The Hershey Company is a producer of chocolate in North America and a provider in chocolate and sugar confectionery. The Company�s principal product groups include chocolate and sugar confectionery products; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings and beverages, and gum and mint refreshment products. It manufactures, markets, sells and distributes its products under more than 80 brand names. The Company markets its products in approximately 70 countries worldwide. The Company operates in United States, the Americas, and Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (AEMEA). The Company�s key regions include the United States; the Americas, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Central America, Puerto Rico and global exports and AEMEA, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and exports to these geographical areas In January 2012, the Company acquired Brookside Foods Ltd. (Brookside).