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Hershey Beats Quarterly Sales Estimates On Higher Pricing

By Donna Ahern
Hershey Beats Quarterly Sales Estimates On Higher Pricing

Hershey beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly sales on Thursday, riding on benefits from higher prices of its chocolates and sweets.

Shares of the 129-year-old company rose about 2% before the bell.

When supply chain disruptions and the Russia-Ukraine war pushed up prices of everything from transport to commodities like sugar, many packaged food companies including Hershey raised the prices of their products to offset the impact of these rising costs.

However, several rounds of price hikes in the last two years have now hit demand and customers have started to push back on pricier consumables like chocolates and candies at a time when they struggle with higher interest rates and grocery prices.

Organic Prices 

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Overall organic prices rose by 9.8% in the third quarter, while organic volumes increased by only 0.9%.

The company's net sales rose to $3.03 billion in the quarter ended 1 October, from $2.73 billion a year earlier.

Analysts on average had expected $2.95 billion, according to LSEG data.

Read More: Hershey Looking To 'Eradicate' Lead, Cadmium From Chocolate: CFO

News by Reuters, edited by Donna Ahern, Checkout. For more a-brands stories, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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