1914 - 1945

Despite the ups and downs of the two World Wars, trade in the East Caribbean flourishes. In the face of wartime constraints, rationing and interference with merchant vessels transporting goods, the Nestlé team must use all its ingenuity to supply the country with the Nestlé range of products, which have become basic consumer items.

Meanwhile, the Trinidad and Tobago distribution business expands so much that, despite the many advantages of the Marine Square location, Nestlé must look for new and more spacious premises.

Just before World War II, Nestlé’s head office in Switzerland decides to undertake a survey regarding Trinidad’s potential milk supply with a view to establishing a processing plant in the country. Experts arrive to take a first-hand look at the situation. But the war puts everything in cold storage.


Circa 1939

Nestlé products imported to Jamaica by commission agents. Sweetened milk products a market favourite.


1940

Local subsidiary Jamaica Milk Products Ltd formed in Bybrook, Bog Walk.

The condensery represents the first capital investment in the West Indies. Facility manufactured sweetened condensed milk to mitigate against the impact of World War 2 threats.

Nestlé factory recorded as first major industrial development in Jamaica


1942

Nestlé’s policy to strengthen relations with dairy farmers poised to encourage local fresh milk production. JMP opens Cooling Station opened at Montpelier in 1942, shortly thereafter facility opened in Mandeville;