Re:Hershey Closing Scharffen Berger and Joseph Schmist
I took a tour of the Scharffen Berger factory in Berkeley while on vacation in the summer of 2004. I thought it was a thorough and enjoyable visit, and most people that I encountered there seemed to truly enjoy doing what they do. I am less a fan of super dark chocolates, but thought that the hot chocolate drink that they served was out of this world.
I was dismayed to hear that SB was purchased by mass marketer Hershey's, but they did seem as though they would leave well enough alone.
Realistically, though, in my mind, this is just another sign of a tough economy - with no end in sight. Add these layoffs and "consolidations" to the others you read about every day.