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While Nestlé MILKMAID’s sweet relationship with Sri Lanka is just over a 100 years young, the beginnings of this historic brand can be traced back all the way to 1866 when George Ham Page from Dixon, Illinois (USA) and his brother Charles, who was the US vice-consul and commercial attaché in Zurich, created a company to produce and export sweetened condensed milk in Cham (ZG): known as the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. The Anglo-Swiss was the first condensed milk company settled in Europe. The new and modern company's aim was export of milk products in Europe and overseas.

One of its most famous brands would be known the world over as MILKMAID. The logo depicted a traditional representation of a Milkmaid carrying milk buckets. The word Milkmaid was translated in the language of the country where Anglo-Swiss' milk was sold (La Laitière, La Lechera, Die Milchmädchen…) In 1905, the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, merged with Henri Nestlé S.A., Vevey. Henceforth, MILKMAID was renamed as Nestlé MILKMAID.