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Hershey To Create 3-D Printed Edibles

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HERSHEY, Pa. (CBS) – Just one day after announcing its plans to market a line of Nutella-like chocolate spreads, Hershey now says it is trying to create 3-D-printed food.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the company says it’s entered into a multi-year joint development project with 3D Systems, a three dimensional printing company, to create “edible foods, including confectionary treats.”

“We believe that innovation is key to delivering relevant, compelling consumer experiences with our iconic brands,” said William Papa, Vice President and Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “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.”

Food is just the latest thing to be printed by the new technology. In November 2013, Philadelphia City Council voted to ban the use of 3-D printers to make guns.

Hershey has not yet said exactly what types of products it plans to utilize 3-D printing for.

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