Mars center for study of pet food to be opened in the Ulyanovsk region in 2017

At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which took place on 1 June 2017, the Governor Sergey Morozov met with Denis Yarotskiy, the President of OOO "Mars". The parties discussed implementation of the ongoing project on construction of a research center in the territory of the region.

 “Mars was one of the first companies to appreciate the economic capacity of the Ulyanovsk region and the conditions, which we had created for investors. However, the most important thing for us is the trust of our partners, which they show when implement their new projects in the territory of our region. Establishment of the Mars research center, which is unique for Russia, is certainly a very important step in strengthening of the Ulyanovsk region's position as one of the leaders in formation of a comfortable investment climate”, – Sergey Morozov noted.

Mars has started implementation of the project on construction of a research center for study of pet food in the territory of the Ulyanovsk region in October 2014. The company invests about 800 million rubles in this project and will create over 30 new jobs. This hi-tech center will become the first project of this kind in Russia. This facility will provide support of scientific programmes and innovative developments on research of palatability of food for cats and dogs.

“Opening of the Mars center for studying of pet food in Ulyanovsk is an event of great significance for the company and veterinary community of our country. We are going to complete the project until the end of 2017”, - Valeriy Shchapov notes.

Over 10 years since the signing of the first investment agreement between Mars and the Government of the Ulyanovsk region, the company has invested 8 billion rubles, implemented 3 projects (a plant on production of pet food, a chocolate factory, a shop on production of packing for pet food plants) and created 600 jobs. Currently the investor is finishing construction of the center for study of pet food in the territory of the region.

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Mars, Incorporated is a family company that has existed for over a century. It manufactures such world-renowned brands as M&M'S®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ORBIT®, SKITTLES® and UNCLE BEN'S®. The headquarters is located in McLean, Virginia, the USA. The company's departments can be found in 78 countries of the world and 80 000 employees work there.

Mars is one of the largest manufacturers of pet food in Russia and the CIS countries. Since 1991, the company has invested over USD 2 billion in the Russian economy. In particular, 9 factories on production of pet food, chocolate, chewing gum and confectionery have been constructed and upgraded; it is planned to open the 10th factory in Rostov-on-Don in 2017. More than 7 thousand people work for the company in Russia and the CIS countries.