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Come on a journey through Nestle's company history. We'll begin in 1867 and finish in the present day.

Along the way, we'll see why Henri Nestle created infant cereal, how the company weathered downturns and two world wars. We'll follow the acquisitions and the move into chocolate, pharmaceuticals and petcare. Before arriving here today, at the world's largest food and beverage company. Ready?

Explore our story below. 

1867-1930 The World's First infant food
1935 – 1952 NESQUIK, launches in Canada
1966 - 1988 Ice Cream Factory Opens
1991-1997 Nestlé acquires The DRUMSTICK Company
2001-2012 NESTLÉ PURINA PetCare is born
2019-Present Creating a Better Tomorrow, Today
The World's First infant food
In 1867 pharmacist Henri Nestlé develops the world's first infant food in Vevey, Switzerland. Called Farine Lactée Nestlé, it saves the life of his neighbour's premature baby who could not tolerate breast milk.

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Nestlé buys its first Canadian milk plant in Chesterville, Ontario and begins operation as The Maple Leaf Condensed Milk Company.

Nestlé Canada officially incorporated, in Chesterville Ontario. It started out as a small milk plant originally under the name The Maple Leaf Condensed Milk Company, before incorporating and moving into confectionary. 

Peter, Cailler, Kohler, the chocolate company founded by Daniel Peter, merges with Nestlé.

The Brazilian Coffee Institute asks Nestlé to develop new products to reduce Brazil's large surplus of coffee beans.


NESQUIK, launches in Canada
1935 – 1952
By 1952, NESQUIK, launches in Canada becoming an iconic family favourite.


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1935 – 1952

After eight years of research, Nestlé invents the world's first powdered coffee. NESCAFÉ is made by simply adding hot water.

NESCAFÉ becomes a staple drink among American servicemen serving in World War ll. Annual NESCAFÉ production jumps to one million cases.

Nestlé acquires MAGGI Company, well known for its MAGGI bouillon cubes.

Nestlé Quik, later to be renamed NESQUIK, launches in Canada. The powdered chocolate drink instantly becomes a family favourite.

Ice Cream Factory Opens
1966 - 1988
In 1966, Nestlé opens its first Ice Cream Factory in London, Ontario.

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1966 - 1988

Nestlé introduces TASTER'S CHOICE Instant Coffee, which is freeze-dried to lock in freshness.

Nestlé diversified its portfolio outside of the food industry when it became a major shareholder in L’Oreal, one of the world’s leading makers of cosmetics.

Nestlé acquires the CARNATION Company. Its products include CARNATION Milk products, CARNATION COFFEE-MATE non-dairy creamer, CARNATION HOT COCOA MIX, CARNATION INSTANT BREAKFAST, and FRISKIES pet food products. Also, Hills Bros. and MJB Coffee join Nestlé Canada.

Dr. Ballard and Club Coffee join Nestlé Canada.

Nestlé acquires Rowntree Confections, TURTLES and AFTER EIGHT mints, Sunmark, maker of popular sugar confections such as SWEETARTS, NERDS, and WILLY WONKA products, and the Buitoni-Perugina Pasta Company, based in Italy. Rowntree Mackintosh joins Nestlé Canada.

Nestlé acquires The DRUMSTICK Company
In 1991, Nestlé acquires The DRUMSTICK Company, makers of the original DRUMSTICK ice cream cone since 1928.

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Nestlé acquires PERRIER, the famous bottled water company. Perrier family brands include VITTEL, ARROWHEAD, CALISTOGA, OASIS, DEER PARK, POLAND SPRINGS and ZEPHYRHILLS.

Nestlé Canada moves to a new Canadian home office in North York, Ontario.

ALPO dog food joins Nestlé.

O-Pee-Chee Gum Company comes into the Nestlé family.

The Frozen Products Division (Ice Cream) of Ault Foods, and the Ice Cream Products Group of Dairyworld Foods join Nestlé Canada. Nestlé also acquires SAN PELLEGRINO, the Italian mineral water company.

NESTLÉ PURINA PetCare is born
In 2001, Nestlé acquires Ralston PURINA and the pet care business becomes NESTLÉ PURINA PetCare.

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Nestlé enters into a long-term trademark/technology license agreement with The Pillsbury Group for the use of the HÄAGEN-DAZS brand in North America. 

Nestlé Canada’s Brampton office open. 

Nestlé acquires GERBER, known for its infant products, and NOVARTIS Medical Nutrition.

VITALITY Foodservice Inc. joins Nestlé.

Nestlé acquires PFIZER Nutrition which in Canada includes MATERNA pre and post-natal multivitamins.

Nestlé acquires STARBUCKS retail operations in Canada. 

Creating a Better Tomorrow, Today
Nestlé continues to use its global scale, resources, and expertise to contribute to a healthier and sustainable future for people and the planet.

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Nestlé's first KITKAT Chocolatory in North America opens in Toronto, Canada. 

The Bountiful Company brands officially joins Nestlé Health Science.

Nestlé Canada turns 100! 

Nestlé Launches Changemakers; Essentia Water Launches in Canada; Completed $41.3 million London Factory expansion; Circular Materials’ Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) launches.