The great Nestle boycott

**Please note: there is now an updated Nestle boycott list as of 10/7/09. Thanks!**

Perhaps you’ve heard about the Nestle boycott before, but never really understood why it is going on. I hope the information below, including a list of all products Nestle sells, will be helpful in your quest to educate yourself on the subject.

Here’s an article – Eye witness evidence of Nestle© malpractice on eve of demonstration – with links to several other sites/articles on the topic.

Nestle© is the target of an international boycott because of its aggressive marketing of baby foods. A newspaper article and new film reveal how Nestle© continues to undermine breastfeeding, breaking international marketing standards, where laws have yet to be introduced and enforced.

See also, Formula for Disaster – a five part UNICEF documentary series available on YouTube.

This eye-opening documentary reveals how the marketing of powdered milk has caused fewer mothers to breastfeed in the Philippines – including those who can ill afford artificial milk and suffer its harmful consequences. The milk companies’ formula for profits is a formula for disaster.
Part 1 of 5
Part 2 of 5
Part 3 of 5
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Part 5 of 5

From UNICEF – Rally for breastfeeding – Mothers demand truth about infant formula

Over 100 formula feeding mothers and their babies protested in front of infant formula manufacturers’ offices, claiming milk advertisements have deceived them into giving their babies infant formula instead of breastmilk.

“My message to the milk companies is to stop deceiving those who buy infant formula,” says Nadine Sylvano, mother of five children. “They say that their milk is good for children’s brains, will make children healthy, stout and give strong bones. But it’s not true.”

Also check out Baby Milk Action

Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organization which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million infants die around the world every year because they are not breastfed. Where water is unsafe a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhea than a breastfed child.

That is why a marketing code was introduced in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Companies continue to violate its provisions. Find out how Baby Milk Action works to stop them and how you can help.

Baby Milk Action is not anti-baby milk. Our work protects all mothers and infants from irresponsible marketing.

There is even more information available on Wikipedia.

…Knowledge is power….

Poster credit: Rachael Romero, SFPB

Updated on 9/30/09:

Thank you to Julie for reminding me to get a list of Nestle’s products, which are included in the boycott. According to NestleUSA.com, here is a (very LONG) list of their USA brands. (The Nestle UK brand list can be found here.)
* 100 GRAND®
* ADDITIONS
* AFTER EIGHT® Biscuits & Mints
* ALBERS® Corn Meal and Grits
* ALPO®
* ALPO® COME ‘N GET IT®
* AQUARI-YUMS cat treats
* BABY RUTH®
* BACI®
* BEGGIN’ STRIPS® dog treats
* BENEFUL® dog food
* BIT-O-HONEY®
* BOTTLE CAPS®
* BUITONI®
* BUITONI® Risotto & Foccacia Bread Mix
* BUSY BONE dog treats
* BUTTERFINGER®
* CARLOS V®
* CAT CHOW® cat food
* CHEF-MATE®
* CHEW-RIFIC dog treats
* CHUNKY®
* COFFEE-MATE®
* COFFEE-MATE LATTE CREATIONS
* CROISSANT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* CRUCIAL®
* DELI-CAT® cat food
* DOG CHOW® dog food
* FAA
* FANCY FEAST® cat food
* FRISKIES® canned & dry cat food
* GOBSTOPPERS®
* GOOBERS®
* GOOD START® Infant Formulas
* HI PRO® dog food
* HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* KIBBLES AND CHUNKS® dog food
* KIT ‘N KABOODLE® cat food
* KITTEN CHOW® cat food
* KLIM®
* LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
* LAFFY TAFFY®
* LEAN CUISINE®
* LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches
* LIBBY’S® Pumpkin
* LIK-M-AID® Fun Dip
* MAGGI® Seasonings
* MIGHTY DOG® dog food
* MILO® powdered beverage & ready-to-drink
* MINOR’S®
* MODULEN® IBD
* MOIST & MEATY®
* NAN® Infant Formula
* NERDS®
* NESCAFE®
* NESCAFE® Cafe© con Leche
* NESCAFE® CLASICO (soluble coffees from Mexico)
* NESQUIK®
* NESTEA®
* Nestle© Healthcare Nutrition
* NESTLE® JUICY JUICE® 100% fruit juices
* Nestle© FoodServices
* NESTLE® ABUELITA®
* NESTLE® CARNATION® INSTANT BREAKFAST®
* NESTLE® CARNATION® Malted Milk
* NESTLE® CARNATION® Milks
* NESTLE® CRUNCH®
* NESTLE® dessert toppings
* NESTLE® European Style Desserts
* NESTLE® Hot Cocoa Mix
* NESTLE® Infant Formulas
* NESTLE® MIlk Chocolate
* NESTLE® NIDO®
* NESTLE® SIGNATURES TREASURES®
* NESTLE® SIGNATURES TURTLES®
* NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Candy Bars
* NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels & baking ingredients
* NIPS®
* NUTREN®
* NUTREN® GLYTROL®
* NUTREN® PULMONARY (formerly NUTRIVENT®)
* NUTREN® RENAL (formerly NUTRIRENAL)
* NUTREN® REPLETE®
* NUTRIHEAL
* NUTRIHEP®
* OH HENRY!®
* OOMPAS®
* ORTEGA®
* PEPTAMEN®
* PERUGINA® Confections
* PIXY STIX®
* POWERBAR®
* PRIA®
* PRO PLAN® dog and cat foods
* PURINA ONE®
* PURINA®
* PURINA® ESSENTIALS cat treats and dog treats
* QUALITY STREET®
* RAISINETS®
* RENALCAL®
* RUNTS®
* secondnature®
* SNO-CAPS®
* SPREE®
* STOUFFER’S®
* SWEETARTS®
* T BONZ®
* TART ‘N TINYS®
* TASTER’S CHOICE® instant coffee
* TENDER VITTLES®
* TIDY CATS®
* TRIO®
* VETERINARY DIETS
* WHISKER LICKIN’S®
* WONKA® products
* YESTERDAY’S NEWS®

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21 thoughts on “The great Nestle boycott

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! I think it’s worth mentioning that Nestle is the parent company of many common brands. So if you want to boycott Nestle, it’s not just Crunch bars you should avoid, but the following other Nestle brands (courtesy of nestle.com):
    * Carnation
    * Coffee Mate
    * Dreyer’s
    * Edy’s
    * Skinny Cow (Bummer! I didn’t know about that one!)
    * KitKat
    * Powerbar (D’oh!)
    * Baci
    * Butterfinger
    * Perugina
    * Wonka
    * Stouffer’s
    * Buitoni
    * Lean Cuisine
    * Juicy Juice
    * Nescafe
    * Nestea
    * Taster’s Choice
    * Arrowhead
    * Calistoga
    * Perrier
    * Ice Mountain
    * Alpo
    * Fancy Feast
    * Friskies
    * Mighty Dog
    * Proplan
    * Purina
    * Tidy Cat

  2. Oh no! Not my Butterfingers! Oh well, I’m tired of big business putting profits over people. And especially when babies are involved.

  3. This boycott isn’t anything new, unfortunately. I remember my mom discussing it 30 years ago. Nestle and Dow Chemical were the devil in my household.

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  7. Thankfully I don’t use their products to start with but I need to post about this. Are the many other reasons being brought up for Nestle boycotts? I missed the twitter stuff today.

  8. No offense, but why is it Nestle’s fault if someone knowingly mixes “un-safe” water with the mix. Do they need to add a line to the label that says please do not mix with contaminated water?

    And also, why is it Nestle’s fault if a mother chooses to spend money on formula rather than uses what God provides for free? I don’t think there are that many people out there that are told Sorry, you can’t breast feed, you have to use Nestle’s formula. I don’t see that as Nestle’s fault either.

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  11. Has it ever occurred to you that Nestle perhaps saves lives in third world countries? Malnourished women just can´t produce adequate milk for their babies. Formula that is given to them by health authorities does a great part in helping develop healthy babies.

    You don´t have an idea what living in a third world country is. You just sit in your ass in your comfy developed world home and judge from afar, don´t you?

    Please DO NOT boycott one of the companies that does a good job in helping those malnourished babies.

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