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Switzerland with Nestlé – Administration Building Nestlé (Nestle HQ) and meeting the Nestlé Global Digital Acceleration Team

Switzerland with Nestlé – Administration Building Nestlé (Nestle HQ) and meeting the Nestlé Global Digital Acceleration Team
There is a road named after Nestle in Vevey

There is a road named after Nestle in Vevey

The town of Vevey is intrinsically linked to global food brand, Nestlé. 

Nestlé was founded in Vevey in 1867 and is still the site of the world headquarters of Nestlé today. Milk chocolate, used in many Nestlé products, was invented in Vevey by Daniel Peter in 1875.

Group picture in front of Nestle HQ

Group picture in front of Nestle HQ

The Alimentarium Museum, a modern museum for food and nutrition, opened in 1985 by the Nestlé foundation, is one of the most important buildings in Vevey, together with the  Administration Building Nestlé (Nestle HQ). 

Nestle HQ

Nestle HQ

Reception

Reception

Really spacious open concept lobby

Really spacious open concept lobby

How many of us in the world can boast of an office with a view like this?

How many of us in the world can boast of an office with a view like this?

Mirror reflection

Mirror reflection

Spacious backyard with fresh air and a gorgeous view

Spacious backyard with fresh air and a gorgeous view

I had the rare opportunity to visit Nestle HQ and meet some of the amazing folks working there, including the Nestlé Global Digital Acceleration Team (DAT) – a group of Nestlé digital staff from around the world who were in Vevey for a digital immersion course.

As a geek working in the digital industry myself, I felt really honoured to get to tour the DAT office

As a geek working in the digital industry myself, I felt really honoured to get to tour the DAT office

Nestle DAT

Nestle DAT

Recommended reads

Recommended reads

Monitoring the world at the DAT office

Monitoring the world at the DAT office

Twitter monitoring

Twitter monitoring

The DAT office looks like the headquarters for the Avengers superheroes, with the team monitoring live, instantaneous brand conversations across the globe on digital and social media platforms.

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Together with two other invited bloggers from Singapore, we did a presentation each on our digital and social media journey, sharing how we work with various brands.

Me doing my presentation

Me doing my presentation

When I mentioned about the planking phenomenon in Asia during my presentation, the DAT team picked up on the concept immediately and gamely posed for a group photo, planking in the office. Cool isn’t it?

Nestle global DAT staff planking in their office together with me - super awesome!

Nestle global DAT staff planking in their office together with me – super awesome!

A proper group photo with the DAT team

A proper group photo with the DAT team

Me with the coordinator for Nestle DAT, Ms Hannelore Grams

Me with the coordinator for Nestle DAT, Ms Hannelore Grams

We were also given a tour of the office, include a visitor’s gallery showcasing the many food and nutrition brands under the Nestlé family.

Visitors' gallery

Visitors’ gallery

Yes, Nestle sells formula milk, but as part of their corporate social responsibility, they also advocate breastfeeding

Yes, Nestle sells formula milk, but as part of their corporate social responsibility, they also advocate breastfeeding

How Nestle food items are sold in India

How Nestle food items are sold in India

A display of how Nestle food items are sold in India

Chocolate, snacks and beverages

Nescafe in India

Nescafe in India

Assorted Nestle brands

Assorted Nestle brands

A China candy brand recently acquired by Nestle

A China candy brand recently acquired by Nestle

Me on a Nestle ice-cream bike

Me on a Nestle ice-cream bike

Do you know Movenpick is a Nestle brand too?

Do you know Movenpick is a Nestle brand too?

Kit Kat around the world

Kit Kat around the world

Group picture at the Kit Kat bench

Group picture at the Kit Kat bench

Maggi and Buitoni

Maggi and Buitoni

Certified halal Nestle products

Certified halal Nestle products

Nestle milk formula around the world

Nestle milk formula around the world

Food products around the world

Food products around the world

The amazing BabyNes

The amazing BabyNes

A BabyNes capsule

A BabyNes capsule

PowerBar sports supplement

PowerBar sports supplement

Weight management products

Weight management products

Health supplements

Health supplements

Milk and cereal

Milk and cereal

Nestle in the Chinese market

Nestle in the Chinese market

Do you know Nestle has pet food too?

Do you know Nestle has pet food too?

A typical staff cubicle in Nestle HQ - all the window views are fantastic!

A typical staff cubicle in Nestle HQ – all the window views are fantastic!

There are art pieces like these throughout the building to add more live and colours

There are art pieces like these throughout the building to add more live and colours

More art pieces

More art pieces

A large painting

A large painting

I was particularly impressed with a new product Nestlé launched recently in Europe – NesBaby. It is like Nespresso for babies. Instead of gourmet coffee, the machine dispenses baby formula milk packed in a capsule. This product can save so much time and hassle especially for night feeds! When I shared a picture of it on instagram, many of my friends who are parents with young kids wanted to find out more. Nestlé should really consider bringing this into Singapore.

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We had lunch at the Nestlé staff restaurant which has a really awesome view of Lake Geneva. The food was pretty good too:

Menu for the day at the staff restaurant and cafeteria

Menu for the day at the staff restaurant and cafeteria

Staff canteen

Staff canteen

Staff restaurant

Staff restaurant

Menu

Menu

All settled for lunch in the Nestle staff restaurant

All settled for lunch in the Nestle staff restaurant

Shrimps salad for appertiser

Shrimps salad for appertiser

One of the main course for the day

One of the main course for the day

Steak main

Steak main

I had this - grilled fish with couscous and veggies

I had this – grilled fish with couscous and veggies

Dessert cart

Dessert cart

Wide selection of food items and fruits for dessert

Wide selection of food items and fruits for dessert

Cactus flower mousse

Cactus flower mousse

Sunset as witnessed from within the Nestle building

Sunset as witnessed from within the Nestle building

Most important of all, we did some shopping at the Nestlé staff shop, a supermarket stocked with just Nestlé brands:

Nestle brands only supermarket in the HQ building

Nestle brands only supermarket in the HQ building

All ready to stock up on Nestle!

All ready to stock up on Nestle!

Nestle only supermarket

Nestle only supermarket

Assorted Movenpick ice cream

Assorted Movenpick ice cream

Nesquik chocolate drink! I love this when I was little

Nesquik chocolate drink! I love this when I was little

Callier chocolate

Callier chocolate

Pet food

Pet food

More pet food

More pet food

Yoghurts and other chilled stuff

Yoghurts and other chilled stuff

Maggi galore

Maggi galore

Maggi instant soups

Maggi instant soups

Nespresso capsules

Nespresso capsules

Sauces and condiments

Sauces and condiments

Kids section

Kids section

Kids section

Baby products

Baby products

I hope my blog posts on Switzerland with Nestlé have given you a better understanding of the Nestlé brand and history as a whole.

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Nestlé is a really big global food and nutrition brand, headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, with strong corporate and brand values. They did not grow into the largest food company in the world by chance, but built on solid faith and trust from us, the consumers.

Still think this is just a Malaysia brand that manufactures Milo?

Still think this is just a Malaysia brand that manufactures Milo?

For me as an individual, I now know if I see a product stamped with the Nestlé logo, it is a product which I can trust to deliver. 🙂

Click here to read all my posts on visiting Switzerland with Nestlé.

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alvinology

Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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