Business

Manufacturing

Bean there done that— Lausanne

Preface

Nespresso, part of the Nestlé Group, invented those clever capsules to make a tasty, mess-free cup of coffee in 1986. Today, the company is booming thanks to its Swiss heritage and corporate skill.

Coffee, Heritage, Industry, Innovation

Last year, Swiss coffee powerhouse Nespresso reported its eighth year of 30 per cent year-on-year growth, with sales totalling €1.35bn. This year, despite the tougher market, it is on course for 25 per cent growth. In a little over two decades, Nespresso has squeezed itself onto the most privileged of kitchen surfaces, airline galleys and office staffrooms around the world, and now employs a total of 4,500 people.

But there are battles ahead. The US’s love of bucket-size milky coffee has made the market there a hard coffee bean to crack and the…

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