Reese's Cup's Journey

By Brian Wilkinson

Reese's Cup Maps

It may not seem like it, but a the ingredients in a Reese's Cup came from all over the world. I learned a lot from researching the Reese's Cup. The Hershey Company manufactures most of their products in their hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania which is in the southeast part of the state. The factory sits between the Lackawanna River and route I-76. They get their ingredients shipped to them from all over the world and are the number one chocolate company.

The cocoa for the Hershey chocolate comes from Western African countries like Mali, Algeria, Niger, and Mauritania. The Peanuts t make the peanut butter comes from Shandong, China.

How the Reese's Cup Got To Me

The first thing that needed to happen was the natural resources had to be farmed. The cocoa was then shipped from Western Africa, and the peanuts were shipped from Shandong, China to the factory in Pennsylvania over or through the Atlantic Ocean. The ingredients were then trucked from the port or from the airport along route I-76 to the factory. The ingredients were put into the machines and the Reese's Cup was made. The Reese's Cup was then packaged and shipped by truck to the Walmart in Salem, NH. I then went to the Walmart and bout the Reese's cup and brought it back to my house where i ate it.
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Reese's Cup Problems

The problem that could have been experienced while making this candy is that the chocolate coming from Africa has a bad story behind it. In Western Africa, there's a lot of child labor, especially on cocoa farms. In 2012, the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System, a Hershey shareholder, seeked documents from the Hershey Company about where they get their cocoa. They accused Hershey chocolate of being the product of forced child labor. This may deter people from buying Hershey products.

Negatives to Living in a Globalized World

There are many positives and negatives from living in a globalized world. The negatives to living in a globalized world is that when something happens to another country, we feel the effects and that effects our country. If a countries economy were to go down, they would have to raise prices and when they raise prices, we have to pay more and that is not good for our economy. To solve this, we could have a back up plan for all of the major resources that we use like oil so that if a country were to go down, we have another country to turn to. The second negative is that if we were to get into a war or fight with anther country, they can choose to not trade with us anymore and completely cut us off. This would mean that we would have to find out another way to get the stuff that we need. To protect us, we could try and become friends with as many countries as we can and not try in change what they are doing. If we try and change the way their government is run for example, they could take offence to that and cut us off.

Positives to Living in a Globalized World

The positives to living in a globalized world is that we are communicating with other countries. We are becoming friends with them by trading with them. This helps us when we are in a war. We know that if we get into a war, we can count on some of these countries to help us out. Another positive to living in a globalized world is that we can get resources that we do not have. If we want to make something but do not have the resources that we need, we can get those resources from another country.

Work Cited

"Get Hershey to End Its Harmful Child Labor Practices." ForceChange. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.

"The Hershey Company." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.

"View Products." Hersheys.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.