About Nestlé Japan
Henri Nestlé gave his name to what is now the world’s largest food and beverage business, with over 339,000 employees, 442 factories in 86 countries and sales of more than $130 billion in 2014.
In 1867, at a time of high infant mortality, Henri Nestlé developed a milk-based food for babies unable to feed from their mothers. Within five years, Nestlé Milk was being sold around the world as a food for babies, old people and the infirm. Rapid development followed and Nestlé soon diversified into other areas with the introduction of a condensed milk product, followed by a move into the growing chocolate industry.
In 1973, Nestlé’s Kit Kats were introduced to Japan and in 2014, they were the top-selling confection in the country. There have been more than 300 limited-edition seasonal and regional flavours of Kit Kats produced in Japan since 2000.
Kit Kats in Japan are produced at Nestlé-owned factories in Himeji and Kasumigaura. The milk chocolate used for Kit Kats is made from whole-milk powder and Nestlé buys most of its cacao beans from West Africa.