Saturday, November 2, 2019

Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company by US brothers Charles and George Page

While serving as the American consul in Zurich, Charles Page decided that Switzerland, with its abundant milk supply and easy access to the whole European market, was the perfect location for a condensed milk factory. Charles and George Page founded the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Cham, Switzerland in 1866.

The company's name was meant to flatter the British, to whom Page hoped to sell a great deal of his condensed milk. Anglo-Swiss first expanded its operations beyond Switzerland's borders in 1872, when it opened a factory in Chippenham, England.

They had see the growth of condensed milk in the United States and wanted to manufacture milk near to a large, quality source. Switzerland produced a large amount of high-quality fresh milk and had been the center of production for many milk based products since the early 19th century.

In 1867, in Vevey, Henri Nestlé developed a breakthrough infant food, and the following year saw Daniel Peter begin seven years of work perfecting his invention, the milk chocolate manufacturing process. In 1905 the company he founded merged with Anglo-Swiss, to form what is now known as the Nestlé Group.

By 1918, due to increased dairy demand from government, Nestle had 40 factories worldwide. In the 1920s, despite economic downturn, Nestle acquired Peter, Cailler, Kohler Swiss Chocolate Company, creating the chocolate and confectionary side of Nestlé’s business.

In 1927 it acquired rights from the cheese makers Gerber & Company AG. In 1937 the company invented instant coffee, which it began producing under the name Nescafé the following year.
Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company by US brothers Charles and George Page

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