I grew up just outside of Hershey, Pa., the town that, since 1894, has also been home to the Hershey Company. From a young age, I visited the Hershey chocolate factory and park and watched food technologists transform commodities, including cocoa, raw milk, and sugar, into many of the chocolate products that would eventually stock grocery store shelves.

I saw firsthand how the Hershey Company and other food processors, like Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats, served local communities throughout South Cen…

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About the Author

Christopher R. Daubert, PhD, is Vice Chancellor & Dean of the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and president-elect of IFT ([email protected]).