History

In terms of value of products sold, Nestlé is the world’s largest milk company. Many people aren’t aware that our beginnings were based on milk products and that one of our first products was Milkmaid.

Nestlé merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in 1905 to become the global company it is today. The Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company started operations in 1866 when it opened the first European condensed milk factory in Switzerland, and started selling condensed milk under the Milkmaid brand. Condensed milk was considered a safe, long-life alternative to fresh milk at the time.

Nestlé’s first product in Sri Lanka in 1906 was also Milkmaid. Since then, for over 100 years, Milkmaid has been a household favourite in Sri Lanka and is synonymous with mouthwatering desserts today.

Meet the men who brought Milkmaid to the world

In 1916, Nestlé acquired Norwegian dairy company Egron, which had patented a spray-drying process for producing milk powder. We soon added this new product to our portfolio. We began manufacturing milk powder in Sri Lanka under the Nespray brand in the 1980s. Delicious and serving Sri Lankan families for generations, Nespray Everyday is fortified with iron, vitamin A and vitamin D to complement the goodness of milk and help address key micronutrient deficiencies.

Nespray Nutri-Up Ready-To-Drink (RTD) is the latest addition to the Nespray portfolio, fortified with vitamins A and D. The product provides 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamins A and D for children in each pack.

All three products – Milkmaid, Nespray Everyday and Nespray Nutri-Up – are manufactured at Nestlé's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kurunegala, using the goodness of local fresh milk collected from close to 20,000 dairy farmers every day.