Harrogate Spring bought by Danone
Bottled water brand Harrogate Spring has been bought by French food multinational Danone. The sale means that Harrogate Spring’s score nearly halves, dropping from 11 to 6.5.
Danone makes half of its money from dairy products like Activia and plant-based products like Alpro and Provamel. It already owns Badoit, Evian and Volvic. Danone is also the world’s second biggest baby milk company and has been criticised for its irresponsible marketing of infant formula in breach of international standards.
However, our guide to bottled water suggested that you ditch bottled water in favour of tap water in refillable bottles.
Is Lily's Kitchen still ethical?
Lily's Kitchen, the popular organic cat and dog food brand, has been taken over by Swiss multinational Nestlé. Nestlé is the largest food company in the world, and well-known target of the Baby Milk Action boycott.
So how does this takeover affect Lily’s Kitchen's ethical score?
Due to its acquisition by Nestlé in April 2020, Lily's Kitchen now loses marks in our rating system in a number of new categories in which Nestle already picked up negative marks, including palm oil, supply chain management, animal testing, and political activities.
Lily's Kitchen have asked us to clarify that it does not itself actively use palm oil, engage in animal testing, or have issues with its supply chain and political activities. The change in ranking is due to activities at the parent company which have been criticised.
Before its takeover by Nestlé it scored 12.5 out of 14. Unfortunately Lily's Kitchen now scores 0.5 out of 14 (as of April 2020).
Lily’s Kitchen was previously one of our Recommended brands but is sadly now one of our ‘Brands to avoid’. Check out our guides to ethical cat food and ethical dog food for the Best Buys and Recommended brands.