US confectionery giant Mars has announced that purple is the newest colour to join its range of M&M candy sweets. Millions of voters in more than 200 countries made the selection from a choice of purple, pink or aqua, casting their vote via phone, mail and through the Internet. After months of sampling the chocolates in specially marked bags, the voters chose purple with 41% of the vote. Aqua garnered a respectable 37% while pink managed a meagre 19%.