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SCHARFFEN Berger Factory Closing

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 12:13 pm in Other.

Sharffen Berger chocolateOK, factory closings are always sad, sad affairs. But this? Hershey’s is closing the Scharffen Berger factory, easily Berkeley’s most beloved and deliciously fragrant production facility. Sigh. Yeah, the cocoa nibs were fab and chocolate awesome, but it was the factory tour that rocked on the sweetness scale. Hershey’s claims it’s making most of Scharffen Berger’s stock elsewhere anyway – which, I’m sorry, but that’s sacrilegious right there… But the Berkeley factory was a great, offbeat destination for a family outing, a little gourmet Willy Wonka in our own backyard. Yes, the Bay Area has plenty of other wonderful, family-friendly destinations – including that cool Dragonboat Festival on Treasure Island that one of our readers, rkt88edmo, mentioned earlier this week! But let’s take a moment of sad silence for Scharffen Berger…

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