Good Food, Good Life is the very essence of Nestlé and this philosophy can be traced back to our beginnings.
The Nestlé Company was founded in 1867 by Henri Nestlé, who developed the first milk-based baby formula in order to save the life of a neighbour’s baby. His Farine Lactée formula went on to nourish many babies who were unable to feed from their mothers or unable to accept the usual substitutes. Since this beginning, nutrition has been the heart of the Nestlé business.
Today, over a century later, nutrition is more than ever the key to our Company’s future. While we remain true to the principles that inspired Henri Nestlé, we're also adapting to meet the changing needs of consumers.
As the world’s largest food and beverage company, we believe that every food has a role to play in achieving a balanced diet. This is why we produce and market a wide range of foods and beverages which satisfy many consumer needs – nutrient content, variety, pleasure and convenience – which all contribute to achieving a balanced diet and overall well-being. We continue to use our extensive scientific knowledge to develop new products to help consumers manage their health, well-being and body weight and to improve the nutritional profiles of existing products.
This extensive nutrition research is also the foundation of our understanding on how food nurtures people and helps them to live well. As a result, our business is about helping you achieve health and well-being throughout your life.
To bring you the best products each and every day, we employ around 280,000 people and have factories or operations in almost every country in the world. In spite of our global reach, what makes Nestlé special is that each of our national companies has the flexibility to make their own decisions – in order to best meet the needs of their own people and communities.
Each region can choose to sell the brands that satisfy their own consumers’ unique needs. And yet, as part of the larger organization, all benefit from access to global resources, decades of experience and our large chain of research and development centres.