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These two men are so different, and yet mostly in spite of themselves created two of the world's largest food companies. The Mars family is very secretive and a bit uptight; Hershey left his fortune to a group of orphans. You can see how each man impacted the culture of the companies that they built.
Here are a few tidbits:
- When a Mars rep went out to a grocery store to make a sale, part of the trip included taking all the Hershey candy and moving it to the bottom shelf in the back of the store.
- Hershey's salesmen got credit for a sale whether they sold one bar of chocolate or a truckload. They also had no way of knowing if they could fulfill an order.
- E.T. saved Hershey, despite that the film makers first approached Mars.
- If you work at Mars your desk is expected to be clear at all times. There is a basket of chocolate bars for employees to snack on, but it expected that they used a knife and cut a piece – not take the entire bar.
You'll have to read the book for more.