Mars Foods Celebrates 40 Years in Greenville

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant visited Greenville yesterday to help a local icon celebrate its 40th anniversary in the Queen City. Mars Food North America marked the occasion with a ceremony for Associates and local dignitaries that also included Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons and Greenville Public School District Superintendent Dr. Janice Page. Opened in 1978, the Mars facility is the third largest employer in Greenville, with more than 180 full-time associates, and produces “Uncle Ben’s” dry rice and ready-to-heat rice pouches, and “Seeds of Change” ready-to-heat rice pouches. Over the years the company says they have invested nearly $200 million into the site, most recently investing $30+ million between 2014 and 2018 and creating 25 new jobs in its manufacturing and research and development operations. The Greenville operation covers 80 acres and includes more than 250,000 square feet of space while producing 100,000 tons of rice annually, making it the largest Mars Food factory in the world.


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