In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars' first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a "mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders" – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
2014 marks the eighth year of Mars, Incorporated's partnership with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Since 2010, Mars has hosted annual panel discussions bringing together perspectives from the full range of scientific disciplines present at Lindau. Mars also supports young researchers to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and collaborates with Nature Publishing Group to make the Lindau dialogue accessible to global scientific audiences.