Nestle India Ltd, one the biggest players in FMCG segment, has a presence in milk & nutrition, beverages, prepared dishes & cooking aids & chocolate & confectionery segments. The company is engaged in the food business. The food business incorporates product groups, such as milk products and nutrition, beverages, prepared dishes and cooking aids, chocolates and confectionery. Nestle India manufactures products under brand names, such as Nescafe, Maggi, Milkybar, Milo, Kit Kat, Bar-One, Milkmaid and Nestea.
The company has also introduced products of daily consumption and use, such as Nestle Milk, Nestle Slim Milk, Nestle Fresh 'n' Natural Dahi and Nestle Jeera Raita. The company's brands include milk products and nutrition, prepared dishes and cooking aids, beverages, and chocolates and confectionery. Their milk products and nutrition includes Nestle Everyday Dairy Whitener, Nestle Everyday Ghee, Nestle Milk, Nestle Slim Milk and Nestle Dahi. Beverages Include Nescafe Classic, Nescafe Sunrise Premium, Nescafe Sunrise Special and Nescafe Cappuccino. Nestle India is a subsidiary of Nestle S.A.
The company has presence across India with 7 manufacturing facilities and four branch offices spread across the region. The four branch offices in the country help facilitate the sales and marketing of its products. They are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The company's head office is located in Gurgaon, Haryana.
Nestle India Ltd was incorporated in the year 1956. The company set up their first production facility in the year 1961 at Moga in Punjab. In the year 1967, they set up their second plant at Choladi in Tamil Nadu as a pilot plant to process the tea grown in the area into soluble tea. In the year 1989, they set up a factory at Nanjangud in Karnataka.
In the year 1990, the company entered into the chocolate business by introducing Nestle Premium Chocolate. In the year 1991, they entered in joint venture floated by the parent in collaboration with BM Khaitan group to set up facilities to manufacturing a range of Soya based products. In the year 1993, they set up a factory at Samalkha in Haryana. In the year 1995, the company launched the company's worldwide legendary brand chocolate, Kitkat.
The company commissioned two factories in Goa at Ponda and Bicholim in the year 1995 and 1997 respectively. In the year 1999, the company launched the product, Nestle Growing Up Milk nationally. In April 2000, they forayed into the Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) liquid milk market. In the year 2001, the company launched Nestle Pure Life bottled water. Within few months, they again launched their second water brand-San Pellegrino - in the Indian market. The company also made their foray into the iced tea segment.
In the year 2004, a project has been initiated to upgrade the production technology for infant nutrition products at the Samalkha factory. Nestle India Ltd recognised for its outstanding performance in Exports by the Coffee Board of India in the Export Awards 2004-05 as the Best Exporter of Instant Coffee, Best Exporter to Russia & CIS Countries (coffee) and Best Exporter for Far East Countries (coffee). The company bestowed the UDYOG RATNA award by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to recognise Nestle's significant contribution to the economic development of Punjab for the year 2005. The company set up a new department -the Channel & Category Sales Development (CCSD) to develop new solutions for the various channels and customers and improve the implementation of commercial plans in the market.
In the year 2006, the company set up their seventh factory at Pantnagar in Uttarakhand. In the year 2007, CNBC Asia presented the company with the India Innovator of the year award. The company's four factories were awarded the internationally recognised external certification ISO 14001 for adherence to environmental processes and OSHAS 18001 for Health and Safety.
In the year 2008, the company launched Nestle Nesvita Pro-Heart Milk with Omega-3 in Mumbai. Nestle Nesvita Pro-Heart is part of daily diet and has Omega-3 heart friendly nutrients scientifically known to help manage cholestrol. As part of their ongoing commitment to offering best in class nutrition products to Indian consumers, the company launched NESTLE NAN 3, a follow-up formula for older infants.
During the year, MAGGI PICHKOO Tomato Ketchup was launched in a unique easy to handle day pack to drive affordability, taste and convenience for a larger number of consumers. The company also launched another pioneering product, MAGGI Bhuna Masala, to cook tasty and healthy everyday meals, more conveniently. The company also launched Nestle Kitkat Mini and Nestle Bar One Mini, at Rs 3 price to expand the repertoire of offerings. Similarly, they launched Nestle Kitkat Chunky at Rs15 to strengthen the range of wellness oriented Nestle products that consumers can choose from. The company's three more factories were awarded the internationally recognized external certification ISO 14001 for adherence to environmental processes and OSHAS 18001 for Health and Safety. With this, all the seven factories of the company now have ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 certifications.
In the year 2009, the company provided inputs to the group R&D for development of an innovative product Maggi Bhuna Masala. They launched Maggi Nutri-Licious Pazzta. During the year, Maggi further leveraged their strengths to drive affordable nutrition and launched two new products, namely, Maggi Rasile Chow and Maggi Masala-ae-Magic. They launched Nestle Kitkat in a new unique single finger format and Nestle Much Guru pack at the higher price point.
The company acquired the Healthcare Nutrition business of Speciality Foods India Pvt Ltd with effect from January 1, 2010. In the year 2010, the company expanded the installed capacity of Milk Products and Nutrition by 3,983 MT to 147,546 MT. Also, they increased the installed capacity of Prepared Dishes & Cooking aids by 14,028 MT to 205,017 MT.
In the year 2011, the company increased the installed capacity of Milk Products & Nutrition by 14,561 MT to 162,107 MT, Prepared dishes & Cooking aids by 21,430 MT to 226,447 MT and Chocolate & Confectionery by 3,283 MT to 36,052 MT.