How Nestlé Became the World’s Most Valuable Food Brand in 2023


Nestlé, the Swiss food and beverage pioneer, topped the list of the world’s most valuable food brands in 2023, according to Brand Finance, a major brand valuation consultant. Its brand worth increased by 8% to $22.4 billion. This is nearly double that of Yili, a Chinese dairy brand that was ranked second with a brand value of $10.6 billion.

Nestlé’s Brand Strategy and Innovation


Nestlé’s success was accomplished by adhering to its long-term brand strategy focused on developing new goods and expanding its digital transformation. It quickly explored new ideas and launched goods, reacting to shifting consumer preferences and needs during the pandemic.

Expanding its e-commerce and direct-to-consumer channels, investing in health and wellness solutions like customized nutrition and supplements, and introducing plant-based versions of some of its well-known brands, like Nesquik, Carnation, and Garden Gourmet, are just a few of its innovations.

Along with lowering plastic waste, assisting farmers and communities and committing to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, Nestlé also strengthened its reputation in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) arena. Nestlé’s efforts have been acknowledged by a number of sustainability indexes and evaluations, including the CDP Climate Change A List and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Performance of Other Food Brands


Nestlé was not the only food brand whose worth climbed in 2023. According to Brand Finance, the total value of the top 100 most valuable food brands increased by 13% to $216.1 billion, indicating the food industry’s resilience and creativity in the face of problems like the COVID-19 epidemic, inflation, and supply chain disruptions.

Belvita, a morning biscuit brand that increased its value by 61% in 2023, Lay’s, a snack brand that increased its worth by 30%, and Hershey, a chocolate brand that increased its value by 25%, are among the fastest-growing food brands in 2023. Hershey was also named the world’s strongest food brand, with a BSI score of 86.9 out of 100.

Coca-Cola remained the world’s most valuable beverage brand in the non-alcoholic beverage category, with a brand value of $33.2 billion, followed by Pepsi, with a brand value of $20.6 billion. Both brands grew their values by 10% and 9%, respectively, as a result of the recovery of the on-trade and out-of-home consumption channels, as well as their diversification into healthier and functional beverages.

The food and beverage industry continues to face various challenges and opportunities, as consumer preferences, behaviors, and expectations evolve. Brand Finance predicts that some of the key trends that shape the future of food brands include health and wellness, sustainability, personalization, convenience and digitalization.

To succeed in this dynamic and competitive environment, food brands will need to invest in innovation, differentiation as well as leverage data and technology to create value for their customers and stakeholders. Nestlé, as the world’s most valuable food brand, has shown that it has the vision, strategy and execution to achieve these goals and maintain its leadership position in the industry.