Although the company states that the process is simply “underway” and that it does not have a specific timeline, Hershey's acknowledged that the demand for products with real sugar was a major factor in the move.
"We take into account what consumers want. And consumers are telling us between the two, they prefer sugar," Hershey’s chief research and development officer told The Associated Press.
Currently, the company uses a mix of both sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products, though some products, like classic Hershey's bars, are made with sugar alone. Products like York Peppermint Pattie, Fifth Avenue, Almond Joy, and Take 5 all contain high-fructose corn syrup.
"Our aim is to be transparent with our consumers about the ingredients we use in our products. Once we have more information to share, we will be back in touch," Hershey's said in its statement.