Nestle: 15 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know

Henri Nestle obtained a 15-year French patent for his logo in 1868. After he retired, it was registered in Vevey in 1875 by the new owners of his company. / Henri Nestlé obtained a 15-year French patent for his logo in 1868.
After he retired, it was registered in Vevey in 1875 by the new owners of his company.

Nestle is one of the most popular and ubiquitous brands in the world. However, despite the company’s continued presence in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you definitely (probably) didn’t know about Nestle. Check it out for yourself below!

Number Fifteen: Nestle Has More Than 2,000 Brands

The company is responsible for all sorts of popular brands. Some of these brands include Cheerios, Deer Park, and Haagen-Dazs.

Number Fourteen: The Company Employs Over 300,000 People

It’s true! There are currently approximately 335,000 employees for all of the Nestle brands.

Number Thirteen: It Operates in Nearly 200 Countries

The company has over 400 factories in 86 countries. Even more impressive, it has operations in 197 countries.

Number Twelve: It Sells More Powdered and Liquid Beverages Than Anything Else

The company sells products in many different categories, but it sells the most in the category of “Powdered and Liquid Beverages.” The next most popular product category is “Milk products and Ice Cream.”

Number Eleven: Most of Its Employees Live in Asia, Oceania, and Africa

In terms of the geographic breakdown of the company’s employees, it has the most in Asia, Oceania, and Africa. An impressive 39.1 percent of Nestle’s employees are based out of these three areas.

Number Ten: But Most of Its Factories Are in the Americas

While most of the company’s employees are in Asia, Oceania, and Africa, this isn’t true for its factories. The company has the most factories in the Americas – 163 of its 442.

Number Nine: The First Product it Sold Was Baby Food

Nestle was founded in 1866 as the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co. The very first product the company sold was Henri Nestle’s Infant Cereal, which it sold in 1867.

Number Eight: It’s Gone Through Many Name Changes

We already mentioned that the company was founded as the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co., but it’s gone through other name changes as well. Two of those names include Condensed Milk Co. and Nestle Alimentana S.A.

Number Seven: Its Global Headquarters Are in Switzerland

Nestle is a nearly ubiquitous brand, but most people don’t realize is that it keeps its global headquarters in Switzerland. The more you know!

Number Six: It’s the World’s Largest Food Company

Seriously! We already mentioned how many brands Nestle is associated with, but most people don’t realize that it’s the largest food company in the entire world when measuring by revenues.

Number Five: 29 of the Company’s Brands Have Annual Sales Over $1 Billion

Some of the brands that bring in the most money for Nestle include Nespresso, Kit Kat, Stouffer’s, and Nesquik. They all bring in more than CHF1 billion (CHF is the Swiss measure of currency), or more than $1.1 billion.

Number Four: It Has a Main Stake in L’Oreal

In fact, Nestle is one of the cosmetic company’s main shareholders. L’Oreal is the biggest cosmetics company in the world.

Number Three: World War I Helped Turn it Into the Success it Is Today

During World War I, there was a higher demand for dairy products as government contracts. As a result of this, the production at Nestle’s factories had more than doubled by the end of the war.

Number Two: Nescafe Used to Be a Drink for the U.S. Military

Nescafe, which is now one of the company’s most popular brands, was brand new at the beginning of World War II. During that time, it became one of the U.S. military’s staple drinks.

Number One: Nestle Is a Lifestyle

Nestle has products for every single facet of life – from infancy to adulthood, there’s not a single element of a person’s life that the company hasn’t touched. Their latest endeavor was in skincare in 2014, and who knows what the future holds for the world’s largest food company. Thanks for reading our list!