Mars stockpiling foods as Brexit looms
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