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Nestlé in Sri Lanka

Nestle Lanka history


Delivering a promise of 'Good Food, Good Life'


Nestlé is a Swiss Company in the food, beverage, nutrition and wellness business.

Nestlé’s history dates back to 1866, when the first European condensed milk factory was opened in Cham, Switzerland by the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. A year later, Nestlé’s founder Henri Nestlé, a German pharmacist, launched his Farine lactée – a combination of cow’s milk, wheat flour and sugar - in Vevey, Switzerland, saving the life of a neighbour’s child. Nutrition has been the cornerstone of our company ever since.

Following a two-decade long battle as fierce competitors, the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company merged with Nestlé in 1905 to form the leading nutrition, health and wellness company it is today.

Henri Nestlé, himself an immigrant from Germany, was instrumental in turning Nestlé towards international expansion from the very start. The company owes more than its name, logo and first infant-food product to its founder. Henri Nestlé embodied many of the key attitudes and values that form part and parcel of Nestlé’s corporate culture – pragmatism, flexibility, the willingness to learn, an open mind, and respect for other people and cultures.

Nestlé established its presence in Sri Lanka more than a century ago, commencing as a trading company in 1906 with condensed milk and infant-food products.

Reinforcing our roots in the island, we became a public-quoted company in 1983 and commenced commercial production in 1984.

Today, our local portfolio comprise the country’s best loved brands, where our state-of-the-art production facility in Kurunegala manufactures over 90 percent of our products sold in Sri Lanka, including Nestomalt, Milo, Milkmaid, Nespray and Maggi.

We are proud to be one of the leading Food and Beverage companies in Sri Lanka today, providing direct employment to almost 1,200 people and positively impacting the livelihoods of over 23,000 distributors, suppliers, farmers and their families.

Our corporate ambition is to be the recognised leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness – which is captured in the simple phrase 'Good Food, Good Life'. We strive to ensure that all our food and beverage brands, regardless of category or eating occasion, enhance our consumers lives by not only offering the best taste and pleasure but also the best nutritional profile in its category as part of a healthy diet.

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