Mars Pet Inc. / Corporate Member Profile

Mars has been proudly family owned for over 100 years. It’s this independence that gives us the gift of freedom to think in generations, not quarters, so we can invest in the long-term future of our business, our people and the planet — all guided by our enduring Principles.

Mars, Incorporated is an American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, with US$33 billion in annual sales in 2015. It was ranked as the 6th largest privately held company in the United States by Forbes. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, United States,the company is entirely owned by the Mars family. Mars operates in five business segments around the world: Mars Wrigley Confectionery (headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with US headquarters in Hackettstown and Newark, New Jersey),[10] Petcare (Zaventem, Belgium; Poncitlán and Jalisco, Mexico; Querétaro, Mexico), Food (Rancho Dominguez, California), Drinks (West Chester, Pennsylvania), and Symbioscience (Germantown, Maryland), the company’s life sciences division.

We believe in creating A Better World for Pets™

It’s undeniable: Pets truly make the world a better place. That’s why we’re inspired to live our Purpose: A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome.

Our 85,000 Petcare Associates spend their days (and occasionally nights!) thinking about the pets of the world and how to improve their lives. This involves everything from their nutrition — through foods like PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS® and ROYAL CANIN® — to high-quality medical care provided by BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, BLUEPEARL®, VCA®, Linnaeus and AniCura. The WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute is also driving the innovations we need to improve pet health through nutrition, data and veterinary care, and Kinship is pioneering new ways of bringing pets and pet parents closer together through transformational technologies, analytics and partnerships with consumer businesses like Whistle and Wisdom Health. We take action to achieve our Purpose every day, whether it’s working to end pet homelessness, collaborating with governments and non-profits to make Better Cities for Pets, alleviating student debt for veterinarians or advocating responsible pet ownership.


Corporate logo used since March 2019

Type Private
Founded 1911; 110 years ago

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Founder Franklin Clarence Mars
Headquarters 6885 Elm Street

McLean, Virginia, United States[1]

Area served Worldwide
Key people Victoria B. Mars (Former Chairman)

Grant F. Reid

(President and CEO)

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Services Candy manufacture
Revenue 11px-Steady2.svg.png US$35 billion (2017)[2][3]
Owner Mars family
Number of employees 130,000 (2020)[4]