Two sites in New Jersey will become the new headquarters of Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. by mid 2020, Mars Inc. announced in a release Tuesday.
A site in Newark, where the Mars was first launched more than 75 years ago at the dawn of World War Il, will employ some 500 workers. Existing offices and manufacturing space in Hackettstown, where the firm has operated since 1958, will have a headcount of about 1000. Mars said the move represents the company’s “return to its roots.”
“Mars is proud to have a strong legacy and future across both New Jersey and Illinois. Expanding in New Jersey will enable continued growth of our U.S. business. We are fully committed to working with all of our associates to support them through this transition,” said Berta de Pablos Barbier, president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., in a statement.
The global headquarters of Mars Wrigley’s confectionery unit will remain in Chicago, where Mars Foods’ headquarters is also located.
“Over the past year, we’ve been focused on creating Mars Wrigley Confectionery in the U.S. to better serve our customers, address consumer trends, and accelerate growth opportunities in the vibrant U.S. confectionery category,” said de Pablos Barbier. “Creating U.S. offices in New Jersey will allow us to keep driving growth, while also positioning us to retain and attract the future talent needed for our continued success.”
Mars launched the Mars Wrigley Confectionery unit in October 2016.