Our chocolate & confectionery brands
In 1904, Nestlé started selling chocolate for the first time. But even before this landmark moment, the Nestlé company played an important role in the development of milk chocolate.
In 1875, Henri Nestlé supplied his Vevey neighbor, Daniel Peter, with concentrated milk, which Peter used to develop the world's first commercial milk chocolate. Then in 1929, Peter, Cailler, Kohler (Chocolats Suisses S.A.) merged with Nestlé Group to become one of the world’s largest chocolate producers.
Ever since, we've delighted people around the world with our range of chocolates, which today includes iconic brands such as KitKat and Smarties.
To make great chocolate, you need great cocoa. But life can be challenging for cocoa growers.
That's why we developed the Nestlé Cocoa Plan: for better farming, better lives and better cocoa. We train farmers to improve practices, and we also develop plants that improve yield and cut disease. And by 2025, we aim to source 100% of our cocoa through the plan.
We're also helping to improve the livelihoods of cocoa-farming families with our Income Accelerator Program: households get a direct cash incentive for positive actions, including enrolling children in schools, good agricultural practices such as pruning, and agroforestry activities that increase climate resilience.
In 2022, the Living Income Accelerator Program will include 10,000 families in Côte d'Ivoire, before extending to Ghana in 2024. By 2030, we'll include every cocoa-farming family in our global cocoa supply chain.
We're making chocolates for the future.
For example, Smarties was the first global confectionary brand to move to more widely recyclable paper packaging in 2021. That's part of a bigger story: at Nestlé we're committed to help ensuring that our packaging is reduced, recyclable or reusable by 2025.
KitKat has committed to become carbon neutral in 2025. One way we're doing that is through plant-based alternatives, including KitKat Vegan - crispy wafers coated in smooth chocolate.