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Nestl ƒ S.A. (French pronunciation: n ‰ ›s ˆle]) is one of the largest food and nutrition companies in the world, founded and headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. Nestl ƒ originated in a 1905 merger of the Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, which was established in 1866 by brothers George Page and Charles Page, and the Farine Lact ƒ e Henri Nestl ƒ Company, which was founded in 1866 by Henri Nestl ƒ . The company grew significantly during the First World War and following the Second World War, eventually expanding its offerings beyond its early condensed milk and infant formula products. Today, the company operates in 86 countries around the world and employs nearly 283,000 people. Today, in English-speaking countries the French version of “Nestl ƒ ” is increasingly commonpronounced / ˆn ‰ ›sle ‰ ª/). However, the dominant pronunciation in those countries throughout the 20th century has been / ˆn ‰ ›s ‰ ™l/, as in the English verb “nestle”. This pronunciation was reinforced in the 60s television advertisement jingle for / ˆn ‰ ›s ‰ ™l/’s Milky Bar.” The company dates to 1867, when two separate Swiss enterprises were founded that would later form the core of Nestl ƒ . In the succeeding decades the two competing enterprises aggressively expanded their businesses throughout Europe and the United States. In August 1867 Charles A and George Page, two brothers from Lee County, Illinois, USA established the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Cham. Their first British operation was opened at Chippenham, Wiltshire in 1873.