Hershey (HSY), together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing various chocolate and confectionery products, pantry items, and gum and mint refreshment products worldwide. This dividend paying company has rewarded shareholders with a dividend increase for 5 years in a row.
Over the past decade, earnings per share have increased by 7.10% per year, while dividends were raised by 15.30% per year. The company froze dividends in 2009, which ended its 33 year streak of consecutive dividend increases.
Currently, the stock is trading at 29.80 times earnings and yields a very sustainable 1.60%.