Nestle Logo – The Société des Produits Nestlé SA , known internationally as Nestlé , is, in 2005, the largest food processing company in the world. Headquartered in Vevey , Switzerland . The product range offered by Nestlé ranging from mineral water to animal feed, through products and milk chocolate. He has more than 200,000 workers worldwide.
The company was founded in 1866 by German immigrants in Switzerland Henri Nestlé , a pharmacist who had developed a food for infants unable to breast feed (or any of the usual substitutes the time). The value of the discovery made possible a rapid expansion in America and Europe, increased by the merger in 1905 with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company , which despite being a larger company adopted the name of the little that was already very famous.
In 1938, Nestlé developed its product Nescafé instant coffee is instant. The company suffered the beginnings of World War II , but the inclusion of Nescafe instant coffee in U.S. army rations greatly favored its spread. The end of the Second World War was the beginning of a dynamic phase for Nestlé. They acquired an accelerated growth with the acquisition of other companies. In 1947 the company merged with seasoning (soup broth) Maggi followed by Crosse & Blackwell in 1950 , as did Findus in ( 1963 ), Libby ( 1971 ) and diversification of Stouffer ( 1973 ). Bought shares of L’Oreal in 1974 . In 1977 , Nestlé made its second venture outside the food industry by acquiring AlconLabora .
In 1984 , improved finances allowed the company Nestlé launched a new round of acquisitions, the most important American food giant Carnation . The first half of the 90′s were still favorable for Nestlé: trade barriers fell and global markets negotiated free trade agreements. Since 1996 there have been more acquisitions: San Pellegrino ( 1997 ), Spillers Petfoods ( 1998 ) and Purina ( 2002 ). In April 2009, said its sales fell 2.1% in the first quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2008 as befell the strengthening of the Swiss franc and there was a drop in sales.
Brands are ranked by market and sorted by the amount of economic benefits (highest to lowest). Only include the most international. Nestlé has also taken an equity stake in L’Oréal , appear with the original name (usually English), for the same product often has different names in countries spread over them. Keep in mind also that in several countries have transnational brands by buying local companies that have only recognized there.