Enjoying the legendary Sinh tố bơ (Vietnamese Avocado Shake) as i post this..
I bought some cans a few weeks back @ 3.20, Then again @ 2.50 a week ago, now 2$.
Ive heard its quite good on toast and MANY other things..
-Invented by Gail Borden in the early 1850s, canned condensed milk proved invaluable as a military ration in the 1860s. While fresh milk had spoiled due to long supply chains, canned milk was nutritious, portable, long-lasting and, crucially, safe. Little surprise then, that sales exploded in US towns and cities after the war.
Hoping for similar success in Europe, Charles Page founded the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Cham, Switzerland, in 1866. At this time George was in the US learning Gail Borden’s pioneering process for producing condensed milk. This involved heating milk to evaporate some of the water, then adding sugar as a preservative.
A year later, the Pages opened Europe’s first condensed milk factory in Cham, and their Milkmaid Brand began to roll off the production line. High standards of quality and safety, a modern factory, efficient distribution and savvy marketing ensured the product was a success. The brand that began Nestlé’s 150-year history is still sold today as Nestlé Milkmaid.
As early as 1868, Anglo-Swiss sold over 374,000 cartons of condensed milk. Demand was led by Great Britain and its colonies, whose appetite for condensed milk had inspired the brothers to choose their company name. Charles died in in 1873, and by 1891 George was managing a business with 12 factories across Europe and the US that exported worldwide
After 1878, Henri Nestlé’s company and Anglo-Swiss became direct rivals, as the two firms each began producing versions of the other’s core product, which their customers liked to buy together.
Despite this rivalry, the two companies thrived while other competitors failed. This is because they won trust through unstinting quality standards. Both used the same ingredient, milk, to provide essential science-based nutrition.
A merger of equals made sense. George Page, who had opposed a deal on these terms, died in 1899. In 1905 the agreement was signed, and the Nestlé and Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company was born. The rest is Nestlé history…