Mars Mexico

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Key Facts

  • Launched in 1991

  • Three business segments: Chocolate, Petcare and Wrigley

  • More than 2,000 Associates

  • Five factories and five offices


Mars in Mexico

Mars began operating in Mexico in 1991. We established our first factory in the Municipality of El Marqués, Querétaro, in 1995, which has become one of the largest and most efficient Mars plants worldwide. In 2001, we acquired the LUCAS® brand, expanding our confectionery portfolio and taking over its Monterrey production site.

Along with our Querétaro and Monterrey plants, we now have dry and wet pet food factories in Poncitlán in Jalisco province and a chocolate factory in Montemorelos in Nuevo León.

Mars Mexico is comprised of three business segments that lead their respective markets: Chocolate, Petcare and Wrigley. Our brands include PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, M&M'S®, LUCAS®, SKWINKLES®, ORBIT® and LIFE SAVERS®. We employ more than 2,000 Associates, and create approximately 12,000 jobs indirectly in our supply chain.

Principles in Action

Mars Mexico participates in projects to help transform families' lives. For example, through our partnership with Mitz, a nonprofit organization, we donate our waste packaging materials to artisans who use traditional techniques to weave them into bags and accessories. Our Associates also support the artisans by sharing business knowledge and helping to improve their business strategies and profitability. The products are sold in M&M'S® World Stores and online, providing artisans with a steady source of income. See the case study for more details.

More than six million people in Mexico have a disability. In 2011, two Associates led training and awareness initiatives to encourage greater inclusion of people of all abilities at Wrigley’s operations in the country. In 2010, Wrigley Associates launched a volunteering program focused on raising funds to support victims of natural disasters and for welfare initiatives such as orphanages and nursing homes. Between 2010 and 2011, Wrigley has raised more than US$60,000 in monetary and in-kind donations.

Wrigley has launched two significant initiatives to support Associates in Mexico. The first helps working parents achieve a work-life balance by offering a professional day care service for their children. The second is a diversity and inclusion program to support people with disabilities. Internally we launched an awareness campaign focused on informative sessions, training workshops and internal communication; and externally we are working to attract people with disabilities for both operative and administrative roles. Our target is to increase the number of Associates with disabilities to five percent of our headcount.

Mars Petcare Mexico is committed to ensuring all dogs in Mexico have a home with a responsible owner. In less than four years, the PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive has made this a reality for more than 15,000 dogs.

For the fourth consecutive year, Mars Mexico ranked 10th in a list of Best Places to Work in Mexico, run by Top Companies and Expansion magazine.

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