Hershey Has No Plans for CBD Candy

The CEO pointed to prohibitions on cannabis beverages and food as one reason for caution.

June 19, 2019

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa.—While some manufacturers have added CBD to gummy candy and chocolates, Hershey has no plans to put the nonpsychoactive cannabis compound in its products, CNBC reports.

Michele Buck, CEO of Hershey, said that the company is keeping a close eye on the market but isn’t ready to move forward with any CBD products. “It is a huge trend, so we’re evaluating it but have no plans at this point in time,” she said this week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t allow the compound to be put into food and beverages because CBD is the main ingredient in a drug that treats childhood epilepsy. The agency is looking into CBD and how to regulate it.

“Frankly, there’s some work to do from a regulatory perspective,” Buck said. “Currently, it is not legal to ship interstate a food product that has CBD.”

Hershey, Mondelez, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola all are exercising caution when it comes to putting the compound into foods and drinks, but upstart companies are jumping on the CBD bandwagon.

NACS has prepared a fact sheet (for members only) to help you navigate what’s legal and what’s not for CBD retailing.