Earlier today, Quaker Oats announced that they will be re-branding the Aunt Jemima line of syrup, pancake mix, etc.
Now, Mars Inc. says it will be following suit, announcing that the Uncle Ben’s Rice brand will be “evolving.”
In a statement posted to the company website, they said, “As a global brand, we know we have a responsibility to take a stand in helping to put an end to racial bias and injustices. As we listen to the voices of consumers, especially in the Black community, and to the voices of our Associates worldwide, we recognize that now is the right time to evolve the Uncle Ben’s brand, including its visual brand identity, which we will do. We don’t yet know what the exact changes or timing will be, but we are evaluating all possibilities.”
“Racism has no place in society. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, our Associates and our partners in the fight for social justice. We know to make the systemic change needed, it’s going to take a collective effort from all of us – individuals, communities and organizations of all sizes around the world.”