moved out of the country and only left behind so many jobs here at it's old location which means hundreds of people were laid off from nice paying, nice benefits, and a steady income. Everyone had to scramble to find other sources of pay. So now, when you hear about another company moving out of the country, and one as big as Hershey will be laying off hundreds of employee's, it's sad because you know they won't be able to find nice paying jobs for quite awhile which means their families are going to suffer. I generally don't buy Hershey's chocolate a lot anyway. I mean, don't get me wrong, I like it and everything, but it's not something that I constantly buy. I don't buy a lot of chocolate period even though I really like it.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I am as interested in the school that they sponser as the chocolate that they make and sell. I wonder what is going to happen to the school and the kids. Shalom
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
22 Jan 08
I'm not surprised about Hershey's but I am a little surprised all the other ones are still made in America. It seems like the trend is outsourcing, cheap labor, exploitation...all for the almighty dollar. I'm glad I don't buy Hershey chocolate... I much prefer Lindt and Ghirardelli.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Hello Brimia, I always use Ghirardelli when I am baking cookies and brownies...Their chips are the best yummm!
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
22 Jan 08
I wish the United States would do something to keep companies from moving out. We are losing so many jobs here. It is so hard to find a job that pays a decent wage let alone any benefits. It's good to hear that other companies are still making chocolate here in the States. Good thing I like Nestle.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Hello Lightning, Yes, at least we have a few companies that are willing to be good citizens and stay. We need to continue to support them by buying their products! Shalom~Adoniah
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
23 Jan 08
ah, nuts! I had been boycotting Mars as there were protests that Mars company tests on animals so I switched to Hershey's and I do love Reese's Peanut Butter cups and Peppermint patties ..mmmm..guess I'll have to save those pennies and get Godiva instead... So like what the heck is going to happen to the factory anyway? I remember years and years ago when my mother and I went to PA we went to Hershey...you could smell the chocolate miles before you got there, it made one's mouth drool
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Oh--ps...at least they're not moving to China..LOL
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Mars has stopped doing all of the naughty stuff they were doing because they decided to go after the Jewish dollar. Yup, they wanted to get a Kosher rating and they could not be tainted by anything faintly animal related. So late last year they got a Kosher rating on some of their candy. The only reason it is only on part of it is because anything to do with marshmallow cannot be Kosher and a few other things.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
23 Jan 08
Hey pye, I see your list of things we can't or shouldn't eat anymore is getting bigger and bigger every day. Somehow people just have to spoil all the good things in life.
@FireHorse (294)
• United States
22 Jan 08
I had started boycotting Hershey's when I first heard of this move last spring, even months before I moved to Modesto. Don't worry though, Hershey's isn't completely cutting us out of the picture as American citizens because they are using our tax dollars in the form of subsidies to help cover the cost of the move. And of course, they still expect us to buy their products at inflated prices even though they continue shrinking the actual size of their products :) Thanks Hershey's for showing us the "new" American corporate way that was pioneered by WalMart! :)
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Well said Fire Horse. They are moving out of Canada too so all of our Canadian friends should join in the boycott too. I forgot to put that in the Post!! Shalom
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• Canada
23 Jan 08
Oh I am joining the boycott for sure. I have been doing this for a few months already. I have to admit though, I don't find this a hard ship because I don't think their chocolate is all that good. Lately I am going for the etter chocolate. I find it is so much more satisfing and I crave it less. Will actually maybe I crave it more because it is so good. You can actually taste chocolate an not just sugar. Hersey drives me nuts with the sugary taste. So now they forced me into buying Godiva and it is worth saving a few coins in the bottom of your purse for the perchase of one every couple of weeks or so. Once you tast lynn't and Godiva you wont want to waste your money on Hersey.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Yes, Godiva is the good stuff!
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@fec139 (803)
• United States
24 Jan 08
As far as I am concerned, I could live without Hershey. It's not even that good. With all the choices out there, I would have no problem supporting a boycott!!
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Join the party!
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• United States
23 Jan 08
WOW..where have I been ? It's a good thing I have been dieting I guess... I still like the Godiva and Ghirardelli anyway, but sure I would boycott them, it's just wrong!!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I pick Godiva for eating and Ghirardelli for baking!!
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@angieang (262)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Now this is a boycott that could actually work! I'm usually against boycotts cause it never works. Like when gas prices go up people claim we should boycott...well that's impossible you may boycott for just that one day, but the day before and the day after everyone is still going to buy gas. If only Mexico would join with the US and mandate laws that govern their people from such pitiful wages, then everyone will quit fleeing their country, and American corporations can serve the American people with jobs!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Mexico will never cooperate. They want our businesses and they want their people to be able to move to the US and they want free health care here. The gas boycott would work if everyone would boycott just ONE gas company for a full month at a time. That would make that company sit up and take notice. Then you move onto the next company. It would work if the word got out through the net. If even a third of the states did it, it could put a company under!
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@angieang (262)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Well if, the word of mouth got out, and we closed down one of the companies wouldn't that just bring forth more problems than high gas prices. That would just put that many more unemployeed workers in the United States, fewer gas companies to make for an even higher monopoly chance. I do agree that Mexico wouldn't cooperate, but the US government could force these companies to have some sort of restriction when opening their business to many different nations. They should be required to follow certain guidlines if they wanted to keep the main branch in the US. And most companies would comply being that it would cost them more to relocate to another country for business.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Nice idea, but the lobbyists will prevent it from ever happening. Look if Bush can sneak a bit into a bill that prevents him and all of his cohorts from ever being prosecuted for treason for all the things that they have done during the Gulf War and in Guantanamo, and Congress passes it,then anything is possible.
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@piatos03 (396)
• Philippines
23 Jan 08
The rich ones are getting greedier and greedier. You would think that with all the money they're generating from their sales, they would be okay with spending a little to pay for the taxes that the less fortunate ones could benefit from. It's a good thing I'm not a big fan of chocolates. I would not have any trouble boycotting them. What I don't get is why you have to boycott a company just because it wants to make its product in a tax free zone?
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Because it is just one more company that is letting OUR country down. It will destroy a whole town in Penn. and put a bunch of folks out of work in OUR country. They will no longer be paying taxes in OUR country but it will be OUR PEOPLE that they expect to BUY their product. They will be making a bigger profit by paying lower wages to poor people in a poor country so that their stock holders can make more money. Now do you understand the wish to boycott them?
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@piatos03 (396)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
Well, if you put it that way, then I'd boycott the product too. If I was from YOUR COUNTRY.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Thank`you for your support! Shalom~Adoniah
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I am dissapointed that they would stoop to that level. They make billions every year, and to move to Mexico and hire cheap labor is just sad. I do understand the tax part though, but not paying your workers unliveable wages. It's hard enough to get by as it is. Hershey is a huge company and it will be hard trying not to buy their products. But think of all the people who will be out of jobs because of it. I myself intend to support the boycott. Perhaps there is a way to contacy them online and voice our thoughts.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Hello Irishmist, They do have a web site and a contact email, so you could tell them how you feel. I do not think that this is why they have the site, but there is no reason why you cannot use it for such a purpose. I think it would be good!! Shalom~Adoniah
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I haven't been using any of their products lately, anyway... it seems to me that their chocolate is becoming less chocolaty and more waxy. I have several other brands I get at Trader Joes... thats the good stuff!
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Hello Alamode, Glad to hear it. Now if we could just get folks to boycott one of the oil companies and get the others to stand up and take notice I think we would finaly be on the rode to taking back control of our own country! Shalom~Adoniah
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
I guess I can go without Hersey's Peanutbutter Cups. I am trying to lose weight, so that should work. I do hate when companies move overseas or across the border to where the wages are so cheap. The people in America who lose their jobs and have to take lower wage ones cannot afford to buy houses - hence the housing market is going down hill. I wish the United States business corporations would see that by moving the jobs out of America, it is Americans themselves that will suffer.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
24 Jan 08
You are so right. We all suffer not just monetarily, but our credibility suffers also. Shalom~Adoniah
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
23 Jan 08
I remember years ago when you could tour the Hershey factory. There was REAL chocolate being poured and real candy being made. You even got a free candy bar at the end of the tour. Things changed after that and the tour became an automated - not the real thing - tour. What is Hershey planning on doing with the factory, the amusement park, the entire town being sustained on the industry?
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
They say that there will still be a Park there and tours but no production, just sales. The corporate offices are moving so it will become a foriegn company.
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@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
23 Jan 08
The first move is from their plant in California, and from what I read they will not be moving the entire operation to Mexico. They would be cutting their own throat to even consider moving the original plant out of Hershey, Pa. What would they call Chocolate World, and Hershey Park, all with a chocolate theme. It's all part of the history and fun of Hershey Pa. And as with all boycotting, it sounds like a great and noble idea, but business is business and it won't change their plans, whatever they maybe. And FYI, I don't eat chocolate, unless it is a chocolate flavored coffee, (hard to believe huh charlotte??)
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
The park may stay but they already no longer manufacture chocolate in Hershey. They will still sell there and do fake tours there. The Canadian plant will be the same way. They will no longer manufacture chocolate they will just use it as a shipping transfer point. So Hershey will no longer be an American company. It will become a foreign company because they are moving the Corporate offices too.
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@Kenorv (344)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Just think of how many more jobs are going to be outsourced to other countries if the minimum wage is raised to say $9.50 like John Edwards is proposing. I'm not saying that I'm against raising the minimum wage just that you know big businesses would be. It's crazy. Something needs to be done. I wish I knew what the answer is. Maybe just get rid of the business tax altogether and replace it with a federal sales tax or something. I don't know but something needs to be done to encourage companies to stay in the U.S.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Part of it is the insane saleries of the CEOs and the rest is the fact that the share holders come first. The employees are no longer important and the product is no longer at the top of the list of importance. Business has become extremely slipshod! The almighty dollar is worshiped above all.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
23 Jan 08
This is the reason the country is in the sad shape that it is currently. Because companies like this send their job to other countries. I don't buy too much chocolate, but I will keep that in mind the next time that I do purchase any not to buy Hershey's brand.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
Good for you!! I am looking into other products too. It is time we stood up for our rights and our country in every way and had our say!!
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• United States
23 Jan 08
I don't eat chocolate anyway, so it won't be a problem to me. I knew when the NAFTA bill was passed many moons ago, most big companies were going to book it to Mexico so they can pay the Mexicans there who work for them a few dollars a day. Opens up free trade...whatever. It takes jobs away from Americans who have been employed in those plants. It gives them to the same people who climb over that border fence and then pop out 10 kids using OUR tax dollars and uses OUR resources without paying for them. Didn't GE do the same thing when NAFTA first was enacted? Didn't they book it to Mexico not long after that to avoid taxes and decent wages?
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
They don't just go to Mexico. Have you ever tried to call information and get a phone number and find someone who speaks english as a first language? And they are not from Mexico.
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• United States
22 Jan 08
Well I think they still have to pay taxes to the us government as far as being a business. They do not however have to pay minimum wage, health care, pensions, social security, and all the other advantages american workers are used to. I am two sided on this, one I think it is a great betrayal to a country that has bought their products for all these years, but on the other side they are a company and their goal is to make money, and with health care and all other employee benefits continually going up it is easy to see why they would want to leave. I blame our country for these things, not the company that just wants to stay in business.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Jan 08
When the company leaves this country and sets up shop in another country, the company no longer has to pay any corporate taxes. If the executives also move out and stay out of the country for 12 months, they do not have to pay income taxes. It is a sweet deal if you do not care about your country anymore. Shalom~Adoniah
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• United States
23 Jan 08
Well this is the first I am hearing about this and I must say I am very disappointed. We go to Hershey Park every year. My kids love the tour of the chocolate world, where they see how the chocolate is made. I will have to read more about this- thanks for enlightening me!
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
28 Jan 08
How can they hurt them with taxes when they no longer even pay taxes. The import taxes are so low that that won't hurt them. If we change those then we have to change them across the board. We cannot just change them for a few companies.