Mars Foods is a US based company that deals in pet food, confectionary and other food products across the globe. Forbes has ranked it among the top 10 biggest privately held
companies in the country. Headquartered in 6885 Elm Street, McLean, Virginia, Mars Foods is completely owned and operated by the Mars family. Founded by Franklin Clarence Mars in 1911, the company is over 100 years old, and has a reputation of manufacturing and delivering high quality food products to different consumer groups.
At present, Victoria B. Mars is serving as the Chairman of the company, and Grant F. Reid is its CEO and President.
Founding of Mars Foods
Franklin’s mother used to teach him at home, as he was polio ridden and could not go to school. While working in the kitchen, she taught her son to hand dip candies. By the time he was 19 years old, he started selling candies. He started Mars Candy Factory in the year 1911 to produce fresh candies, but the venture could not succeed. In 1920, he moved to Minnesota and founded Mar-O-Bar Co., which later became Mars Incorporated. In 1923, his son, Forrest Mars, Sr., started producing Milky Way bar, which became the best selling candy bar in the country. In 1930, the company was moved to Chicago where it is still there. After a number of launches and experiments, Mars Foods has now become one of the biggest family businesses in the country.
Mars Pet Food
Mars Foods is a major producer of pet foods through their Whiskas and Pedigree brands. In 2007, Mars bought Doane Petcare Company, after which it became one of the major dry pet food manufacturers in the US. In Australia, the company established a site in Wodonga in 1967 with an aim to manufacture wet pet food. In 1980s, it established a site in Bathurst for the manufacturing of dry pet food, and it manufactures birdcare products through its site in Brisbane, Queensland. Some of the major products by Mars Foods for pet consumption include Pedigree, Whiskas, Spillers, Nutro Products, Kit-e-Kat, Dreamies, Exelpet and Schmackos.
Mars Food Stores
Mars Foods is operational across the globe in six major segments. It has business segments for chocolates in Hackettstown in New Jersey, for petcare in Belgium, Mexico, Poncitlan and Brussels, for food in Rancho Dominguez in California, drinks in West Chester in Pennsylvania and for symbioscience in Germantown in Maryland.
There are food stores across the globe where you can find Mars products with ease. There are specialty stores as well that are dedicated to keeping Mars food products only.
Indian Food Del Mar
Mars, Snickers and Galaxy chocolate bars, Orbit gum and Pedigree pet food are perhaps the most popular Mars Foods products in India. Considering the high popularity and demand of these products, Mars Foods is planning to establish a factory in Indian that would produce Galaxy and Snickers. India is a fast growing economy of the world, and it is the major target market for Mars Foods and many other companies.
Food Delivery Del Mar
Mars Foods delivers its products in different parts of the world, including Australia, India, US, UK, Netherlands, Pennsylvania, Europe and others. In some countries, it has established its own factories to ease out and speed up production and delivery.
Mars Dog Food Brands
Mars Foods operates two major brands for the production of dog food, which are Whiskas and Pedigree. They claim that their dog food is very healthy for the dogs, and claim that positive effects will be observed within 6 weeks of starting the consumption.
In addition to delivering good quality food products, Mars Foods is also one of the best companies to work in for its employees. It gives generous donations, and also operates The Pet Hospital for pet care.