Mars petcare chinese factory located 150 km from Beijing will supply Mars’ pet portfolio nationwide.

Mars is a company known for the confectionery items that it manufactures, such as Mars bars, Milky Way bars, M&M’s, Skittles, Snickers, Twix, and Bounty chocolate bars.

It also produces non-confectionery snacks, such as Ben’s Original, and pasta sauce brand Dolmio, as well as pet foods, such as Pedigree, Whiskas and Royal Canin brands.

Mars is ranked by Forbes as the fourth-largest privately held company in the United States.

In 2018, Mars Petcare bought out the Linnaeus Group of Veterinary practices which now puts it as one of the largest group of corporate owned vet practices in the UK.

Which vet practices does Mars Petcare now own?

We have all the top specialist practices in the UK now owned and managed by the same company that brought us Mars, Snickers, Whiskas, Royal Canin and Pedigree.

Which practices are they?

Linnaeus operates 59 primary care practices and 17 referral hospitals across the UK and Ireland, and in 2023, it invested almost £40 million in three of its multi-disciplinary hospital sites.

With the CMA investigation launching in 2024, Mars Petcare have had to contend with making many specilaist vets in the UK redundant as shown by this article.

In June 2024, they announced that they had invested nearly $138M/€126M in a 111,000-square-metre facility in the Tianjin plant, located 150 km from Beijing. It will supply Mars’ pet portfolio nationwide. to enhance domestic and global product demand.

This means that all the Royal Canin supplied to the UK will most likely be flown from China and that local intensive chinese factories that are known to have the worst welfare issues in the world, will be incorporated into these Royal Canin dog and cat food products.

Understandably, Mars Petcare would have funded the Prof Alex German Royal Canin University of Liverpool study which tried to undermine Prof Knight’s studies on vegan dog food diets as shown in this article.

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