Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestlé Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs 4,000 men and women all over the country, and is among the Philippines’ top corporations. Its products are No. 1 or strong No. 2 brands in their respective categories.
The Early Years. Although Nestlé products were already available in the Philippines as far back as 1895, it was not until 1911 when The Nestlé and Anglo Swiss Condensed Milk Company was established in the country, with its first sales office in Calle Renta, Binondo.
Local Production. In 1960, Nestlé S.A.and San Miguel Corporation entered into a partnership resulting in the formation of Nutritional Products, Inc. (Nutripro). In 1962, Nutripro’s first factory started operations in Alabang, Muntinlupa to manufacture NESCAFÉ. In 1977, Filipro, Inc. and Nutripro Inc. merged under the name Filipro, Inc. In 1986, Filipro, Inc. changed to its present name as Nestlé Philippines, Inc.
Nestlé now has manufacturing facilities in Cabuyao (Laguna), Cagayan de Oro, Lipa (Batangas), Pulilan (Bulacan) and Tanauan (Batangas) to meet the growing demand for Nestlé products in the country.
Nestlé today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well-known brands such as NESCAFÉ, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLÉ, and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery, and pet-care.
The Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) was formally launched in 2015 by the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture and Grow Asia. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, to convene, facilitate, and help scale action-focused partnerships aligned with national agriculture agendas.
PPSA serves as a multi-stakeholder platform to engage smallholder farmers and market players towards social-economic growth and competitive advantage. In 2017, Grow Asia collaborated with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a business-led social development organization committed to poverty reduction to establish the PPSA Secretariat as an in-country coordinating body.
Five Working Groups organized around coffee, corn, coconut, vegetables and fisheries are currently in place and are developing ways to transform their sectors beyond individual value chain projects. Grow Asia will continue to provide overall strategic direction and support to PPSA locally and regionally.