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WORLD-CLASS SCIENTIFIC WORK AT MARS

RESEARCH BY EXPERTS AROUND THE GLOBE

Mars is a family-owned business, which gives us the freedom to pursue long-term fundamental research. Across all six of our business segments, our scientists are working to advance scientific understanding in food, health, agricultural and veterinary science.

Led by Chief Science Officer Harold Schmitz, our researchers are world-leading experts in their fields and are based in locations across the globe. We have our own labs and research facilities, such as the Global Food Safety Center (a research and knowledge-sharing institution in Huairou, China) and the Mars Center for Cocoa Science (a scientific hub in Bahia, Brazil for world-class work on cacao breeding, agroforestry systems and biodiverse environments). 

MUTUALITY IN SCIENCE

“Mutuality is the backbone of Mars’ science — we conduct research because it benefits us, the scientific community and, ultimately, society.” — Harold Schmitz

Mutuality defines our scientific research and motivates us to collaborate with other world-leading academic and industry scientists. It’s also why we are committed to sharing scientific knowledge.

When we sequenced the genome of the cacao tree in 2008, we released it into the public domain to enable plant scientists around the world to conduct further research to improve the crop. 

The African Orphan Crops Consortium that we set up also is going to make the genomes of 101 African food crops publically available so that scientists can breed nutritious plants that are resilient to climate change. 

In addition, our mutual approach is the reason why we support and partner with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The meetings are an internationally recognized forum for scientific exchange between Nobel laureates and leading young researchers from around the world. This partnership gives us the opportunity to contribute to scientific dialogue, encourage collaboration in the scientific community and stimulate conversation on the wider context of scientific research.

SEE WHAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON

FOOD SAFETY
Food safety affects us all: consumers, businesses and governments. At Mars, we also believe food safety is one of the fundamentals of "food security" — defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization as when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food.
Learn more about food safety at Mars. »

HEALTH & WELLNESS
Mars scientists conduct research in nutrition, genomics and genetics to explore the positive impact particular foods and agricultural practices could have on human health.
Explore our health and wellness research. »

ENVIRONMENT
Humanity already uses the equivalent of 1.5 planet earths to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. Faced with this unsustainable trend and the looming threat of climate change, Mars scientists want to be a part of the solution.
See our latest projects to help the planet. »

PETCARE
We have a fundamental Petcare research center in the U.K. that is recognized as one of the world’s leading scientific authorities in the field of pet nutrition and wellbeing.
Find out more about our Petcare research. »

SCIENCE IS A KEY INGREDIENT IN ALL THAT MARS DOES


Mars launched the Cacao Genome Project in 2008 with IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and shared the results of this work with the public to help the industry advance sustainable cocoa sourcing.