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 Mars said it remains committed to working with others to create a sustainable cocoa supply chain in-line with its Cocoa for Generations strategy. Pic: Mars Wrigley

Sustainability

Mars welcomes minimum price guarantee for cocoa farmers in West Africa

By Anthony Myers

Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, the world’s largest cocoa producers, have hiked up their minimum price guarantee given to farmers by 21% for the 2020-2021 growing season that starts in October, and has support of major chocolate companies including Mars Wrigley.

A cocoa farmer in Cote d'Ivoire  Pic: Mars

Coronavirus

Mars updates its ongoing COVID-19 Response Plan

By Anthony Myers

In April, Mars committed US$20m in cash and in-kind donations to support the people, pets, and communities most affected by COVID-19, including communities in cocoa-growing.

A still from the Extra Real Friend Request ad. Pic: Mars Wrigley

In brief

Mars’ Extra Gum ad highlights need for friendship during shutdown

By Anthony Myers

Extra gum has launched a new creative advertisement as part of its on-going ‘Give Extra, Get Extra’ campaign to inspire the value of relationships, even through a small gesture, especially during lockdown scenarios caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Mars Wrigley is one of the companies calling for due diligence in the cocoa sector to improve sustainability in the supply chain. Pic: Mars Wrigley

Regulation

EU due diligence laws for cocoa sector could be in force by 2022

By Anthony Myers

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest importer of cocoa and cocoa products, and the EU Commission is considering European-wide action to reduce the impact on several sustainability issues, primarily child labor and deforestation

M&M’s to open three experiential stores by 2021. Photo: MRG

M&M’s to expand, opening three experiential stores by 2021

By Jenny Eagle

Mars Retail Group (MRG) is expanding the M&M’s brand by opening three ‘experiential’ stores by 2021 including Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota and its first store in Berlin, Germany.

Galaxy’s range of vegan bars. Pic: Mars Wirgley UK

NPD

Mars launches its vegan Galaxy chocolate bars in UK

By Anthony Myers

Mars Wrigley UK is set to launch a vegan range of its popular Galaxy chocolate bars today (November 18) in select stores and online via Amazon, costing £3 ($3.89) for a 100g bar, double the price of the regular Galaxy.

Mars Wrigley has spotlighted its Cocoa & Women for Change program as part of the equality initiative. Pic: GettyImages

Sustainability

Mars Wrigley signs onto $1bn G7 plan to fight inequality

By Kristine Sherred

As one of 34 global companies in the coalition, the candy and pet food giant will advance its existing sustainability platform through a focus on healthy ecosystems and human rights.

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