Key dates

   
1866
Foundation of Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co.
1867
Henri Nestlé's Infant cereal developed
1905
Nestlé and Anglo Swiss Condensed Milk Co. (new name after merger)
1929
Merger with Peter, Cailler, Kohler Chocolats Suisses S.A.
1934
Launch of Milo
1938
Launch of Nescafé
1947
Nestlé Alimentana S.A. (new name after merger with Maggi)
1948
Launch of Nestea and Nesquik
1969
Vittel (initially equity interest only)
1971
Merger with Ursina-Franck
1973
Stouffer's (with Lean Cuisine)
1974
L'Oréal (associate)
1977
Nestlé S.A. (new company name)

Alcon (disposed in August 2010)
1981
Galderma (joint venture with L'Oréal - full acquisition announced for 2014)
1985
Carnation (with Coffee-mate and Friskies)
1986
Creation of Nestlé Nespresso S.A. and Herta 
1988
Buitoni-Perugina, Rowntree (with KitKat)
1990
Cereal Partners Worldwide (joint venture with General Mills)
1991
Beverage Partners Worldwide (joint venture with Coca-Cola)
1992
Perrier (with Poland Spring)
1993
Creation of Nestlé Sources Internationales (2002: Nestlé Waters)
1997
Creation of Nutrition Strategic Business Division (2006: Nestlé Nutrition)
1998
San Pellegrino and Spillers Petfoods

Launch of Nestlé Pure Life
2000
PowerBar (disposal announced for 2014)
2001
Ralston Purina
2002
Schöller, Chef America

Dairy Partners Americas (joint venture with Fonterra)

Laboratoires innéov (joint venture with L'Oréal)
2003
Mövenpick and Dreyer's
2005
Wagner
2006
Creation of FoodServices Strategic Business Division (2009: Nestlé Professional)

Lactalis Nestlé Produits Frais (associate)

Jenny Craig (disposed in 2013), Uncle Tobys, Delta Ice Cream
2007
Novartis Medical Nutrition, Gerber, Henniez
2008
Ruzanna
2010
Kraft Food's frozen pizza, Waggin'Train, Malher, Technocom, Vitaflo
2011
Creation of Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Yinlu, Hsu Fu Chi (partnerships) in China
2012
Wyeth Nutrition
2013
Pamlab
2014
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