With sales of about CHF 83.6 billion (US$ 94.3 billion) in 2011, Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Its brands, such as Nescafé, Nespresso, Nido, KitKat, Lean Cuisine, Maggi, Powerbar and Purina, are known across the world. Products include soluble coffee, bottled water, condensed and evaporated milk, ice cream, chocolate and malt drinks, culinary products, and infant, clinical and sports nutrition. One of its most dynamic new branches is Nestlé Health Science SA. Nestlé is a truly public company with more than two-thirds of shares in the portfolios of institutional investors, mainly to finance pensions. Investors depend on Nestlé's commitment to deliver shareholder value through sustainable, capital efficient and profitable long-term growth. Founded in 1866 in Switzerland, Nestlé has often been called the multinational among multinationals. It employs 328,000 people in 461 factories, located in 83 different countries. In more than 100 years of international investment, Nestlé has been building strong local linkages – agricultural raw materials and other inputs (packaging material, services, etc.) are purchased to the largest extent possible locally and regionally.
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