Nestlé reached an organic growth of 7.6 percent in the first three month of 2022. The company growth was broad-based across most geographies and categories, with increased pricing, continued momentum in retail sales and a further recovery in out-of-home channels. The total reported sales increased by 5.4 percent to CHF 22.2 billion, compared to CHF 21.1 billion in first quarter of 2021. In April, Nestlé Health Science completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Orgain, a company in plant-based nutrition. The food company comfirmed its full-year 2022 outlook and expects organic sales growth around five percent. Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, commented: "In these first months of the year, the war in Ukraine has caused unspeakable human suffering. We remain focused on supporting our colleagues there and providing humanitarian relief, while standing with the international community in the call for peace."
Against the background of significantly impaired trading conditions in Russia and the company's decision to focus on providing essential food, the Russia region is now no longer included in organic growth of Nestlé. Sales growth in the developed markets was 6.7 percent. Organic growth in emerging markets was 8.8 percent. In general, sales growth resulted from strong real internal growth and price adjustments. Coffee recorded high single-digit growth. Sales of confectionery and aquatic products grew at double-digit rates, while dairy showed mid-single-digit growth. Infant and baby food sales growth was also in the mid-single digits. Prepared dishes and culinary products recorded low single-digit growth after a high basis of comparison in 2021.
In the North America region, sales decreased by 1.5 percent to CHF 5.8 billion. Net divestments reduced sales by 13.6 percent year-on-year, as sales of Nestlé Waters North America brands more than neutralized the acquisition of Essentia Water. Zone Europe sales increased by 2.2 percent to CHF 4.6 billion. The high single-digit organic growth in the region resulted in part from higher price adjustments and continued momentum in e-commerce. In Europe, Nestlé continues to see market share gains, particularly in animal feed, coffee and plant-based nutrition products. Zone Asia, Oceania and Africa achieved sales growth of three percent to CHF 4.6 billion. The region reported mid-single-digit organic growth, particularly strong in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Growth was supported by price adjustments, a further recovery in the out-of-home channels and continued momentum in affordable products.
In Latin America, Nestlé achieved sales of CHF 2.7 billion, an increase of 14.4 percent. Here, double-digit organic growth was recorded, driven by strong execution and continued momentum in e-commerce, as well as market share gains in pet food, infant and baby nutrition and chilled dairy. Sales in the Greater China region increased by 7.6 percent to CHF 1.4 billion. Organic growth was 3.4 percent, partly impacted by the timing of the Chinese New Year. Growth was supported by innovation, with market share gains in culinary products, ready-to-drink coffee and confectionery.