Founded in Switzerland in 1866 by Henri Nestlé, today Nestlé USA is a leading nutrition, health and wellness company that employs over 51,000 people in 47 states. Nutrition has been the cornerstone of the company since Nestlé, a German pharmacist, launched his Farine lactée, a combination of cow’s milk, wheat flour and sugar, saving the life of a neighbor’s child.
Nestlé produces a wide variety of food and beverage brands across the world. Specific to chocolate and confectionery, well-known brands include Raisinets®, Goobers®, KitKat®, Crunch®, Butterfinger®, 100 GRAND®, and Wonka candies including Nerds®, Laffy Taffy®, Lik-M-Aid Fun-Dip®, Pixy Stix® and Sweetarts®.
Named one of “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for fifteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. To help ensure nutritious food is provided to those who cannot afford it, Nestlé developed a long-term partnership – more than 15 years – with Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, Feeding America annually provides assistance to more than 37 million people in need.
Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives, Nestlé’s award-winning nutrition education program, reached 125,000 students in classrooms across the country.
Nestlé is committed to responsibly sourcing raw supplies for chocolate lovers everywhere through the Nestlé® Cocoa Plan™, focused on improving the lives of smallholder farmers and the quality of their crops. The Cocoa Plan™ is providing 12 million new, healthier trees by 2019 to replace old, less productive ones. These trees will produce even more high-quality cocoa beans for farmers to sell, which means greater income from their harvests.
Nestle is active in advocacy and political activities that ffect the food and beverage industry. Paul Grimwood, Nestlé USA chairman and CEO, was quoted in Politico, saying, “It’s not about the short-termism of can we move a vote … That’s not what it is about. It is for us about working through the different markets that we operate … and basically making sure that we enter in to any form of dialogue, one way or the other, over a longer period of time.”
U.S. Employees: 51,000
Exports to Other Countries: Yes
Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA
Nestlé is known for treats like Crunch® and Butterfinger® candy bars, in addition to Wonka products like Laffy Taffy®.