The three largest chocolate companies in the world are The Hershey Company, Mars Incorporated, and NestlÃ© SA.
The Hershey Company is the largest chocolate company in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894, The Hershey Company has operations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, Malaysia, China, Japan, South Korea ,and Australia. In addition to its iconic brands like Hershey's Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups , The Hershey Company also manufactures a range of other popular confectionery products under brand names such as Jolly Rancher , Ice Breakers , Brookside , York Peppermint Patties , Twizzlers , Kit Kat , Whoppers Â and Milky Way .
Mars Incorporated is one of the world's leading manufacturers of food products including chocolate bars (such as Snickers ), pet foods (such as Pedigree ), gum & mints ( such as Orbit & Extra ), non-chocolate confectionary ( such as Skittles ) and other food items ( such as Uncle Ben's Rice ). Headquartered in McLean Virginia USA since 1985; prior to that it was based out of New Jersey where it was founded by Forrest E Mars Sr. back in 1911. Today Mars Incorporated operates globally across 6 continents with over 75 thousand employees working at more than 400 facilities; making them one of the largest private companies in terms of both size & revenue . Some popular brands owned by Mars include M&M's Â (milk chocolate candies with colorful hard candy shells), Snickers Â (a nougat & peanut butter filled milk chocolate bar), Twix Â (a biscuit base topped with caramel & coated milk chocolate) among many others .
NestlÃ© SA is a Swiss multinational consumer goods company headquartered located Vevey Vaud Switzerland . It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues â€“ ahead of Kraft Heinz Co & PepsiCo â€“ with close to 300 thousand employees working for them across 197 countries around globe . Nestleâ€™s product portfolio includes baby food cereal dairy-based beverages bottled water coffee tea pharmaceuticals pet foods among many others . Some well known Nestle brands include Nescafe Dolce Gusto Nespresso Gerber Maggi KitKat Lean Cuisine Milo Perrier Pure Life Smartwater Splash etcetera