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Frequently Asked Questions about Milo | Nestlé

MILO is made from the natural goodness of malt, milk, cocoa and sugar. These ingredients make MILO nutritious as well as tasty. MILO also has 6 essential vitamins (vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D) and 3 minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus) that play a vital role in children's growth and development.

Activ-Go™ is a combination of a special type of malt extract that provides nourishing energy to the body; 6 vitamins (vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D) and 3 minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus) which are essential for conversion of food into energy. This process supports the efficient release of energy in the body and overall growth and development.

MILO gets its “unique taste” from the combination of the 3 core wholesome ingredients - malt extract, milk and cocoa. A specific manufacturing process that Nestlé has perfected over time further enhances flavor. MILO does not contain any additional flavors and colors (natural or artificial).

To make the delicious, champion MILO mix: 

Add 4 teaspoons of MILO powder into a cup

Add hot water and stir briskly to dissolve the powder

Add 2 teaspoons of powdered milk or 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk

Stir well and enjoy your wholesome cup of MILO! 

We recommend that you do not add sugar to your MILO, as it already contains some.


Your child can drink MILO every day as part of a balanced diet including other nutritious foods and beverages. MILO is also a good source of daily energy and nutrients for kids. The 6 vitamins and 3 minerals that MILO is fortified with support children's growth and development.

MILO is a beverage specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of children six (6) years and older. We advise that you talk to your health care professional who can make the best recommendations as to the food and drinks that will suit your child's nutritional needs.

MILO contains milk and malt which have naturally occurring sugars which make up 40% of the sugar contained in the product. The added sugar in a cup of MILO is about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons. For the perfect cup of MILO, please follow the preparation instructions on the package.

Driven by our purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, and responding to evolving consumer demands, Nestlé has set clear commitments and meaningful objectives to reduce the sugar content in our foods and beverages.

We have reduced the amount of sugar we use in our products by 39,000 tons between 2014-2016. We are on course to reduce added sugars in our products by 5% by 2020, to help people live healthier lives.

We are working hard to develop new technology and recipes that reduce sugar in our products, but still have them tasty and nourishing.

MILO was invented in Australia and first launched in 1934. In Central and West Africa, MILO was launched in Nigeria in the 1960s.Nestlé started manufacturing the brand at our Tema factory in Ghana in the 1970s. Since the 80s, MILO has also been manufactured at the Agbara factory in Nigeria.

We assure you that the quality and safety of our products is a non-negotiable priority for Nestlé. Our consumers can buy MILO products manufactured according to our high-quality standards from authorized distribution channels. Counterfeiting is an illegal activity to mislead consumers that we take very seriously. When we are made aware of the existence of counterfeit MILO products, we work closely with relevant national authorities like food authorities and customs services to ensure their removal from the market. Report any Nestlé product you suspect to be fake to the consumer services team.

MILO Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Paper Straws FAQ

Your preferred MILO RTD will use now paper straws instead of plastic. This is one of the latest actions we are taking to realize Nestlé’s global commitment to make our packaging 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025. The paper straws are recyclable and biodegradable (can break down in the earth), leading to a reduction in waste. This switch will also save nearly 60 tons of plastic straws being used in Nigeria annually.

Yes, paper straws pose no safety risk. MILO RTD paper straws are made from high-quality material that meet Nestlé’s stringent product quality standards for the safety of our consumers.

Remove the straw from the side of the package and carefully use the bottom of the straw to poke the foil seal. Sip with the straw, but don't chew it and then dispose of it properly.

No, paper straws are not a cheaper alternative to plastic. Paper straws are actually more expensive than plastic straws, but we are committed to have a positive impact on the environment and do what is right for our planet.

We moved from plastic to paper straws to make a positive impact on our planet. For your children to enjoy every drop of the drink, encourage them to sip, and not chew and let them know that they are contributing to a cleaner planet!

Though not as firm as plastic, our new paper straws are sturdy enough to pierce the seal. Carefully use the bottom of the straw to poke the seal and enjoy.

Here's how to make the most of your RTD - sip the drink with our new straws, but don't chew! Paper tends to get soggy after being immersed in liquid for a while, so we encourage you to enjoy your drink without delay.