marks a great occasion, as the combination of Mars and Wrigley not only brings together two strong, international businesses with best-in-class global brands, but also creates one of the world’s leading confectionery companies.
There has always been mutual respect between Mars and Wrigley, and we are thrilled to be bringing the two companies together. Today Mars is pleased to welcome all Wrigley associates into the Mars family of businesses. Mars has now grown from approximately 50,000 to 65,000 associates worldwide, and from $22 billion to $28 billion in annual revenue.
Together, as one organization we are presented with a world of opportunity. I am confident that Mars and Wrigley will become stronger together through the cross-pollination of people, ideas and brands, and the enhancement of innovation, sales, marketing and distribution infrastructures around the world. In the future, all Wrigley and Mars associates will have the chance to work together to add value to our combined business. We are confident there are many opportunities to drive growth and innovation across the full range of confectionery categories.