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Mars Inc is an international food company. Founded by Franklin Clarence Mars in 1911, Mars Inc is a private company. The head office for Mars Inc is located in McLean, Virginia, USA.

Latest Insights

What next for Mars... and for Buffett?

Mars has moved to take full control of Wrigley, buying the minority stake held in the chewing gum maker by Warren Buffett. The deal could cr...

How food companies involve staff in sustainability

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainab...

Ben Cooper | 16 Aug 2016

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the necessary product information to be communicated through a QR code. Ben Cooper asks whether this enshrines the consumer’s right to know if GM ingredients are present or the right to find out.

Ben Cooper | 28 Jul 2016

Improving the diet of employees can boost productivity, morale and staff retention, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority for any company. But, Ben Cooper writes, the nutritional value of workplace catering at a food company is likely to be more closely scrutinised than at other companies, while the food sector has a unique contribution to make in improving workplace nutrition at large.

Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.

Christophe Knoke, IRI | 14 Apr 2016

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by harnessing the rise of the millennial consumer. Christophe Knoke, senior director at IRI Germany, investigates.

Latest Interviews

Katy Askew | 6 Sep 2016

The US food industry is facing some significant challenges, from rising concern over health and wellness, to the growing awareness among consumers of sourcing and supply chain issues and to new consumption patterns. Katy Askew spoke to Tracey Massey, president of Mars Inc's Mars Chocolate North America division, and Casey Keller, president of its Wrigley North America confectionery division, to find out how the company is responding. 

Ben Cooper | 19 Jun 2015

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.

Latest News

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2016

Mars Inc has said there will be an impact on jobs from the combination of its chocolate business with Wrigley - but the US food giant insisted the creation of Mars Wrigley Confectionery is "about growth".

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2016

Mars Inc., the US food giant, has unified its chocolate and Wrigley operations in one business after buying out Warren Buffett from his investment in the chewing gum maker.

John Shepherd | 15 Sep 2016

Mars Symbioscience (MSS), the global health and life sciences division of Mars Inc, has become a founding partner of Impact 2030 – a United Nations-backed business incubator initiative for "evidence-based innovations that positively impact the health and well-being of people and the planet".

John Shepherd | 27 Jul 2016

Mars Inc subsidiary Wrigley is investing RUB600m (US$10m) in modernising its manufacturing facility in St Petersburg, Russia, to support the launch of a "Russian-developed" Juicy Fruit chewing gum product.

John Shepherd | 18 Jul 2016

Mars Inc is expanding the tastes of some of the group's best-known brands from the confectionery aisle into the freezer with the launch of a range of frozen desserts.

John Shepherd | 8 Jul 2016

Mars Food UK today (8 July) announced plans to invest GBP23m (US$29.8m) in a new production line for Uncle Ben's Ready to Heat Rice at its Kings's Lynn plant in Norfolk.

John Shepherd | 29 Jun 2016

Mars Inc., one of the world's largest food manufacturers, today (29 June) announced a "global strategic business partnership" with China-based online and mobile commerce firm the Alibaba Group.

Dean Best | 21 Jun 2016

Mars has launched a range of trail mixes in the UK under three of the chocolate brands it has in the country.

Dean Best | 15 Jun 2016

Mars Inc is reportedly weighing up whether to remove some of its confectionery products from desserts sold by US foodservice chains including McDonald's and Burger King.

Dean Best | 13 Jun 2016

Mars Inc has moved to increase its production of Skittles in the US to meet "rising demand".

John Shepherd | 7 Jun 2016

Mars Inc said today (7 June) it is "assessing the next steps" after a court in Sweden ruled the company could face heavy fines if it continues to sell its M&M's confectionery in the country, following a long-running trademark tussle with Mondelez International.

Dean Best | 2 Jun 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration has outlined plans to cut salt intake in the country by almost a third in ten years, releasing voluntary targets in 150 categories, which are now up for consultation. Here's a flavour of the reaction to the announcement.

Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2016

Mars Inc has announced it will use only renewable energy to power its UK plants.

Katy Askew | 6 May 2016

Mars Inc has announced the launch of two new protein bars under its Mars and Snickers brands in the UK. 

Hannah Abdulla | 3 May 2016

Mars Inc. is moving its chief customer officer Andrew Clarke to the newly created role of chief marketing and customer officer. 

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Apr 2016

Mars Inc. is to combine the sales and marketing operations of its food and Wrigley gum businesses in Spain.

Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2016

Mars Inc has unveiled a health drive behind food brands including Uncle Ben's, Masterfoods and Dolmio.

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Apr 2016

Mars Inc. is taking its Wrigley's Doublemint gum brand into the UK mints category.

Dean Best | 21 Mar 2016

Mars Inc is to put labels on foods on sale in the US that contain genetically-modified ingredients.

Dean Best | 21 Mar 2016

Mars has appointed Claus Aagaard, the finance chief of its pet care division, as CFO of the group.

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Mar 2016

Mars Inc is pumping almost EUR2m (US$2.2m) into expanding production of its Ebly and Uncle Ben's products in France.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2016

Mars Inc has grabbed mainstream headlines around the world today (23 February) after announcing a recall of chocolate products from over 50 markets after plastic was found in one product. It is comes just months after the US food giant pulled batches in the UK over fears of plastic could be found in products.

Katy Askew | 12 Sep 2014

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?

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