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 (2002: partial IPO; 2008: partial sale)
1981
Galderma (joint venture with L'Oréal)
1985
Carnation (with Coffee-mate and Friskies)
1986
Creation of Nestlé Nespresso S.A.
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
2001
Ralston Purina
2002
Schöller and Chef America

Dairy Partners Americas (joint venture with Fonterra)

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

Lactalis Nestlé Produits Frais (associate)

Jenny Craig, Uncle Tobys and Delta Ice Cream
2007
Novartis Medical Nutrition, Gerber and Henniez
2008
Ruzanna
2009
Vitality Beverage business
2010
Kraft Food's frozen pizza, Waggin'Train, Malher, Technocom and Vitaflo

Creation of Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences
2011
Acquired a 60% share in Hsu Fu Chi in China

Acquired a 60% share in the Yinlu Foods Group (Yinlu) in China
2012
Opening of new Nespresso factory in Switzerland

Work with the Fair Labor Association on our cocoa supply chain

Nestlé tops list of global companies cutting carbon emissions