In 1867, at a time of high infant mortality, Henri Nestlé developed a milk-based food for babies unable to feed from their mothers. Within five years, NESTLÉ Milk was being sold around the world as a food for babies, old people and the infirm. Rapid development followed and Nestlé soon diversified into other areas with the introduction of a condensed milk product, followed by a move into the growing chocolate industry.
Henri Nestlé endowed his company with the symbol derived from his name. His family coat of arms, the nest with a mother bird protecting her young, became the Company's logo and a symbol of the Company's care and attitude to life-long nutrition. The Nestlé nest represents the nourishment, security and sense of family that are so essential to life.
Although Henri bowed out of the Company in 1875, the name was retained and in 1905 it merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company to form a dynamic new venture known simply as Nestlé. We have since then continued to develop through product innovation and acquisitions.
Nestlé New Zealand
The Nestlé trade mark was first registered in New Zealand in Wellington in 1885. Our heritage brands include HIGHLANDER, MILO, MAGGI and NESCAFÉ. Whilst Nestlé is well known for its confectionery business, this represents only a small part of today’s product portfolio.
Historical Timeline: Nestlé Global & Oceania Key Dates
Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Cofounded in Switzerland.
Henri Nestlé developed Farine Lactée, the first infant food.
Merchant Arthur H. Nathan of Auckland is appointed wholesale agent for Nestlé.
The Nestlé bird's nest trademark is registered in Wellington.
Underwood Milk Condensory in Invercargill New Zealand is built, closed in 1965.
Murrays Limited takes over Underwood factory in Invercargill
Nestlé added chocolate to its product range when Peter and Kohler Swiss General Chocolate Company produced milk chocolate under the NESTLÉ trademark.
Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co merged.
Dennington Condensed Milk factory built in Australia (largest in the world during the war).
A sales offie is established in Shortland Street, Auckland.
Heards Ltd is first established as a small confectionery shop in Henley Street, Parnell, Auckland.
New Zealand Milk Products is formed and buys out Murrays Ltd.
Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company (Australasia) Ltd sell imported chocolate, baby food and milks in New Zealand.
Heards Ltd moves its premises to Parnell Road, Auckland. They make a wide range of confectionery including BLACK KNIGHT licorice.
Nestlé's sales office opens in Jervois Quay, Wellington.
Sarotti & the Peter, Cailler, Kohler Chocolats Suisses S.A. merged with Nestlé. This marked the Group’s entry into the chocolate and confectionery business in Europe.
Nestlé confectionery factory opened in Parnell, Auckland. Closed in 1988.
Nestlé's sales office open in Lichfield Street, Christchurch and Lower High Street, Dunedin.
MILO is first developed in Australia.
MILO imported from Australia sells in New Zealand.
Nestlé develops the world's first instant coffee - NESCAFÉ.
Nestlé takes full ownership of New Zealand Milk Products.
MILO is produced in New Zealand for the first time at the Underwood factory in Invercargill.
The MAGGI Company merged with Nestlé. Company name became Nestlé Alimentana SA. This marked the Group’s entry into the culinary products business.
NESTLÉ Rapid Soups first sold in New Zealand.
MAGGI soups launched in New Zealand.
Bulk soluble NESCAFÉ is imported and packed in tins at the Parnell factory in Auckland.
Crosse & Blackwell (British culinary products company) acquired Pakenham Factory, Australia
Cambria Park Factory, Auckland, commenced production.
Acquired 80% of Frisco – Findus (by 1974, 100% acquired). Sale of the FINDUS brand and part of the frozen food business in Europe took place in 1999.
MAGGI sauce mixes are launched.
Production of milk products and MILO is transferred to Cambria Park factory from the Underwood factory.
MAGGI stock powders and cubes are launched.
Launch of NESTLÉ'S QUIK.
Minority interest in L’Oreal (cosmetics) acquired.
MAGGI Soup for One instant soup is launched.
NESCAFÉ Mild Roast is launched.
Nestlé New Zealand is appointed sole selling agents for Heards Limited, confectioners.
Acquired Alcon (ophthalmologic products).
NESCAFÉ Classic is launched; New Zealand's first coffee granules.
Nestlé Pacific Islands (NPI) set up as a separate business.
MAGGI Cook-in-the-Pot is launched in New Zealand.
Carnation business purchased (milk products, culinary products, entry of the Group into the pet food business under the brand FRISKIES).
MAGGI 2-Minute Noodles are launched in New Zealand.
Nestlé acquires Carnation, which includes FRISKIES GO-CAT
Heards confectionery business in New Zealand purchased; included Waiuku factory which was closed in 2003.
Nestlé Pacific Islands (NPI) opened factory at Lae, PNG.
Buitoni-Perugina purchased by Nestlé. (Italian Cuisine: BUITONI; chocolate: PERUGINA), Rowntree (chocolate and confectionery business) purchased.
Nestlé acquires Rowntree Mackintosh which includes KIT KAT.
Pet food business of Arnott Harper acquired.
Nestlé Australia purchases 100% of ALLEN'S LIFESAVERS.
New Zealand production of MACKINTOSH'S toffees and ODDFELLOW mints transfers to Nestlé
FANCY FEAST canned cat food is launched.
Nanda (pasta) business purchased. Sold in 1999.
Animal Health Food Company (TUX brand) purchased in New Zealand.
Nestlé purchases Perrier mineral water.
The ALLEN'S brand is launched in New Zealand.
Regina confectionery factory in Oamaru, New Zealand, purchased. Closed in 2001.
MAGGI Vegetable Sensations and Taste of Asia are launched.
Nestlé Oceania region formed. This includes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Nestlé New Zealand commences marketing and selling WONKA.
Nestlé purchases Ralston Purina.
Sponsorship of Millennium Institute of Sport & Health
Nestlé Switzerland acquired the MOVENPICK ice cream brand on a worldwide basis. This includes Australia and New Zealand.
Expansion of Cambria Park factory increases production, creating 65 new jobs.
Nestlé New Zealand commences marketing and selling PURINA.
Launch of Lean Cuisine.
TUX celebrates 50 years.
Nestlé New Zealand celebrates 120 years.
MILO celebrates 70 years.
Uncle Tobys is purchased by Nestlé.
Jenny Craig is purchased by Nestlé.
Novartis is purchased by Nestlé.
Nestlé Head Office moved to Stanley Street Parnell into a new 4 Green Star Building.
Nespresso Boutique opened in Auckland.
Nestlé purchases Pfizer nutrition.