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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 187 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 2019

  • CHF 92.6 billion
    Sales
  • 291 000 employees
    worldwide
  • 403 factories
    in 84 countries

A unique global presence

  • 2019 Sales by geographic area
    Americas: CHF 42.3 billion
    Europe, Middle East and North Africa: CHF 26.5 billion
    Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa: CHF 23.8 billion
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  • Strong sales contribution from emerging markets
    We are well positioned in the fast developing emerging markets
    2019: 42% (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 23.2 billion
Nutrition and Health Science CHF 15.0 billion
PetCare CHF 13.6 billion
Milk products and Ice cream CHF 13.2 billion
Prepared dishes and cooking aids CHF 12.2 billion
Confectionery CHF 7.9 billion
Water CHF 7.4 billion

Consistent return on investment

  • Shareholder returns
    25 consecutive years of dividend increases
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  • Returning cash to shareholders
    CHF 109.3 bn returned to shareholders since 2010 (2010-2019)
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2019 Key figures

  • CHF 92.6 billion
    Sales
  • 3.5%
    Organic sales growth
  • CHF 16.3 billion
    Underlying trading operating profit
  • 17.6%
    Underlying trading operating profit margin
  • CHF 2.70
    Dividend