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Hershey Co., 3D Systems developing 3-D food printers

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The Hershey Co. and South Carolina-based 3D Systems Inc. have a multiyear agreement to develop 3-D printer systems and software to create candies and other foods, 3D Systems said in a news release.

“We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands,” William Papa, Hershey’s vice president and chief research and development officer, said in the statement. “Whether it’s creating a whole new form of candy or developing a new way to produce it, we embrace new technologies such as 3D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.”

The companies will research and develop both consumer-level and commercial-level 3-D printing technology for food production, they said. The companies said they believe candy applications could be one more way to bring 3-D printing into the mainstream.

Hershey, based in Derry Township, this week announced it was introducing another product line with its chocolate spreads. The company trades its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HSY.

3D Systems, based in Rock Hill, S.C., trades its shares on the NYSE under the ticker symbol DDD.

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