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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.

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Column: US cash for push on climate will be missed

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement....

Analysis: Lack of harmony in Europe on labelling

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and publi...


Dean Best | 10 Oct 2016

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 create a stronger competitor, particularly in the US, but there are some more strategic questions for Mars to answer, while the transaction can only add to Buffett's firepower should he wish to make more acquisitions in the food industry, writes Dean Best.


Ben Cooper | 22 Sep 2016

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainability are immensely varied. Here, just-food looks at the different ways six global food manufacturers seek to engage their workforce in their sustainability aims.


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.

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 | 22 Jun 2017

Mars has ended a distribution deal it has with Nordic food group Orkla on the handling of Wrigley products in Norway.


Dean Best | 2 Jun 2017

President Trump yesterday (1 June) fulfilled one of his campaign pledges by withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The deal commits signatories to keeping rising global temperatures "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5C. However, Trump believes the agreement would hit the US economy. Some of the biggest names in the food sector have hit out at the decision.


Helen Arnold | 25 May 2017

Mars has announced it is launching more than 30 confectionery products in the US this year, including brand extensions for Skittles and Wrigley's.


Helen Arnold | 15 May 2017

Mars has launched the "biggest product innovation ever" for its M&M's confectionery brand.


Dean Best | 12 May 2017

Confectioners operating in the US, including Nestle, Mars and Ferrero have announced a series of pledges in areas including pack sizes, calories and labelling.


John Shepherd | 27 Apr 2017

Mars is reportedly embroiled in a trade spat with German retail giant Edeka, which is said to have cleared some of the US group's products from its shelves.


Katy Askew | 24 Apr 2017

Confectionery giant Mars is launching its first M&M's block chocolate range in Australia. 


Dean Best | 21 Apr 2017

Mars has added to its Galaxy range in the UK with the launch of a range of chocolate fingers.


John Shepherd | 18 Apr 2017

Mars is expanding its range of protein-enhanced products in the UK with the launch of a protein powder under its namesake chocolate brand.


John Shepherd | 31 Mar 2017

Mars Inc has announced plans to "reinvest" US$70m in its US supply chain, with the creation of around 250 jobs at sites across the country.


Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2017

Health campaigners have accused some food manufacturers and retailers of "dragging their heels" over the UK's salt reduction targets for 2017. 


Dean Best | 17 Mar 2017

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey today (16 March) announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.


John Shepherd | 13 Mar 2017

The global president of Mars Inc's non-confectionery food arm has warned of price increases in the sector if the UK and EU fail to negotiate a post-Brexit free trade deal.


John Shepherd | 10 Mar 2017

Mars today (10 March) officially opened an expansion at a facility in Canada, which the company said marked the first time Maltesers are being made in North America.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2017

One of the six food and beverage heavyweights aiming for the introduction of "harmonised" nutrition labels across the EU has said the companies would want to "integrate" information on portion sizes into the labels already used on packaging in the UK.


Dean Best | 9 Mar 2017

Nestle, Unilever and PepsiCo are among the food companies that are to work on devising colour-coded nutrition labels to put on products on sale in the EU.


John Shepherd | 9 Mar 2017

Mars Inc has chosen France as the first market for the launch of its M&M's ice cream bars.


Dean Best | 16 Feb 2017

Mars is eyeing "leading retailers" in the UK and Ireland after deciding to launch its CocoaVia food supplements in the two markets.


Dean Best | 14 Feb 2017

Mars, which markets ice cream in hand-held format in the UK, is launching two lines in tubs.


John Shepherd | 24 Nov 2016

Consumer protection chiefs in Chile are suing Kellogg, Nestle and Mars Inc for displaying children's cartoon characters on products high in sugar in alleged breaches of advertising laws to combat obesity.


John Shepherd | 22 Nov 2016

Mars has launched three of its flagship chocolate brands in a Mini Cubes format in France aimed at "energising" the country's confectionery market.


Dean Best | 18 Nov 2016

Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Danone chief executive Emmanuel Faber are among a clutch of senior industry executives to reiterate their support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, amid fears President-elect Donald Trump may look to remove the US from the deal.

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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