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Confectionery, food, beverage, health & nutrition, pet care products company. USUBC member 98.

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Washington, D.C.
Tue, Dec 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mars Ukraine has been approved for USUBC membership, according to the USUBC executive committee, in an announcement on behalf of the entire USUBC membership. Mars Ukraine is USUBC member ninety-eight. 

Mars, Incorporated is a family owned company, with six industry leading business units – Chocolate, Petcare, Food,  Drinks, Symbioscience and now Wrigley Gum and Sugar. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Mars, Incorporated operates in more than 79 countries.

With the addition of Wrigley, a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, lollipops, and chocolate, Mars has grown from approximately 50,000 to 65,000 associates worldwide and from $22 billion to $28 billion in annual

The combination of Mars and Wrigley brings together two strong, international businesses and creates one of the world’s leading confectionery companies. The portfolio spans a variety of categories such as confectionary items, main meals, side dishes, beverages, snack foods, frozen snacks, organic foods, pet foods, and now also includes Wrigley’s vast portfolio of gum brands and sugar items.

Founded in 1911, Mars manufactures and markets a variety of products under many of the world's most recognizable trademarks, including DOVE®, MILKY WAY®, M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, MARS®, UNCLE BEN'S® Rice, ROYAL CANIN®, PEDIGREE® and WHISKAS® pet care products, STARBURST®, SKITTLES®.


Denis has started his successful career with Mars back in 2001 as Marketing Manager. His last position before coming to Ukraine was the CIS Snackfood Marketing Director, member of Management Team, in Moscow. Denis started as General Manager of Mars Ukraine in March 2008 when his predecessor Robert John Woodcraft retired. Denis will represent Mars Ukraine on the USUBC board of directors.
Mars started operations in Ukraine 14 years ago. It was a representative office until year 2004 when full fledged business operations were established. Since that time Mars Ukraine has become one of the fastest growing FMCG companies in the country. Today Mars Ukraine is undisputed leader in both categories where it competes: Chocolate Bars and Pet Care. In Ukraine Mars is present with its global brands M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®.

Mars Ukraine plans to build a large pet food plant in Ukraine.  However various legislation issues in Ukraine have made it difficult for businesses to pursue these plans.


Mars, Incorporated (“Mars”) announced recently it has successfully completed its acquisition of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (“Wrigley”), following approval of the transaction by Wrigley stockholders on September 25, 2008 and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, lollipops, and chocolate. The company distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries.

Three of these brands – Wrigley's Spearmint®, Juicy Fruit®, and Altoids® – have heritages stretching back more than a century. Other well-loved brands include Doublemint®, Life Savers®, Big Red®, Boomer®, Pim Pom®, Winterfresh®, Extra®, Freedent®, Hubba Bubba®, Orbit®, Excel®, Creme Savers®, Eclipse®, Airwaves®, Solano®, Sugus®, P.K.®, Cool Air® and 5™.

For additional information about Mars please visit their website: www.mars.com

"USUBC is very pleased to have Mars Ukraine, as a new member" said Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer, who serves as president of USUBC.  "USUBC has grown very rapidly during the past 22 months and now has a membership base which allows USUBC to provide its members such as Mars Ukraine with a full-time operation and a significantly expanded program of work," according to president Williams.
Mars Ukraine is the 48th new member for 2008, and the 78th new member since January of 2007. USUBC membership has quadrupled in the past 24 months, going from 22 members in January of 2007 to 98 members in December of 2008. Membership is expected to top 100 this year.
The new USUBC members in 2008 include MaxWell USA, Baker and McKenzie law firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Dipol Chemical International, MJA Asset Management, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, DLA Piper law firm, EPAM Systems, DHL International Ukraine, Air Tractor, Inc., Magisters law firm, Ernst & Young, Umbra LLC., US PolyTech LLC, Vision TV LLC, Crumpton Group, Standard Chartered Bank, TNK-BP Commerce LLC, Rakotis, American Councils for International Education, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, International Commerce Corporation, and IMTC-MEI.
Additional new USUBC members in 2008 are: Nationwide Equipment Company, First International Resources, the Doheny Global Group, Foyil Securities, KPMG, Asters law firm, Solid Team LLC, R & J Trading International, Vasil Kisil & Partners law firm, AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines, Anemone Green Capital Limited, ContourGlobal, Winner Imports LLC (Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Porsche), 3M, Edelman, CEC Government Relations RZB Finance LLC (Raiffeisen), IBM Ukraine, SoftServe Inc., The Washington Group (TWG), SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc., AnaCom, Inc., Pratt & Whitney - Paton and
Mars Ukraine.
The complete USUBC membership list and additional information about USUBC can be found at: http://www.usubc.org.

Ninety-Eight Members, December, 2008
Membership in January of 2007 was 22.
LINK: http://www.usubc.org/members.php

1.    3M Company
2.    AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines
3.    AES Corporation
4.    Air Tractor, Inc.
6.    American Continental Group
7.    American Councils for International Education
8.    AnaCom, Inc.
9.    Anemone Green Capital Limited
10.  Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
11.  Asters law firm
12.  Atlantic Group
13.  Baker & McKenzie law firm
14.  The Boeing Company
15.  Bracewell & Giuliani LLP law firm
16.  Bunge North America
17.  Cardinal Resources
18.  Cargill
19.  Case New Holland
20.  CEC Government Relations
21.  Chadbourne & Parke LLP law firm
22.  Cisco Systems, Inc.
23.  The Coca-Cola Company
24.  ContourGlobal Ukraine
25.  Crumpton Group
26.  Deere & Company
27.  DHL International Ukraine
28.  Dipol Chemical International Inc.
29.  DLA Piper LLC law firm
30.  Doheny Global Group
31.  ECdata, Inc.
32.  Edelman
33.  EPAM Systems
34.  Ernst & Young
35.  The Eurasia Foundation
36.  First International Resources
37.  Foyil Securities
38.  General Dynamics
39.  Halliburton
40.  Heller & Rosenblatt law firm
41.  Holtec International
42.  Horizon Capital Advisors, LLC-Emerging Europe Growth Funds
43.  IBM Ukraine
45.  Intercontinental Commerce Corporation (ICC)
46.  International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC)
47.  Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson
           International Center for Scholars
48.  KPMG-Ukraine
49.  Kraft Foods Ukraina
50.  Kyiv Atlantic Group of Companies
51.  Lockheed Martin
52.  Magisters law firm
53.  Marathon Oil Corporation
54.  Marks, Sokolov & Burd, LLC law firm
55.  Mars Ukraine
56.  MaxWell USA
57.  MJA Asset Management LLC
58.  Nationwide Equipment Company
59.  Northrop Grumman
60.  Och-Ziff Capital Management Group
61.  Open World Leadership Center,
           U.S. Library of Congress
62.  The PBN Company
63.  Pratt & Whitney - Paton
64.  Procter & Gamble (P&G)
65.  R & J Trading International Inc.
66.  Rakotis LLC
67.  RULG - Ukrainian Legal Group, PA law firm
68.  RZB Finance LLC (Raiffeisen)
69.  Salans law firm
70.  SE Raelin/Cajo, Inc.
71.  Sweet Analysis Services, Inc. (SASI)
72.  Shell Oil Company
73.  SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Management Group
74.  Siguler Guff & Co, LLC
75.  Softline Company
76.  SoftServe Inc.
77.  Solid Team LLC
78.  Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP law firm
79.  Standard Chartered Bank
80.  TD International, LLC
81.  The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine
82.  The U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF)
83.  The Washington Group (TWG)
84.  TNK-BP Commerce LLC
85.  U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF)
86.  Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA)
87.  Ukrainian-American Environmental Association (UAEA)
88.  Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA)
89.  Ukrainian Development Company (UDC)
90.  Umbra, LLC
91.  US Poly-Tech LLC
92.  UPS International Ukraine
93.  Vanco Energy Company
94.  Vasil Kisil & Partners law firm
95.  Vision TV LLC
96.  Westinghouse
97.  Winner Imports Ukraine (Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Porsche)
98.  WJ Agricultural Group
Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Washington, D.C.
Andy Bihun, President
Global Trade Development, Inc.
Director, Business Development Forum
The Washington Group
Washington, D.C.
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow
Allison Center for International Studies,
Davis Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation
Washington, D.C.
Keith Crane, Senior Economist
Rand Corporation
Washington, D.C.
Leonid Kozachenko, President
Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Steven Pifer, Visiting Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor, Russia & Eurasia Program, CSIS
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
Washington, D.C.
Dr. Edilberto Segura, Partner, Chief Economist
SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group
Chair of the Advisory Board of The Bleyzer Foundation
Kyiv, Ukraine
Keith Smith, Senior Associate
Europe Program, CSIS
Former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania
Washington, D.C.
For 2008
Paula Freer, Marathon
Michael Kirst, Westinghouse
Paul Nathanson, The PBN Company
Irina Paliashvili, Ukrainian Legal Group
Andrew Pidgirsky, Ukrainian American Bar Association
Mara Sovey, Deere & Co.
Samir Sahgal, The Boeing Company
       USUBC Treasurer
Patrick Sweet, Analysis Services, Inc. (SASI)
Arnold Wellman, UPS
Morgan Williams, SigmaBleyzer,
      USUBC Chairman Ex. Comm. & President
Van Yeutter, Cargill
Jack Heller, & Rosenblatt,
      USUBC Legal Counsel