Mars stock­pil­ing foods as Brexit looms

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Cog­ley

FOOD gi­ant Mars will be­gin stock­pil­ing foods in both Ire­land and the UK as part of its con­tin­gency plans for a hard Brexit, the com­pany’s global food and drink pres­i­dent has said.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Ir­ish­woman Fiona Daw­son also ruled out mov­ing the com­pany’s pro­duc­tion out of the UK even if tar­iffs and bor­der checks were in­tro­duced.

“The good news is this has been com­ing for years now and ir­re­spec­tive of the deal we haven’t been wait­ing, we’ve con­tin­gency planned for a hard Brexit,” she said.

“We’ll ob­vi­ously look at in­creas­ing our stocks be­cause there will be a pe­riod of un- cer­tainty for peo­ple re­lat­ing to what­ever deal is put in place. We’ll be stock­pil­ing both in Ire­land and in the UK.”

Daw­son, who sits on the board of the Trin­ity Busi­ness School, also dis­missed sto­ries that the UK would “run out” of Mars bars shortly af­ter Bri­tain left the Euro­pean Union.

“It is al­ways very hum­bling when you see the Mars bar is still one of the great icons and peo­ple still use it as cur­rency, the price of a Mars bar,” she said. “We have plans in place to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply.” The Dubliner also said that she was pre­pared to make ac­qui­si­tions to com­pete in the healthy eat­ing space “if needed”.

Mars global food and drink pres­i­dent Fiona Daw­son says it has con­tin­gency plans in place for a hard Brexit

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