The key factor which drove the early history of the enterprise that would become The Nestlé Company was Henri Nestlé's search for a healthy, economical alternative to breastfeeding for mothers who could not feed their infants at the breast.
In the mid-1860s Nestlé, a trained pharmacist, began experimenting with various combinations of cow's milk, wheat flour and sugar in an attempt to develop an alternative source of infant nutrition for mothers who were unable to breast feed. His ultimate goal was to help combat the problem of infant mortality due to malnutrition. He called the new product Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé.
Nestlé's first customer was a premature infant who could tolerate neither his mother's milk nor any of the conventional substitutes, and had been given up for lost by local physicians. People quickly recognized the value of the new product, after Nestlé's new formula saved the child's life and within a few years, Farine Lactée Nestlé was being marketed in much of Europe.
Henri Nestlé also showed early understanding of the power of branding. He had adopted his own coat of arms as a trademark; in Swiss German, Nestlé means 'little nest'. One of his agents suggested that the nest could be exchanged for the white cross of the Swiss flag. His response was firm: "I regret that I cannot allow you to change my nest for a Swiss cross .... I cannot have a different trademark in every country; anyone can make use of a cross, but no-one else may use my coat of arms."
Meanwhile, the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, founded in 1866 by Americans Charles and George Page, broadened its product line in the mid-1870s to include cheese and infant formulas. The Nestlé Company, which had been purchased from Henri Nestlé by Jules Monnerat in 1874, responded by launching a condensed milk product of its own. The two companies remained fierce competitors until their merger in 1905.
Nestlé is today the world’s leading food company, with a 135-year history and operations in virtually every country in the world. Their principal assets are not office buildings, factories, or even brands. Rather, it is the fact that they are a global organization comprised of many nationalities, religions, and ethnic backgrounds all working together in one single unifying corporate culture. Their culture unifies people on all continents, with roughly half their factories and people located in the developing world.
A qualified workforce, trained by Nestlé or emerging from a strong educational and industrial context, strongly influences the company’s ability to be globally competitive. The fair treatment and development of company staff and the strengthening of the local workforce are essential long-term investments. They reinforce the conditions for growth and sustained economic development in the locations where Nestlé operates. Nestlé’s ability to employ thousands of people each year is an important contribution the company makes towards future generations, providing income to families who can enhance their chances at better education, healthcare and standard of living for entire families and communities. INTRODUCTION OF NESTLE
Nestlé Corporate Business Principles will continue to evolve and adapt to a changing world, their basic foundation is unchanged from the time of the origins of their Company, and reflects the basic ideas of fairness, honesty, and a general concern for people. Nestlé is committed to the following Business Principles in all countries, taking into account local legislation, cultural and religious practices: * Nestlé's business objective is to manufacture and market the Company's products in such a way as to create value that can be sustained over the long term for shareholders, employees, consumers, and business partners. * Nestlé does not favor short-term profit at the expense of successful long-term business development. * Nestlé recognizes that its consumers have a sincere and legitimate interest in...
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