MARS in Russia and the CIS

Basic facts

  • Beginning of activity: 1991

  • Four business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Food, and Wrigley

  • 7000+ Associates

  • Nine factories and 30 offices


  • Mars conducts activity in Russia and 12 contiguous markets of the CIS region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Entering the Russian market in the complex year of 1991, Mars, Incorporated nevertheless accurately evaluated the possibilities for development and invested many millions in the creation of its own production within the country. Already by 1995 the people of Russia tried the well-known MARS® bar, a product of the first chocolate factory in Stupino near Moscow.

Since then Mars, Incorporated has also invested more than one billion US dollars in the Russian economy. Today, Mars in Russia and the CIS operates nine factories in various Russian regions, and four lines of business in Russia and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) . More than 7000 Associates work for Mars, and more than 70000 work in sectors associated with the business of Mars. We purchase more than 80% of raw materials from Russian suppliers, providing orders to more than 200 Russian companies. 98% of the product that we sell is produced within the country, and we also provide our products for export to other regions, including the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

Developing business in Russia on a long-term basis and continuing to invest in the Russian economy Mars, Incorporated is extending its Russian production. In response to the growing demand for its production which is so loved by consumers, Mars in the summer of 2012 opened a new chocolate factory in the Ulyanovsk Region.

Key dates

1991 - Mars begins sales of food products, confectioneries, and pet food

1995 - Launch of the first chocolate factory to produce the MARS® bar at Stupino, near Moscow

1995 - At the first food production factory in Luzhniki, Moscow Region, production of cat and dog food begins

2002 - Launch of a second factory to produce pet food, in the Novosibirsk Region

2002 - Royal Canin becomes part of the Petcare segment of Mars

2004 - In Luhovitsy, Moscow Region, a food products factory begins operation

2008 - Wrigley becomes part of Mars, Incorporated as a business segment producing chewing gum and confectioneries. The Russian chocolate company Odintsovskaya Confectionery Plant, acquired by Wrigley in 2007 (which also owns the A. Korkunov® chocolate brand) is turned into a segment of Mars Chocolate

2009 - A third factory to produce pet food begins operation in the settlement of Mirny (Ulyanovsk Region)

2012 - Mars launches a second chocolate factory in the settlement of Cherdakly (Ulyanovsk Region)

Principles in Action

We have taken an obligation to achieve environmental stability in a generation (SIG). We have developed Plans to achieve environmental stability (Sustainability Roadmaps) for 2012-2015 for the production areas of our Petcare and Chocolate segments. We also have taken measures to improve the efficiency of our business. The overall use of water at the Russian production site of Mars at Stupino has decreased by 14% since 2007, demonstrating that we are certainly approaching our global target of attaining a 25% reduction in water use by 2015. We have been successful in reducing significantly waste, water use, and energy use at our production site for chewing gum and hard-coated candies in St. Petersburg. In the last two years, the volume of waste reprocessed at this site has doubled, reaching a total of 80%. Optimizing the packaging for chewing gum has assisted this significantly. Innovative solutions developed for cleaning syrup vats and centrifuge equipment have helped reduce water use by 2%, and developing a thermal regeneration system has made it possible to attain a reduction of energy use totaling 16,051 gigajoules.

Our new chocolate plant in the Ulyanovsk Region was designed and built in compliance with the most modern international environmental standards. We use the most advanced cleaning systems and purified reprocessed water for the purpose of minimizing the use of water resources, as well as the most modern and efficient technology, light diode equipment, and lighting equipment to reduce our energy consumption. We have active educational programs directed at increasing environmental awareness of Associates, and we conduct “Green” weeks, Earth Days, and Environmental Days, with the idea of forming inside the company a responsible and solicitous relationship to the environment. Associates participate as volunteers in events to improve environmental conditions on our sites. Our Associates have planted 2,500 trees with the goal of re-establishing pine forests destroyed in the fires of 2010 in the region around our food production plant in Luhovitsy (Moscow Region).

In regions where we conduct operations, we consider it especially important to assist the development of a healthy way of life, particularly among children. We provide schools with sports equipment, set up playgrounds, organize athletic events, conduct competitions and events for children for the purpose of developing in them a responsible relationship to pets.

In the opinion of the Amplua Insights Center for Analysis and Research, in 2011 the Russian division of Mars was in the top three companies that create the conditions for leadership development.

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