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In the 1860s Henri Nestle of Switzerland developed a food suitable for babies unable to breastfeed. The value of this product was soon recognised and it began to be sold across Europe. In 1905 Nestlé merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company and soon they were operating in the UK, Germany and Spain.
In the 1920s, after the wartime demand for condensed milk came to an end, Nestle expanded into chocolate. World War II was a great help for sales of Nestlé's newest product - Nescafe as it became the staple drink of the U S military.
During the 1960s and 70s Nestlé merged with, amongst others, Crosse & Blackwell and Findus and took a shareholding in L'Oreal. In the 1980s they acquired American food giant, Carnation.
Nestlé are now the world's biggest food and drinks company with sales of CHF 91 billion. Around a quarter of a million people are employed by Nestlé worldwide.
Nestlé Nutrition has three branches Infant, Healthcare and Performance and serves 70 different markets across the world.
Infant Nutrition baby food, infant cereals, Neslac Growing-Up milk.
Performance Nutrition PowerBar sports nutrition products to deliver energy and Pria products for women to provide calcium for the bones and soy protein for the muscles.
Healthcare Nutrition Nutren nutritional products for those with health concerns such as diabetes and ageing; Clinutren are nutritionally enriched food and drinks for those suffering from malnutrition; Peptamen peptide-based formulas for tube or oral feeding to promote digestion and absorption in patients with impaired gastrointestinal function and Modulen a protein feed to achieve remission in Crohn's disease.