Total workforce of the Nestlé Group worldwide 2008-2018

This statistic depicts the total number of Nestlé employees worldwide from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, Nestlé employed approximately 308,000 people around the world. Nestlé is a multinational consumer goods company, headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland.


The Swiss-based company Nestlé S.A. is the largest manufacturer of consumer goods worldwide. The globally operating firm, with headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, is present in more than 86 countries and employs about 308,000 people around the world. The company was founded with the merger of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Corporation and Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé in 1905. The company can look back on its first milestone when Henri Nestlé, a Swiss pharmacist, developed the first milk-based infant cereal.

Today, the innovative product portfolio is vast and covers, among others, beverages such as coffee or water, infant and toddler foods and confectionery and ice cream. Most people know the food giant Nestlé through its billion dollar brands such as Nescafé, Kitkat and pet food brand Purina to name a few. According to the company, it is committed to become the very best ‘Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Company’ within the coming years.

Nestlé is well positioned in its operating markets. Based on its latest annual report, the largest share of sales stemmed from North and South America. The company’s biggest international competitors worldwide include Unilever, PepsiCo, Mars Incorporated and Mondelez.

Total number of Nestlé employees worldwide from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2018 were taken from previous editions of the publication.

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