Hershey’s Onorato To Retire After 38 Years With The Company


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Hershey, PA — Following 38 years with the company, Dave Onorato will retire from The Hershey Co. later this year.

Onorato has focused much of his time at Hershey on small format stores, being named national director of convenience store sales in 2002. In 2005, he became vice-president of global convenience store sales, responsible for developing Hershey’s global c-store customers. A year later, he assumed responsibility for special trade classes — vending, fundraising and concession — as well as food-service and dollar store sales. He was named vice-president of small format stores in 2015.

The company notes that throughout his tenure, Onorato has forged relationships with customers and colleagues by building upon simple, core values of honesty and trust. He has been recognized for both his work in sales and for advancing diversity within the industry. He is an active participant at NCA events, as well as NACS, Convenience Distributors Association and NAMA.

He was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2012, recognizing his lifetime commitment to advancing and improving the confectionery industry and selected for the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame in 2020.

He will continue in a transition role through the end of September.