Mars acquires whole-fruit snacking brand Trü Frü
By Food in Canada StaffBusiness Operations Confectionery Editor pick Mars Trü Frü
Trü Frü was founded in 2017 by its management team, CEO Brian Neville, president Taz Murray, and COO Brandon O’Brien. Trü Frü is headquartered in West Valley City, Utah, and has approximately 50 employees.
Andrew Clarke, global president, Mars Snacking, said, “We are thrilled to welcome one of the most innovative fruit-based snacks in the U.S. into the Mars family of brands. Trü Frü is a perfect complementary fit for our health & wellness portfolio and our capabilities will help the brand strengthen its operations, broaden distribution and accelerate growth. We want to be the preferred home for emerging and founder-led brands like Trü Frü. We are looking forward to working with the founders and the whole Trü Frü team to help them continue their long-term growth journey and bring the brand to even more people.”
Neville added, “We are delighted to be joining the Mars family of brands. Over the years, we have observed Mars’ success in building a global better-for-you snacking platform with both KIND and Nature’s Bakery. From the first moment we met the Mars team, we realized they were the right long-term partner for the company we had founded and invested so much of our time and energy in. They share our passion for healthier snacking, respect and admire the values that have made us successful, and have the capabilities we need to take our company to next level.”
With the addition of Trü Frü, Mars will be able to meet a growing range of dietary and taste preferences. It will operate as a separate business within Mars to maintain its entrepreneurial spirit and the authenticity of its brand and culture. The business will be led by Neville.
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