Better Cities For Pets™ Annual Report Highlights Seven Pet-Friendly Trends

FRANKLIN, Tenn., November 5, 2019 – Today, Mars Petcare and its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program released its first Annual Report, demonstrating how pet ownership is shaping our communities. From housing and business policy to overarching economic health, pets are making a profound impact on our lives and thus the decisions to be more inclusive made by businesses, shelters and government. As part of the report, Mars Petcare has identified seven emerging trends in pet-friendly cities that are leading the way.

Farm Animal Welfare

Across Mars’ diverse portfolio of products, many of our recipes contain ingredients that come from animals – such as dairy in our chocolate, eggs in our cooking sauces, and meat and animal derivatives in our pet food.

Mars Accelerates Action to Tackle Climate Change With New #PledgeForPlanet Initiative

  • With the #PledgeForPlanet initiative, Mars announces fresh ambition to further cut emissions from its operations in line with the key aim of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius  
  • Mars calls for collective action, including encouraging its major suppliers to commit to science-based emissions targets 
  • Mars CEO Grant F.

UNCLE BEN’S® Partners with Innit to Become First Food Brand to use Google Lens, Revolutionizing How Consumers Engage with the Food Industry

September 12, 2019 – Mars Food’s UNCLE BEN’S® brand is partnering with Innit, a Connected Food platform, to launch a breakthrough AI-driven innovation that will forever change the way consumers engage with food. Starting today, UNCLE BEN’S is the first food brand to leverage Google Lens, Google’s visual search technology, to connect helpful digital information to physical products and unlock dinnertime solutions in-store and at home. 

Responsible Sourcing

Our Next Generation Supplier program is our enhanced approach to supplier sustainability. We use new tools and technologies and an innovative collaboration model to help suppliers deliver better results for people in their workplaces and for the planet we all share.

Mars Completes Majority Stake Acquisition In foodspring

 

McLean, Virginia / Berlin (September 3, 2019) – Mars, Incorporated today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of a significant majority stake in foodspring. 

On June 27, 2019, Mars announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire a significant majority stake in foodspring, the direct-to-consumer targeted nutrition company based in Berlin which offers products for consumers with needs around sports performance, healthy living and shape, as well as a leading nutrition and fitness platform.

Cage-Free Eggs

A Subsection of the Mars Animal Welfare Position

Since 2011, Mars uses 100% cage-free eggs for all human food products (e.g., confectionery, rice products and sauce) in Europe. In 2016, Mars further committed to using 100% cage-free eggs for all human food products in the US, Canada and Australia by 2020.

We are on track to meet this commitment in the US and Canada. However, due to challenges in the marketplace, we will achieve 100% cage-free eggs in Australia by 2025.

Mars Wrigley Names New President of Business Development

CHICAGO, IL (July 25, 2019) — Mars Wrigley announced today that Cathryn Sleight is appointed President of Business Development, effective August 5, 2019. In this role, Sleight will lead the segment’s Business Development team to pursue new global treating and snacking growth opportunities. She will report to Mars Wrigley Global President Andrew Clarke. Sleight replaces Keith Levy who departed the business in May.