Hershey’s company says there will be enough candy this Halloween – it just may not be festive 

Halloween turns sour! Hershey warns it will not have enough holiday candy as consumers demand more sweet stuff and it won’t be able to ramp up special packaging

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Trick-or-treaters will not have to worry about Hershey’s missing from their jack-o’-lantern pails this Halloween, but the company warns the beloved candy bars will run short of festive packaging.

‘Consumers don’t need to worry about empty shelves,’ a Hershey Company spokesperson told DailyMail.com. ‘We’ll all still be able to enjoy our favorite Hershey treats this Halloween; those treats may just be dressed up in everyday packaging versus seasonal or Halloween-inspired designs.’

The concerns come amid headlines that consumers may not be able to snag a bag of the holiday favorites after comments made by CEO Michele Buck as the company released their second quarter earnings on Thursday.

‘Her comment meant that consumer demand is growing so much that we had the opportunity to deliver even more Halloween than we are, but we wouldn’t have been able to supply that,’ a Hershey Company spokesperson told DailyMail.com in an email.  

‘Knowing those capacity constraints, we made the decision to produce more everyday candy over more Halloween.’ 

The Hershey Company reassured that their chocolate bars will be fully stocked and ready for consumers this Halloween season

The Hershey Company reassured that their chocolate bars will be fully stocked and ready for consumers this Halloween season

Concern of the famous candy bars running low come amid CEO Michele Buck stating the company would 'not be able to fully meet consumer demand due to capacity constraints.'

Concern of the famous candy bars running low come amid CEO Michele Buck stating the company would ‘not be able to fully meet consumer demand due to capacity constraints.’ 

Hershey CEO Michele Buck said that everyday and seasonal products are made on the same line and the company has to balance production to improve everyday shelf availability alongside seasonal products.

The Hershey Company CEO Michele Buck said the company can't only focus on producing more holiday chocolate as the demand for everyday shelf product rises

The Hershey Company CEO Michele Buck said the company can’t only focus on producing more holiday chocolate as the demand for everyday shelf product rises 

The need to balance everyday shelf availability and seasonal goodies led to the decision of not prioritizing the special holiday wrapping. 

‘It was a tough decision to balance that with the seasons, but we thought that was really important,’ Buck told a reporter at the Thursday earnings meeting. ‘That was a choice that we needed to make. We had opportunity to deliver more Halloween, but we weren’t able to supply that. We were really producing—we begin producing Halloween back in the Spring, and that’s really when we needed to make these key decisions on what we were going to produce.’  

The comments from Buck were interpreted as the the candy running low in stock – which the company confirms is false. 

‘These capacity constraints we referenced during yesterday’s earnings call are due to a tremendous increase in consumer demand the past few years,’ the company spokesperson said.

‘As in years past, our everyday, snack size assortment can be applied to seasonal displays if consumers just can’t get enough of our Halloween and Holiday products.’ 

The comments from Buck were interpreted as the the candy running low in stock - which the company said is false. A spokesperson said Buck meant the company wouldn't be able to meet the growing demand of the chocolate due to capacity constraints

The comments from Buck were interpreted as the the candy running low in stock – which the company said is false. A spokesperson said Buck meant the company wouldn’t be able to meet the growing demand of the chocolate due to capacity constraints 

CEO Buck further explained Thursday that despite the company increasing its earnings, COVID-19, coupled with the the supply chain shortage and the labor market, impacted production.

‘We struggled to efficiently ramp up production back to our historical levels,’ Buck said, while explaining the company has taken action to address the issues by deploying teams to increase production. 

An increase in everyday consumption of candy, while simultaneously producing seasonal candy, prompted the company to ramp up production – just not variety, Buck explained.

She said that everyday and seasonal products are made on the same line and the company has to balance production to improve everyday shelf availability alongside seasonal products. 

‘We are seeking improvement every week, and this will remain a key focus area for our supply chain teams until our production and service levels are optimized,’ Buck said. 

The company’s net sales increased over 19% to $2.37 billion in the second quarter that ended on July 3. The company experienced double digit sales growth, Buck said.

Despite the potential scarce Halloween festive supply, the company expects to ‘remain favorable to historical levels, as inflation and fewer government benefits are expected to weaken consumers’ buying power,’ according to the company. 

‘Profit from increased sales growth is expected to more than offset higher supply chain costs.’

The Hershey company stock has doubled in the past five years. The beloved American chocolate bar has been circulating since the 1900s

The Hershey company stock has doubled in the past five years. The beloved American chocolate bar has been circulating since the 1900s

The Hershey Company stock has nearly doubled in the past five years. As of Friday afternoon, the stock was selling at the cost of $229.84 per share. The company also announced the increase of dividends to $1.036 on Thursday.

‘Historically, Hershey’s sales growth has been driven by higher prices and not necessarily volume … The company is entering this period from a position of strength with that expertise,” CFRA Research analyst Arun Sundaram said.

The Hershey Company began in 1894 and sold its first candy car in 1900. The company has chocolate factories all over the US and out of the country, including in Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, and Dubai.   

Last year, Thrillist.com ranked Hershey’s Bar as the tenth out of 50 most desired American classic candy.

Coming in 9th place was Reese’s Pieces following Nestle Crunch, Mr. Goodbar, 100 Grand, Butterfinger, KitKat, Snickers, and Twix. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were ranked number one.

The Hershey Company has grown to be a world wide phenomenon since the company opened in 1894

The Hershey Company has grown to be a world wide phenomenon since the company opened in 1894 

While Hershey’s is improving weekly on their production amid supply chain setbacks, other company’s might also be preparing for the upcoming season.

Last year, the global supply chain crisis haunted Halloween as stores left shelves bare amid the spooky season.

Costumes, decorations and candy were held up in ports due to a shortage of truck drivers, warehouse space and bottlenecks in the network.

PICTURED: Store in 2021 as Halloween was under threat from supply chain chaos. 'Distraught' shoppers battled empty shelves and canceled orders weeks ahead of the festivities

PICTURED: Store in 2021 as Halloween was under threat from supply chain chaos. ‘Distraught’ shoppers battled empty shelves and canceled orders weeks ahead of the festivities

PICTURED: Store in 2021. Costumes, decorations and candy remained held up in ports due to a shortage of truck drivers, warehouse space and bottlenecks in the network

PICTURED: Store in 2021. Costumes, decorations and candy remained held up in ports due to a shortage of truck drivers, warehouse space and bottlenecks in the network

Customers were furious after having to forego Halloween in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, only to be faced with the prospect of another muted celebration in 2021 due to supply issues.

Home Depot President Ted Decker said in August 2021 that stores were sold out of pre-release Halloween products almost immediately.

An employee at Spirit Halloween in Layton, Utah, said last year: ‘[Our selection was] really good between the middle of September and the end of September. Once October hit it was just gone, gone, gone.’

A company spokesperson added they have ‘experienced a few scares this Halloween season’ after enduring delays and expensive shipping costs.

Shoppers further raged online last year in the disappointment of stores lacking Halloween decor.

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