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Nestlé Leading the Way as Most Valuable Swiss Brand, Rolex Enters Top 5

01 August 2019
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Nestlé reigns supreme

Once again, Nestlé is Switzerland’s most valuable brand, its brand value increasing by 1% to CHF19.1 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance, the world’s leading independent brand valuation consultancy. The brand dominates the ranking, its brand value nearly twice as much as second placed UBS (brand value up 21% to CHF10.3 billion).

Nestlé celebrated a boost in organic growth, following stronger performances in the brand’s two largest markets, China and the US. The brand continually strives towards greater product innovation in order to meet the ever-changing consumer trends and has successfully capitalised on the popular vegan and vegetarian health food movements.

Nestlé has also recently bought the rights to sell its products under the Starbucks brand name, opening up vast opportunities globally through Starbuck’s immense power as the world’s biggest coffee chain brand.

Three other brands in the Nestlé portfolio claim spots in the top 50: Nescafé (9th position); Maggi (31st position); and Nespresso (38th position).

About time – Rolex enters top 5 and proves strongest

Aside from calculating overall brand value, Brand Finance also determines the relative strength of brands through a balanced scorecard of metrics evaluating marketing investment, stakeholder equity, and business performance. According to these criteria, Rolex is Switzerland’s strongest brand with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 90.0 out of 100 and a corresponding AAA+ brand strength rating.

Luxury watchmaker Rolex has entered the top 5 of Switzerland’s most valuable brands for the first time, following an impressive 27% increase in brand value to CHF8.0 billion.

David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance commented:

“Swiss brands are synonymous with timeless quality, impeccable style and luxury. It is no surprise that Rolex has broken into the top 5 as it continues to make its presence felt through tactical sporting sponsorships at the most prestigious of sporting events.

Some of the most successful sports professionals are ambassadors for the Rolex brand and as an official timekeeper, the brand retains maximum visibility whenever a tournament or competition is broadcast on the world’s television screens.”

UBS and ABB: non-movers

Financial services giant, UBS, retains second place in the rankings after recording a healthy 21% increase in its brand value. Sitting in third, ABB, has seen a very modest 2% increase in brand value to CHF8.4 billion.


Note to Editors
Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the world’s biggest brands. The 50 most valuable and strongest Swiss brands are included in the Brand Finance Switzerland 50 2019 ranking.

Brand value is understood as the net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market. Brand Strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors.

Additional insights, more information about the methodology, as well as definitions of key terms are available in the Brand Finance Switzerland 50 2019 ranking.

Brand Finance helped craft the internationally recognised standard on Brand Valuation – ISO 10668, and the recently approved standard on Brand Evaluation – ISO 20671.

Brand Finance is a chartered accountancy firm regulated by ICAEW and also the first brand valuation consultancy to join the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).

Data compiled for the Brand Finance rankings and reports are provided for the benefit of the media and are not to be used for any commercial or technical purpose without written permission from Brand Finance.

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