About Mars

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. To learn more about our history click here.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. You can find out about our brands here.

Approximately 70,000 Associates worldwide are putting our Mars Principles in action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance. Learn more in our Principles in Action Summary.

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The Principles in Action Summary

Discover how we are making a difference to people and the planet through our performance and where we are still seeking the best way forward
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Our Business Segments

We have six business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.

The Five Principles of Mars - Our Principles in Action

The Five Principles of Mars

The Mars Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom are the foundation of our culture and our approach to business.
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Our History

Since the release of the Milky Way bar Mars, Incorporated has grown into a company of global scope.
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Global Leadership

Mars, Incorporated is governed by our board of directors, management team and global advisors.
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Where we operate

As one of the leading food manufacturers in the world, Mars has a significant international presence in more than 73 countries.

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