Hershey Foods Corporation (NYSE: HSY) today announced sales and earnings for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000. Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter were $1,194,902,000 compared with $1,105,838,000 for the fourth quarter of 1999. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2000 was $115,962,000, or $.84 per share diluted, compared with $98,007,000, or $.70 per share diluted, for the comparable period in 1999, an EPS increase of 20.0 percent. No operating results from the acquisition of the mint and gum businesses of Nabisco, Inc. were included in the fourth quarter of 2000, as the transaction was completed very late in the year.