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 watch the video "Story of Mars".
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.
Mars Nordics is part of the global organization, employs over 200 associates and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mars Nordics unit get started in 2012 as Mars Finland merged with Mars Scandinavia.
Masterfoods Scandinavia was established already in 1962. The office for Norway was established in 1973. Forty years later in 2002 Mars Denmark and Mars Sweden merged their offices in Ørestad, Copenhagen and completed this action fully in 2006 as sales office in Stockholm closed. Mars Finland was established in 1980, known on those days as Master Foods Oy.
At our Nordic headquarters in Copenhagen we work with i.e. marketing, finance, logistics, HR, corporate affairs for whole Nordic area and sales for Denmark and Sweden. We have sales offices in Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland. Mars Nordics operates in three different categories: Chocolate, Petcare and Food.
Mars is a values driven company. Mars Five Principles serve as our compass for how we conduct ourselves and how we work at Mars. Associates put our Mars Principles into action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance. Mars Nordics makes a difference to People, Pets and the Planet and supports organizations for homeless people and pets, cocoa farmers in West Africa.