Nestle boycott profile


The boycott of Nestlé is the world’s longest running. It began in 1977 in response to the aggressive marketing of Nestlé baby milk formula in poorer countries.

Nestlé is now one of the most boycotted brands in the UK.

 

Breaking the rules

Monitoring conducted by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) finds the company to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company. It quotes UNICEF "Marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding are potentially hazardous wherever they are pursued: in the developing world, WHO estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. These facts are not in dispute."

IBFAN say the boycott will continue until Nestlé accepts and complies with its four-point plan for saving infant lives and ultimately ending the boycott. You can read more at

Contact: Baby Milk Action, 23 St Andrews St, Cambridge CB2 3AX, 01223 464420

See Ethical Consumers Buyers' Guide to babymilk for more

 

Here is an up-to-date list of all Nestlé’s UK brands.: 




Nescafé coffee
Alta Rica
Black Gold   
Expresso   
Fine Blend   
Gold Blend   
Partners Blend

 

*Cosmetics
Biotherm
Body Shop   
Cosmence
Garnier
Helena Rubenstein
Innéov   
La Roche-Posay
Lancôme   
L’Oréal   
Matrix   
Maybelline   
Metamorphosis   
Plénitude   
Redken
Pet Foods
Arthur’s
Bakers
BETA
Bonio
Felix   
Friskies   
Go-Cat   
Go-Dog Gourmet
One
Pro    Plan
Purina   
Spiller’s
Vital Balance   
Winalot
.

Confectionery       
Aero   
After Eights
Animal Bar   
Baci Chocolate   
Black Magic   
Blue Riband   
Breakaway   
Caramac   
Dairy Box   
Dairy Crunch
Double Cream
Drifter   
Fruit Pastilles
Heaven   
Henri Nestlé           
Collection   
Jelly Tots   
Kit    Kat    – Fairtrade
Lion Bar   
Matchmakers   
Maxibon   
Milky Bar   
Munchies
Polo   
Quality    Street   
Rolo   
Rowntrees
Smarties   
Toffee Crisp   
Toffo   
Tooty Frooties   
Walnut Whip   
Willy Wonka   
Yorkie

Bottled water
Aqua Panna
Aquarel
Buxton   
Contrex   
Perrier
Pow-wow   
San    Pellegrino
Santa Maria
Valvert   
Vittel

*Cereals
Cheerios
Golden Grahams   
Clusters
Cookie Crisp
Shreddies   
Fitnesse   
Force Flakes
Fruitful   
Golden Nuggets   
Nesquik    cereal
Shredded Wheat

Dairy products
Carnation
Coffee-Mate   
Munch Bunch           
yoghurts
Rowntree yoghurts and    ice    creams
Simply Double   
Ski    yogurts
Tip-Top  

Other drinks
Build-up   
Milo   
Nesquik   
Nestea

Processed meals
Buitoni pasta

canned foods
Herta   
Maggi

 

Items marked with an * are part-owned by Nestlé, such as    L’Oreal, Body Shop and Cereal Partners (a 50:50    joint venture with General Mills).   

For a full Nestlé brand list see http://info.babymilkaction.org/nestleboycottlist

 

 

 

Past boycotts

 

Anti-GMOs Network

Nestlé was the subject of a boycott call in Thailand by the Anti-GMOs Network. The Network had been calling on the company to adopt a GM-free policy in Thailand, accusing it of double standards (compared to Euope) and of conspiring to promote GM products with other companies.

 

Grandmothers for Peace International

Earth Island Journal reported in Autumn 1998 that during the summer of 1998, Nestle introduced a chocolate bar called "Nuclear Chocolate" to promote the film Armageddon. The bar was described as a "chocolate chain reaction" and prompted Grandmothers for Peace International to call a boycott. The campaigners argued that the confectionery product was "part of an effort to make our kids feel good about nuclear weapons, nuclear fallout and nuclear waste".

 

Pure Food Campaign

According to Co-op America Quarterly, in 1997 the US-based Pure Food Campaign launched a number of boycotts of products made by companies which said they were not opposed to the use of genetically altered crops. They included Nestle (soy-based) Crunch Bars.

 

 

 

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