US companies to consolidate investment ties with Kenya – says Whitman
The United States Companies operating in Kenya will work to consolidate trade and investment between the two nations on the back of existing trade agreement, said U.S Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman.
Whitman spoke when she toured Mars Wrigley, US-based company which manufactures chewing gum based in Athi River.
She recognized the strong and dynamic role that US companies like Mars play in driving trade, investment, and economic development in Kenya.
“It was a wonderful experience touring the Mars Wrigley factory and seeing the automation, quality control and strong capabilities of the teams working there. Our role is to help create an enabling environment for US companies operating in Kenya and to promote trade and investment between our two nations,” said Whitman.
Present during the tour was the company’s General Manager, Sub Saharan region Ismael Bello.
“We are always happy to showcase our work. We are particularly proud of the steps we are taking to be sustainable, including cutting energy and water usage at our LEED Gold Certified factory and partnering in a mutual way with local entrepreneurs in informal markets to solve the last-mile distribution challenge,” he said.
Mars Wrigley is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints, and fruity confections.
It is part of Mars, Incorporated, a US headquartered family-owned business with more than 120,000 associates in 80 countries around the world, including Kenya.
Mars’ global annual revenues have reached almost Ksh.5.4 trillion (USD 45 billion), making it one of the most successful consumer goods companies in the world.
The company has a rich heritage in Kenya spanning more than 50 years.