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The Hershey Co

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Rampant Cocoa Cost Inflation Unlikely to Dull Wide-Moat Hershey's Financial Prospects or Edge

Business Strategy and Outlook

Consumers' hunger for confectionery and snacking fare has yet to be fulfilled, as evidenced by Hershey's outsize organic sales growth the past few years. But from where we sit, this isn't merely a byproduct of a favorable demand environment. Rather, we applaud the strategic focus CEO Michele Buck has brought to bear over the past seven years--ramping up investments in its core domestic brands while pulling back in its international arm (high-single-digit percentage of total sales, where we surmise its competitive position lags its global peers).

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