1914-1918

   
 Condensed milk tinsFARINE LACTÉE: Condensed milk tins on display

1914

The onset of World War I brought severe disruption to us along with the rest of the world. Acquiring raw materials and distributing products became increasingly difficult. Shortages of fresh milk throughout Europe forced factories to sell almost all their supplies to meet the needs of local towns.

1918

Nevertheless, the war created new demand for dairy products, largely in the form of government contracts. To keep up, Nestlé purchased several existing factories in the United States and, by war's end, we had 40 factories worldwide.