Monday, March 28, 2016

Switzerland 2016
Henri Nestlé

ISSUE DATE: 3 March 2016
STAMP SIZE: 33 x 28 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Christian Stuker

Henri Nestlé, born Heinrich Nestle (1814-1890), was a German-born Swiss confectioner and the founder of Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, as well as one of the main creators of condensed milk.

The origins of the Nestle Company go all the way back to 1867. On the search for a new source of revenue, Henri Nestlé came upon an unsolved problem with regard to infant nutrition: one in four children died before reaching the age of one year. Based on
scientific findings, he developed a complete infant food which, at the request of a friend, he successfully fed to a premature baby.

The original Nestlé trademark was based on his family's coat of arms, which featured a single bird sitting on a nest. This was a reference to the family name, which means "nest" in German. Henri Nestlé adapted the coat of arms by adding three young birds being fed by a mother, to create a visual link between his name and his company’s infant cereal products. He began using the image as a trademark in 1868.

Original Nestle family coat of arms.

1868 Nestlé - little nest in German. Logo used to protect his original "Milk Food" from imitators.

Logo in 1938 .

Next versions through years 1988, 1995, 2015.

Not only Nestlé logo come a long way. In the year 2015 Nestlé was ranked #70 on the Fortune Global 500. Range of products available today include baby food, medical food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, frozen food, pet foods, and snacks. Twenty-nine of Nestlé’s brands have annual sales of over $1 billion including Nespresso, Nescafé, Kit Kat, NesquikVittel, and Maggi.

Henri Nestlé sold his company in 1875 to his business associates and then lived with his family alternately in Montreux and Glion, where they helped people with small loans and publicly contributed towards improving the local infrastructure. In Glion he moved into a house later known as Villa Nestlé.

Stamp images thanks to Swiss Post