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MARS INCCompany logo

United States of America (US)

OpenCorporation rating: 15.54 on 100

Ranking 2018: 924 on 602 companies

Primary and secondary NACE classification:
• Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery (1082)
• Retail sale of bread, cakes, flour confectionery and sugar confectionery in specialised stores (4724)

Company description

This company, with headquarters in McLean, Virginia, United States, is one of the largest 'small family businesses' in the world. The company is engaged in the manufacture of confectionery, pet food and other food products in the world. The company was founded in 1911 when Frank Mars and his wife Ethel started making and selling a variety of butter-cream candies from the spotless kitchen of their home in Tacoma Washington.The company operates in three core businesses, which include snackfood, petcare and main meal food - under the Masterfoods name in most parts of the world. The company's combined core businesses are run on a regional basis in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia/New Zealand.Its snackfood brands are among the world's best-loved and most widely available confectionery products, with M&M'S, MARS, MILKY WAY, SNICKERS and TWIX among others. The company also provides pet care products, snacks, treats and complete diets for cats, dogs, cage birds, aquarium fish and horses. Its brands include PEDIGREE, CESAR, WHISKAS, SHEBA, KITEKAT, TRILL, AQUARIAN and WINERGY.

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Latest news about mars inc

11 September 2021 - 07:52

Mars releases progress update on its ‘Responsible Cocoa Specification’

As part of its Cocoa for Generations strategy that was launched three years ago, confectionery giant Mars has released a latest update on its sustainability efforts in West Africa.

24 February 2021 - 18:01

Mars, Nestlè and Hershey to face child slavery lawsuit in US

Chocolate companies are among the defendants named in a lawsuit brought by former child workers in Ivory Coast

20 February 2020 - 12:00

MARS and CARE: supporting women empowerment

Building on the success of MARS and CARE’s joint Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) initiative, MARS invests a further US$10mn. 

Established in 1991, the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) initiative has been driving economic empowerment across the world for more than 25 years.

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