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Josehph schmidts is closing their doors in S.F.

Their staff is sad, they're closing June 30th, they're having sales.

h/t to [livejournal.com profile] fd_midori

If you're in the East Bay, you might want to check out Sharffen Bergers, as they're in the same situation, but I don't know their closing date.

I just hope there's a location which can take them on. Perhaps Ghiradelli could now expand into more specialties and hire on the above staff. Ghiradelli co. is union run, at least.

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Date: 2009-03-27 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artemis-rich.livejournal.com
FYI: You know that Hershey acquired both of these companies back in 2005, right? Hershey will continue to make and market chocolate under both those labels in midwest facilities.

Still doesn't help all the folks here that are out of jobs.

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Date: 2009-03-27 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erg.livejournal.com
Yes, right. :)
For Sharffen Berger I don't recall if they're closing both the plant and the outlet shop (I seem to think they're keeping open the storefront, but my memory for this is spotty)nor the dates.
I understand the quality/ingredient list is suffering due to Hershey's centralizing to one facility.

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Date: 2009-03-28 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mschaos.livejournal.com
Hershey bought them in 2005, but they really don't know what to do with them -personally i think the quality went down on SB (can't say anything about JS as I never have had them...but they were a candy company and not a chocolate company - small difference I know but I used to work for Callebuat so I get picky in that regard)

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Date: 2009-03-28 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mschaos.livejournal.com
also, due to world demands, and the need to cut costs (cocoa nearly doubled when i was working at Callebaut there a year ago) it isn't surprising they are closing these places as they are $$$ to run - every place was trying to cut costs as the public doesn' want to spend more on quality chocolate

this makes quality hard to find and now there is an over abundance of crap

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Date: 2009-03-28 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erg.livejournal.com
I'd like to just be able to get it in fair trade. I'm sad to see the smaller places go, but I think they just got big enough to warrant $$ (from a small owners perspective) to buy them just for their label.

Hershey's has issues for me, how they source their product, how they treat their workers on the ground.
They're insisting that the quality won't drop, but I understand that to mean that they're using the same cocoa quality to start, but then putting in soy fillers to stretch it out.

Ask Isara, she probably knows who is making the specialty stuff, or knows the person who does know.

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Date: 2009-03-28 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mschaos.livejournal.com
I do know that Callebaut may not be completely fair trade, but they do assist the areas the areas where they source their cocoa with aide (building hospitals, schools, housing, etc...

I know there is some good stuff in this town (one near the piers I believe) but most of the candy makers source from manufacturers like Callebaut...

very few candy companies are making chocolate...even Hershey is getting out of the game as it takes too much money to make it

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