Friday, January 30, 2009

Scharffen Berger Fallout

By Chris Thompson
Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The Trib has a vox populi piece about the closing of the West Berkeley chocolate factory Scharffen Berger, and folks ain't happy. Lovers of the once-local specialty chocolatier lingered in the store and the cafe, heaping much vitriol on Hershey for killing the institution in pursuit of more profits. Keep in mind: Hershey isn't losing money; in fact, its fourth quarter profits rose relative to the same period last year. So this ain't a recession thing, and Berkeley foodies have every right to be annoyed.

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