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Mars Belgium is based in two locations.
Since January 1st, 1997 Mars Belgium has its registered office in Sint-Stevens-Woluwe (Zaventem), near Brussels.
The UNCLE BEN’s® rice production unit which is located in Olen – in the province of Antwerp – is the only factory of its class outside the United States. The factory was built in 1977 and manufactures the UNCLE BEN’S® branded items. The factory is a distributor of the UNCLE BEN’s® rice to more than 35 countries. 94% of its production is destined for export, mainly within the European region.
Mars Belgium generated a turnover of € 288 million in 2013.
Mars Belgium employs over 315 employees, spread across the two sites that are located in the Brussels agglomeration and in Olen. The Belgian offices specialise in Chocolate, Food and Petcare.
Mars Belgium is part of Mars, Incorporated, a family owned company and one of the world’s leading branded manufacturers.
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.
Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.
Approximately 75,000 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.