MASTERFOODS make major commitment to Mariners

CENTRAL Coast are pleased to confirm long-term major partner Mars Food Australia have increased their support of the Club by becoming the Mariners’ front of shirt sponsor with their MASTERFOODS brand for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season.

Midfield maestro Tomas Rogic (second from right) models the new Mariners MASTERFOODS kit alongside the "Big 3" - Shinji Ono, Emile Heskey, and Alessandro Del Piero

CENTRAL Coast are pleased to confirm long-term major partner Mars Food Australia have increased their support of the Club by becoming the Mariners- front of shirt sponsor with their MASTERFOODS brand for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season.

Mars Food Australia pledged their support to the Central Coast Mariners for the very first Hyundai A-League season and have been an integral and valued sponsor of the Club since.

Directly employing over 300 local Central Coast people in a variety of roles, Mars Food-s state of the art factory is based just kilometres from the Mariners- training and administrative headquarters in Tuggerah, NSW.

Today, Mars Food Australia offers over 500 products to the Australian public in categories as diverse as mustards, marinades, relishes, sauces, herbs and spices, pasta and stir-fry sauces and rice, through the brands of MASTERFOODS, DOLMIO, KANTONG and UNCLE BEN'S.

The company also enjoys significant success in the international market, exporting its Australian made goods to New Zealand and throughout Asia Pacific.

Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, said Mars Food Australia-s decision to increase their sponsorship leading into the most anticipated Hyundai A-League season on record represents a major coup for the Club.

“Mars Food Australia through their MASTERFOODS brand have been a principal major sponsor of the Central Coast Mariners since the Club-s foundation,” Mr Turnbull said.

“We are understandably delighted and proud to have a local, recognisable and well-established company on the front of our kits for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season.”

“We are coming off arguably our most successful season in history, and with the A-League currently experiencing unprecedented exposure and appeal, we envisage being able to achieve strong exposure for the MASTERFOODS brand this season.”

Mars Food Australia-s Chief Financial Officer, Mr Andrew Poll, said the Mariners- unique culture and commitment to the community ensures the two organisations are a strong fit.

“Mars Food Australia is a family owned business based on the Central Coast and we are passionate about helping Australians eat great tasting food that is good for them,” Mr Poll said.

“We believe in the wellbeing benefits of bringing families and friends together to share a great meal - or in this case to watch the Mariners play great football at Central Coast Stadium.”

“When the Mariners first began, we saw a strong connection between our principles and the Clubs values and have supported them ever since. We look forward to another successful year on the field and wish ‘Arnie- (Graham Arnold) and the boys all the best for the upcoming 2012/13 season,” he said.

Central Coast Mariners will wear their new MASTERFOODS sponsored kits for the first time this Saturday 6 October at Parramatta Stadium when they take on Western Sydney Wanderers in Hyundai A-League round 1. Kick-off is 7:45pm.