Henri Nestlé-Founder of Nestlé S.A

Henri Nestlé
Henri Nestlé

Henri Nestlé (born with the name of Heinrich Nestle in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 10, 1814 - died in Vaud, Switzerland, July 7, 1890 at age 75 years) was the founder of Nestlé SA, the largest food and beverage companies in the world, as well as one of the creators The main milk chocolate.


Henri Nestlé was born on August 10, 1814, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He was the 11th of 14 children, Johann Ulrich Matthias Nestle and Anna-Maria Catharina Ehemann. Henri Nestlé's father by tradition inherited the company from his father Johann Ulrich Nestle and became a glazier in Töngesgasse.

Change of name

Nestlé before reaching the age of 20 years in 1836, he has completed his apprenticeship for four years with J. E. Stein, owner of a pharmaceutical company. In late 1839, he was officially granted the right to conduct chemical experiments, making prescription drugs and selling drugs. At this time, he changed his name to Henri Nestlé to fit the new social conditions of the French language in Vevey, Switzerland.

Early career

In 1843, Henri Nestlé bought one of the industry's most progressive and active in that region at that time, which produces rapeseed. He was also involved in the production of peanut oil (used as fuel for oil lamps), liquor, rum, absinthe, and vinegar. He also began manufacturing and selling carbonated mineral water and lemonade, despite the crisis years from 1845 to 1847 Nestlé to stop the production of mineral water. In 1857 he began to concentrate on gas lighting and fertilizers.


Henri and Anna Clementine Therese Ehemant married on May 23, 1860 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Establish a career Nestlé S.A.
Founder of Nestlé S.A

It is unclear when Henri Nestlé baby milk began working on the project, but his interest is driven by several factors:
The high rate of death in the family. Half of the 14 children died before reaching adulthood.
Background as an assistant pharmacist.
His wife is well aware of the death of a toddler because his father was a doctor who helped the poor.
Henri Nestlé cow's milk mixed with wheat flour and sugar to produce substistusi mother's milk for children who can not breastfeed. In addition, Henri Nestlé and Jean Balthasar Schnetzler, his friend and a scientist in human nutrition, get rid of acid and starch from wheat flour because the baby is difficult to digest. This product can be prepared simply by adding water and is considered as the first baby food. People quickly recognized the value of this new product, and soon, Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé (Henri Nestlé's Milk Flour in French) is sold in various parts of Europe. In the 1870s, Nestle baby food, made from malt, cow's milk, sugar and wheat flour, is sold in the U.S. at a price of $ 0.50 per bottle. Milk chocolate was introduced in 1875 by Henri Nestlé, the maker of condensed milk and Daniel Peter, a chocolate maker. Together they create a milk chocolate which is now favored by 80% of world population, replacing chocolate bars that were once made from the bitter-sweet chocolate.


Henri Nestlé sold the company in late 1875 and moved with his wife to Montreux and Glion, where he helped people with small loans and contribute to society by improving the local infrastructure. In Glion, he lived in a house known as Villa Nestle.


Henri Nestlé-Ehmant died of a heart attack on July 7, 1890.

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