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Using Digital Tools to Move a Candy Company Into the Future - The New York Times
As told to Patricia R. Olsen
Sept. 21, 2018

explore the ways in which we can take advantage of new technologies and tools, such as artificial intelligence; how we should experiment; and whether we are even looking at the right problems. Mars is based in McLean, Va.,...... Part of my work involves prototyping, such as growing peanut plants in a fish tank using digital automation — without human intervention. To do this, I worked with a few colleagues in Mount Olive, N.J., a unit that I’m part of, though I don’t work there all the time. We implemented an automated watering and fertilizing schedule to see how the plants would grow.

We don’t only produce candy. We also offer pet care expertise and produce pet food and human food, like Uncle Ben’s Rice. With the peanut plants, we wanted to see if we could learn anything for partnering with our farmers, everything from how we might use technology to how a team comes together and tries different ideas.
career_paths  digital_strategies  Mars  women  CPG  confectionery_industry  artificial_intelligence  experimentation  howto  pets  problem_framing  problem_definition  prototyping  future  automation  human_intervention  worthwhile_problems 
september 2018 by jerryking
Toronto’s tech startup scene in a ‘blossom state’ - The Globe and Mail
TORONTO — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
Freshbooks  Toronto  MaRS  fin-tech  start_ups 
february 2016 by jerryking
Ontario Tender Fruit Lab
October- December 2014

Found by Googling "challenges import exotic fresh produce ontario"
Ontario  fruits  fresh_produce  branding  organic  agribusiness  agriculture  farming  retailers  supermarkets  grocery  MaRS  sustainability  challenges  problems  solutions  farmland  local 
august 2015 by jerryking
MaRS tower struggles to find bioscience tenants | Toronto Star
By: Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau, Published on Mon Nov 17 2014
MaRS  white_elephants 
november 2014 by jerryking
Is there life in MaRS? Dubious - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 16 2014
MaRS  Konrad_Yakabuski  Ontario  Liberals  Vivek_Wadhwa 
october 2014 by jerryking
Ontario to pay $308-million for MaRS real-estate bailout - The Globe and Mail
Toronto — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 23 2014,
bailouts  MaRS  real_estate  Ontario 
september 2014 by jerryking
Can I build a company on open data?
September 27, 2013 | MaRS Data Catalyst | By Joe Greenwood.
MaRS  open_data  start_ups  analytics  entrepreneurship  presentations 
december 2013 by jerryking
About Data Catalyst - MaRS Data Catalyst
Helen Kula, Manager, Data Product
Adam Jacobs, Data Analyst
Sameer Vasta, Manager, Public Affairs
MaRS  open_data  entrepreneurship  Ontario  Toronto 
december 2013 by jerryking
The search for dark secrets -
November 28, 2005 | Financial Times | By Jeremy Grant

With the premium end of the US chocolate market growing at an annual compound rate of 15 per cent compared with 3 to 4 per cent for standard chocolate, Mars believes there is scope to sell high-quality chocolates in a café setting to a target group of relatively affluent people aged from 25 to 39.

Focus group work, and the number of young mothers visiting the Chicago stores with prams and strollers, tells Mars that most will be women. It is perhaps no coincidence that the name Ethel – that of the wife of Mars company founder and inventor of the Milky Way, Frank Mars – was chosen.
CAGR  cafés  chocolate  confectionery_industry  CPG  experimentation  gourmands  gourmet  high-end  high-growth  high-quality  market_research  Mars  niches  retailers  Starbucks  upscale  women 
july 2012 by jerryking
MaRS to launch Centre for Impact Investing -
Sep. 28, 2011|The Globe and Mail|Tara Perkins

The Centre for Impact Investing that is being announced Thursday in Toronto will be launched with $1.3-million of financing from the Rockefeller Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

The total Canadian impact-investing market is currently $2-billion, according to MaRS, but is expected to grow to $30-billion in 10 years. Proponents, such as the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, say governments must make a number of regulatory changes and buy into the concept before it can take off.
Tara_Perkins  impact_investing  MaRS  social_impact 
september 2011 by jerryking
Start-Up U | U of T Culture of Innovation, Commercialization of Research in Toronto
Autumn 2010 | University of Toronto Magazine | By David Naylor. U of T is helping to create a culture of innovation
By David Naylor
start_ups  uToronto  MaRS  commercialization  innovation  entrepreneurship  interdisciplinary  incubators  David_Naylor 
november 2010 by jerryking

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