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History of Milkmaid and Nespray

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. Nespray Everyday is enriched with iron, vitamin A and vitamin D** to complement the benefits of milk.


Our Ready-To-Drink (RTD) range includes Nespray Nutri-Up, offering the wholesome goodness of local fresh milk, enriched with vitamins A and D***.


**100g of Nespray Everyday contain 19.5mg of iron, 667μg of vitamin A and 13.3μg of vitamin D
***100ml of Nespray Nutri-Up contain 200μg of vitamin A and 3.3μg of vitamin D