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Understanding Nestlé

Established over 150 years ago, Nestlé is the world’s largest, most diversified food and beverages company. We have a unique global footprint and sell our products in 186 countries worldwide. Through enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we aim to deliver sustainable, industry-leading financial performance and earn trust.

Nestlé around the world 2020

  • CHF 84.3 billion
  • 273 000 employees
  • 376 factories
    in 81 countries

A unique global presence

  • 2020 Sales by geographic area
    Americas: CHF 37.7 billion (45%)
    Europe, Middle East and North Africa: CHF 24.5 billion (29%)
    Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa: CHF 22.1 billion (26%)
    World map
  • Strong sales contribution from emerging markets
    Well positioned in fast developing emerging markets
    2020: 41% (as percentage of Group sales)
    Maggi vendor

A world-leading brand portfolio

We’ve been making products that people love for over 150 years. We have some of the world's most recognisable brands, with household names like Nescafé, global icons like Perrier and local favourites like NaturNes and Milo.

Nestlé products

Strong positions across categories


Nutritious and delicious products are at the heart of our portfolio. We are leaders in many of the fastest growing food and beverages categories including coffee, petcare, bottled water and infant formula.

product categories


Powdered and Liquid Beverages CHF 22.2 billion
PetCare CHF 14.0 billion
Nutrition and Health Science CHF 12.2 billion
Prepared dishes and cooking aids CHF 11.5 billion
Milk products and Ice cream CHF 11.0 billion
Confectionery CHF 7.0 billion
Water CHF 6.4 billion

Consistent return on investment

  • Shareholder returns
    26 consecutive years of dividend increases
  • Returning cash to shareholders
    CHF 163.7 billion over the last 15 years (2006-2020)

2020 Key figures

  • CHF 84.3 billion
  • 3.6%
    Organic sales growth
  • CHF 14.9 billion
    Underlying trading operating profit
  • 17.7%
    Underlying trading operating profit margin
  • CHF 2.75