Mars Has Reduced Its Water Use with Almost 20%

Mars, Inc., one of the largest food producers in the world, has decreased its water use on a global level with 19.8%. The company is trying to eliminate the unsustainable water use in its operations, and it follows a concrete goal – 50% reduction by 2025. These activities are part of Mars’s large-scale Sustainable in a Generation Plan, aiming to tackle serious global problems, such as climate change, poverty, etc. In the next few years, the food producer is investing $1 billion to accelerate progress against these challenges.

Among the other impressive results, achieved within the plan last year, are reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the company with 3.5%, as using renewable energy and maximizing energy efficiency. Mars’s ultimate goal is to make its direct operations carbon neutral by 2040. The food producer has taken some very important steps in this direction, and its production sites in the USA, UK, Mexico and Belgium are now powered only by solar and wind energy sources.

А key highlight of the Sustainable in a Generation Plan is a special packaging program. Mars’s plan is to achieve 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable package by 2025. Another key priority for the food producer is to reduce its virgin plastic use by 25% again by the end of 2025. Within this plan, some of the most emblematic brands of the company will be launched with new packaging on particular markets in the next months – e.g. M&M’s in France and Uncle Ben’s in the UK. In addition, by the end of this year PVC will be totally removed from the products’ packaging.

“It is in the DNA of our company to make a responsible business that has a positive impact on the environment and the communities. We are happy with the results achieved by the Sustainable in a Generation Plan so far, but our ambition is to accomplish even more in the next years. Mars is continuing to make investments in the future generations as we believe that the role of large companies is to set good examples and to use their resources to make positive contribution to the world”, said Predrag Milincic, Market Director of Mars Balkan East.

The global food producer actively supported the fight against COVID-19 worldwide. The company invested USD 20 million for providing food and supplies for the ones that are most severely impacted by the pandemic. In Bulgaria, Mars donated more than 1 ton of food products to socially disadvantaged people and also supported the medical staff on frontline.

About Mars, Incorporated

For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This idea is at the center of who we have always been as a global, family-owned business. Today, Mars is transforming, innovating and evolving in ways that affirm our commitment to making a positive impact on the world around us.

Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food, and petcare products and services, we employ 125,000 dedicated Associates who are all moving in the same direction: forward. With $40 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including DOVE®, EXTRA®, M&M’s®, MILKY WAY®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, ORBIT®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, WHISKAS®, COCOAVIA®, and 5™; and take care of half of the world’s pets through our pet health services AniCura, Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, Pet Partners™, and VCA™.

We know we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate prosper as well. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive.