The Hershey Company Does Not Purchase Peanut Butter, Peanuts or Peanut Products from Peanut Corporation of America

    All Hershey and Reese's candies are safe to consume

    HERSHEY, Pa., Jan. 20 /CNW/ -- The Hershey Company (NYSE:   HSY) today
issued a statement related to peanuts:

    No products made by The Hershey Company, including items and brands in
the iconic Reese's franchise, are affected by the recent recall related to
peanut butter. Hershey does not purchase any peanut butter, peanuts or peanut
products from the Peanut Corporation of America. Peanut butter for Reese's
Peanut Butter Cups is made in Hershey facilities under the most stringent
safety and quality standards.

    All of our products are safe to consume. This includes all items sold to
other food companies and used as ingredients in other products. Consumers with
any questions regarding this issue should call our Consumer Relations line at

    About The Hershey Company
    The Hershey Company (NYSE:   HSY) is the largest North American
manufacturer of quality chocolate and sugar confectionery products. With
revenues of nearly $5 billion and almost 13,000 employees worldwide, The
Hershey Company markets such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's
Kisses, Kit Kat, Twizzlers and Ice Breakers. Hershey is the leader in the
fast-growing dark and premium chocolate segment, with such brands as Hershey's
Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Hershey's Extra Dark and Cacao Reserve by
Hershey's. Hershey's Ice Breakers franchise delivers refreshment across a
variety of mint and gum flavors and formats. Hershey's partnership with
Starbucks offers a premium chocolate experience that combines the
highest-quality chocolate with Starbucks coffee-house flavors, for a range of
delicious and distinct chocolate products. In addition, Artisan Confections
Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hershey Company, markets such
premium chocolate offerings as Scharffen Berger, known for its high-cacao dark
chocolate products, Joseph Schmidt, recognized for its fine, handcrafted
chocolate gifts, and Dagoba, known for its high-quality natural and organic
chocolate bars. Visit us at


For further information:

For further information: Kirk Saville, The Hershey Company,
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