Sykes history stretches back to 1894, when Alfred Sykes set up a business in King St, New Plymouth in New Zealand. He first made cordials during summer and drenches and ointments during winter. As his business grew, he moved to Melbourne, Australia with his two sons to focus on expanding further into dairy.
As time moved on, John White, pharmacist and farmer, purchased Sykes from the Sykes family, and as part of a new family business set up new manufacturing facilities including the Sypharma business and purchased veterinary brands such as Potties, Rapidvite and Vetex with their own Australian History.
wsd western stock distributors
Western Stock Distributors are a company based in West Perth in the Australian state of Western Australia. Their main business areas are sheep and cattle dips and drenches, animal food supplements, pasture seeds.
Our Australian business began when we started selling the iconic MARS® bar here in 1954, followed by the launch of PAL® and WHISKAS® in 1965. We built our first factory in Wodonga, Victoria in 1966, and since then we have grown significantly, across the four segments of our business. Today, we have six manufacturing sites across Australia and New Zealand, and employ more than 2,000 Associates .
With a turnover exceeding $1 billion , we are one of Australia's leading consumer brands companies, supplying local and export customers with high quality Food, Petcare, Chocolate, Gum and Confectionery products.
Although most of our sales are in Australia and New Zealand, we export to more than 30 countries around the world.
Whether it's the simple pleasure of savouring the world's best-loved chocolate and confectionery, the warmth that a healthy and contented pet brings to your family, or the rewards that come from creating fantastic tastes in your own home, Mars is the company behind many of the enduring brands Australians and New Zealanders (or Pacific consumers) have come to know and trust.