The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products. The company operates through two segments, North America, and International and Other. It offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products comprising chewing gums and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items, including spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, and mixes. The company provides its products primarily under the Hershey's, Reese's, Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Almond Joy, Brookside, Cadbury, Good & Plenty, Heath, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Payday, Rolo, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Ice Breakers, Breathsavers, Bubble Yum, and Heath brands, as well as under the Golden Monkey, Pelon Pelo Rico, IO-IO, Nutrine, Maha Lacto, Jumpin, and Sofit brands. It markets and sells its products to wholesale distributors, chain grocery stores, mass merchandisers, chain drug stores, vending companies, wholesale clubs, convenience stores, dollar stores, concessionaires, and department stores. The Hershey Company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Business Analysis of Hershey
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Here is the performance snapshot of Hershey with an interactive chart.
- Revenue Growth: Hershey reported a revenue growth of 0.7% year-on-year during 2016. Food Products Industry grew at -5.4% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey spent 57.6% of its total revenues on COGS. Food Products industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 79.3%
- R&D share of Revenues: Hershey R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey spent 25.7% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Food Products industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 11.6%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey spent 10.0% of its total revenues on Inventories. Food Products industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 10.7%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey invested 7.0% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Food Products industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 12.5%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey invested 7.8% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Food Products industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 7.5%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey invested 29.3% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Food Products industry average PPE investment in the same period was 18.6%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Hershey invested 17.5% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Food Products industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 29.4%
- Net Margins: Hershey Net Margins in the year 2016 were 9.7%. Food Products industry average Net Margins in the same period were 4.1%
Sector and Industry Association of Hershey
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Hershey is associated with Consumer Goods Sector and Food Products Industry.
Consumer Goods sector is comprised of the following industries: Beverages; Personal Goods; Food Products; Diversified Food; Household Goods & Home Construction; Food Distribution; Tobacco; Toys and Games. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Beverages industry consists of: Brewing Companies - manufacturers of cider or malt products such as beer, ale and stout; Distillers and Vintners Companies - blenders and shippers of wine and spirits such as whisky, brandy, rum, gin or liqueurs; and Soft Drinks Companies - manufacturers, bottlers and distributors of nonalcoholic beverages, such as soda, fruit juices, tea, coffee and bottled water.
- Personal Goods industry includes: Clothing & Accessories Companies - manufacturers and distributors of all types of clothing, jewellery, watches or textiles, sportswear, sunglasses, eyeglass frames, leather clothing and goods, and processors of hides and skins; Footwear Companies - manufacturers and distributors of shoes, boots, sandals, sneakers and other types of footwear; and Consumer Packaged Goods Companies - makers and distributors of cosmetics, toiletries and personal-care and hygiene products, including deodorants, soaps, toothpaste, perfumes, diapers, shampoos, razors and feminine hygiene products.
- Food Products industry includes: Farming & Fishing companies - companies that grow crops or raise livestock, operate sherries or own non-tobacco plantation; Food Products Companies - food producers, including meatpacking, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and frozen seafood. It also includes producers of pet food and manufacturers of dietary supplements, vitamins and related items.
- Diversified Food industry includes companies that offer a diverse portfolio of food products across agricultural, animal and dairy product categories.
- Household Goods & Home Construction industry includes companies that offer: Durable Household Products - Manufacturers and distributors of domestic appliances, lighting, hand tools and power tools, hardware, cutlery, tableware, garden equipment, luggage, towels and linens; Nondurable Household Products - Producers and distributors of pens, paper goods, batteries, light bulbs, tissues, toilet paper and cleaning products such as soaps and polishes; Furnishings - Manufacturers and distributors of furniture, including chairs, tables, desks, carpeting, wallpaper and office furniture; Home Construction - constructors of residential homes, including manufacturers of mobile and prefabricated homes intended for use in one place.
- Food Distribution industry includes companies that distribute food, beverage and consumer goods to restaurants, healthcare, educational facilities, lodging establishments; equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries.
- Tobacco industry includes Manufacturers and distributors of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. It also includes tobacco plantations.
- Toys and Games industry consists of manufacturers and distributors of toys and video/computer games, including such toys and games as playing cards, board games, stuffed animals and dolls.
Industry Ranking of Hershey
With $7.4 billion revenues, Hershey ranked number 8 of all the companies in the US Food Products industry. There were a total of 46 public companies in the US Food Products industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Food Products industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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