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Atlantic Grupa to become first official distributor for Mars in Croatia

12 Jan 2018

Croatia's Atlantic Grupa will become the first official distributor of Mars products in the European country from February in a move expected to generate an additional HRK100m (US$16.1m) in revenue this year.

Mars relaunches Alert gum in US

25 Oct 2017

Mars has brought back its Alert caffeine-enhanced chewing gum to the US market, four years after pulling the product amid regulatory concerns over the use of the product in food and drink products.

Mars ends Wrigley distribution deal with Orkla

22 Jun 2017

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

Mars rolls out new confectionery products in US

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.

What next for the new Mars Wrigley Confectionery... and for Warren Buffett?

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.

Wrigley integration to hit jobs - Mars

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".

Mars buys out Warren Buffett, unifies chocolate arm with Wrigley

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.

How Mars tries to adapt to grow confectionery sales in US - interview

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. 

Wrigley launching Juicy Fruit gum in Russia

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.

Mondelez's bid for Hershey – 5 things to know 

4 Jul 2016

Hershey turned down a takeover approach from Mondelez International last week (30 June). At US$107 per share, the cash-and-shares offer valued the Reese's Pieces maker at approximately US$22.83bn. Here is just-food's summary of what you need to know about the deal. 

Mars and Alibaba launch global strategic partnership

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.

Mars expands Skittles production in US

13 Jun 2016

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

Mars to combine food, Wrigley sales units in Spain

19 Apr 2016

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

Mars takes Wrigley's Doublemint into mint category in UK

1 Apr 2016

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

Mars backs labels for added sugars in US

11 May 2015

Mars has announced its support for the amount of sugars added to foods on sale in the US to be included on nutrition labels.

Food industry news of the week: Blue Bell, horsemeat sentence, Schreiber

10 Apr 2015

US ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries this week expanded its product recall as it reacts to a listeria outbreak linked to three deaths. In Europe, Dutch horsemeat trader Willy Selten was sentenced to a jail term. And China has filed a dispute at the WTO over the EU's tariffs on poultry products.

Food industry quotes of the week: Wrigley, FrieslandCampina, Al-Rawabi

10 Apr 2015

This week, Wrigley confirmed it is building a new gum plant in Kenya to help expand in a number of African markets. US confectioner BBX Sweet Holdings announced the acquisition of local peer Kencraft Candy, while FrieslandCampina revealed plans to close its cheese packing plant in Lochem. We also interviewed the general manager of Al-Rawabi, Dr Ahmed El Tigani, who told us about the UAE dairy company's recent move into functional dairy. Here is the week in quotes.

Wrigley replaces plant in Kenya for Africa push

9 Apr 2015

Wrigley is building a new gum plant in Kenya, replacing a site near Nairobi, as the company bids to expand its presence in the wider continent.

Comment: Science, not Ashton, could get us chewing gum

8 Apr 2015

Wrigley dominates chewing gum - its market share in the UK for example is north of 80% - but in a bid to keep growing (and indeed freshen up slowing sales) here, the Mars-owned business has embarked on a series of initiatives. But could emphasising the link between sugar-free gum and oral health in a more direct way give a bigger boost to sales?

Food industry quotes of the week: Tacon, Hain, Arla

6 Feb 2015

This week, Tesco found itself in more deep water with the UK's grocery watchdog saying it suspects the UK supermarket has breached the code of practice governing dealings with suppliers. Elsewhere, Arla announced a joint venture in Australia which it hopes will multiply its business in the country significantly and Hain Celestial's CEO was upbeat about the US group's prospects.

Food industry news of the week: Tesco and GCA; Fonterra; Mars

6 Feb 2015

Tesco is to be the first UK retailer investigated for alleged breaches of the country's groceries code in the wake of its mis-statement of profits, it was announced this week. Elsewhere, a staff error led to Fonterra losing its licence to ship cheese to the US and Mars revealed it will close a chewing gum plant in Canada.

Mars to close Wrigley plant in Toronto

4 Feb 2015

Mars has announced it is to close its Wrigley gum factory in Toronto, a move which sees 383 jobs placed at risk.

Nonni's Foods names ex-Wrigley exec Hansberry CEO

27 Jan 2015

US-baked goods firm Nonni's Foods has announced the appointment of Brian Hansberry as CEO.

Wrigley re-brands Orbit lines as Extra

12 Dec 2014

Wrigley is to re-brand its Orbit gums in the UK and switch the products to its Extra brand.

PepsiCo's Lay's heads "billionaire food brands" list

12 Dec 2014

PepsiCo's Lay's snacks brand heads a list of the world's "billionaire food brands" compiled by industry analysts Euromonitor.

Food industry quotes of the week: BRF, United Biscuits, Raisio

21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

Wrigley moves to block Perfetti Van Melle "WTF" trademark

20 Nov 2014

Wrigley, the gum business owned by US confectioner Mars Inc., has moved to block rival Perfetti Van Melle's application to register "WTF" as a trademark in the US.

Why data is key to shopper satisfaction

27 Oct 2014

Ensuring product availability rates are as high as possible has never been as important, with growth in the grocery sector hard to come by. IRI's Mike Ray argues retailers' supply chain systems are not enough and better data analytics of store sales and promotions can benefit supplier and retailer.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

2 Jun 2014

US meats group Hillshire Brands has this week turned from hunter to hunted. With its offer for Pinnacle Foods on the table, the Jimmy Dean sausages maker is the subject of two takeover bids from JBS-backed Pilgrim's Pride and then Tyson Foods, looking to boost their meat empires with higher-margin products. Elsewhere, Sweden-based confectioner Cloetta snapped up Ireland's The Jelly Bean Factory, Nestle and Fonterra revamped their venture in South America and R&R Ice Cream bought Australia's Peters Food Group.

EUROPE: Wrigley rolling out stevia-based Extra Mints in Europe

29 May 2014

Wrigley, the gum unit of Mars, plans to roll out stevia-based Extra Professional Mints throughout Europe in 2014.

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