Building on more than 15 years of Mars, Incorporated global leadership in the science investigating the health and biomedical potential of flavanols, Mars Botanical was established as a scientific division of Mars, Incorporated in 2007 to focus on research and product development involving flavanols, phytonutrients found in cocoa, tea, wine and certain fruits and vegetables. Mars Botanical’s mission is to improve human health by promoting and delivering the natural power of flavanols through passionate and caring entrepreneurship. We will continue to focus on industry leading research and product development involving flavanols, phytonutrients found in cocoa and certain fruitrs and vegetables.
Mars, Incorporated has published or supported more than 100 scientific publications on flavanol research and holds more than 80 patents resulting from work with institutions including Harvard University and the University of California, Davis. Our scientists have developed an improved way to harness the healthy compounds in cocoa called flavanols, found inside the cocoa bean. While traditional processing, like is commonly done in making chocolate, the most popular product from cocoa often destroys many of these beneficial phytonutrients, the Mars, Incorporated patented and proprietary process called Cocoapro™ helps retain the efficacy of the flavanols. Building off of years of manufacturing experience, Mars scientists have perfected this process to reduce the cocoa bean’s exposure to high temperatures, helping protect the flavanols inside. This process ensures delivery of cocoa extract and powder ingredients that are guaranteed to have consistently high levels of cocoa flavanols.
Up to now, we had been limited to delivering these compounds through “dark chocolate,” but now we’ve found a way to truly harness their health value and pack them into a patented extract, which has led to the development of a new, delicious, dietary supplement drink mix with a great cocoa taste: CocoaVia™. CocoaVia is a revolutionary way to help maintain healthy circulation*, which is essential to an active lifestyle. Helping blood (along with oxygen and nutrients) to flow where you need it, and when you need it, helps you perform your best—whether you’re working at the computer, working out at the gym, multi-tasking, or just getting through your day. Mars Botanical also offers these benefits in a fruit flavored cocoa extract that can be mixed with water and enjoyed on the go!
The Mars Botanical team is made up of experts in the field of cocoa research – from plant biologists to product developers – and as a family-owned business, Mars Botanical’s approach has always been hands-on and holistic. The company works closely with native cocoa farmers, pursuing the best ways to plant, cultivate and harvest their fruit – ultimately increasing the profitability and improving the quality of life for local communities. And, through our role in programs like the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP) in Southeast Asia, Mars is helping deliver a cocoa revitalization program that not only educates and supports cocoa farmers, but is also helping to plant millions of cocoa trees over the next few years in cocoa growing regions… enabling these communities to thrive. This is all part of Mars Incorporated’s global commitment to ensure our entire cocoa supply…from pod to product…is certified as sustainably sourced by 2020.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.