Scharffen Berger Fallout


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.