Nestlé history and formation of Oceania

Henri Nestlé gave his name to what is now the world’s largest food and beverage business, with over 339,000 employees, 442 factories in 86 countries and sales of more than $130 billion in 2014. In our region, Nestlé products have been available since the 1880s and by 1906 Australia had become Nestlé’s second largest export market.

The beginnings - 1867 - 1905

In 1867, at a time of high infant mortality, Henri Nestlé developed a milk-based food for babies unable to feed from their mothers. Within five years, Nestlé Milk was being sold around the world as a food for babies, old people and the infirm. Rapid development followed and Nestlé soon diversified into other areas with the introduction of a condensed milk product, followed by a move into the growing chocolate industry.

Although Henri bowed out of the Company in 1875, the name was retained and in 1905 it merged with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company to form a dynamic new venture known simply as Nestlé. We have since then continued to develop through product innovation and acquisitions.

1906 - 1934

By 1906, Australia had become the second largest export market for Nestlé and was served by a network of sales agents. As it showed such tremendous potential, in 1908 we set up a business in Australia. Over the years a nationwide sales and distribution network was established.

The invention of Milo in 1934 stands out as a great Australian achievement - the product of Australian ingenuity and distinctive Nestlé technology. Nowadays, the brand is sold in 30 countries with worldwide sales of more than $550 million.

1999 to today

In 1999, Nestlé Australia's head office became headquarters for the Oceania Region, which includes Nestlé operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

We have been in New Zealand since 1885. Today, two manufacturing plants operate in New Zealand together with regional sales offices and a number of distribution centres. And since 1989, we have operated in the Pacific Islands.

Today, our employees throughout the Oceania Region are just as committed to providing good food for good living continuing the tradition that Henri Nestlé began more than 150 years ago.

Why work with us

At Nestlé, we’re positioned to provide a wealth of opportunities and challenges across a truly global business network.

Our diversity brings fresh, innovative thinking to how we approach new and existing challenges. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from inspiring leaders and colleagues, collaborate across local and global teams, and experience the many different areas of our business operations.

Whatever your career or working goals are you’ll get the support you need to achieve them, and opportunities to further enrich your career – wherever it takes you.



Nestlé is focused on reducing the environmental impact of our packaging, while not compromising on the fundamentals of safety and quality. Our vision is that none of our packaging ends up in landfill or as litter.

To achieve this, we are committed to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and to reducing our use of virgin plastics by one third.

Our work includes:

Developing packaging for the future: we are phasing out hard-to-recycle plastics, and working on new functional and safe packaging solutions through the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, the first of its kind in the food industry.

Help shape a waste-free future: we are working to explore packaging solutions which reduce our use of plastics, facilitating recycling and developing new solutions to help eliminate plastic waste.  

Drive new behaviours and understanding: we are working to ensure consumers know how to dispose of waste correctly.  We are rolling out the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), which provides simple and easy to understand on-pack recycling information, by showing which bin to recycle in. We are working with external partners including governments, community groups and NGOs to support consumer education programs.

Nestlé Australia is member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and is committed to the Covenant’s principles of product stewardship and delivering against the Australian 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We are determined to play our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by improving resource efficiency, switching to cleaner fuels and investing in renewable energy.

More than 91 per cent of all energy usage in 2013 went into the manufacturing of products, while 29 per cent came from renewable sources, ahead of Nestlé’s global target of 20 per cent by 2020.

We are on track to reduce the total volume of greenhouse gas emissions across our factory sites in the next 12 months by a further 2%.


Safety is non-negotiable. Nestlé believes in the health and wellbeing of our people. We commit to safety as a core value to ensure our people return home safely each day.