Hershey joins peers to form CocoaAction

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Hershey Co. is joining other cocoa and chocolate companies to found an industrywide partnership dedicated to promoting cocoa sustainability in West Africa.

The organization, Cocoa­Action, has been convened under the World Cocoa Foundation, Hershey said. It will unify the industry's numerous sustainability programs, aligning them to make them more efficient and effective, Hershey said.

Hershey is in the midst of a 5-year, $10-million-plus initiative, announced in 2012, to improve productivity and living conditions for cocoa farmers, the Dauphin County-based candy maker said.

CocoaAction initially will focus on C”te d'Ivoire and Ghana, which provide about 55 percent of the world's cocoa supply, Hershey said.

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