Nestlé Boycott

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.  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.

Many brands made by Nestlé Purina are also listed on the Uncaged website’s petfood and animal testing page under the ‘brands to boycott’ section, as these products were tested on animals.

Nestlé brands in South Africa include:

 

Coffee
Nescafé

Bottled Water
Perrier
Pure Life
San Pellegrino
Vittel

Other Drinks
Cocoa
Hot Chocolate
Milo
Nesquik
Nestea

 

Ice Cream
Bar One
Choc Stik
Country Fresh
Crunch
Dialite
Farmhouse
Heaven
Hello Kitty
Jelly Stik
Jive
King Cone
Kit Kat
Krazy Monkey
Milky Bar
Milky Cone
Milo
Orange Maid
Wafer Wizz
Confectionery  
Aero
After Eights
Baci Chocolate
Bar One

Chocolate Log
Crunch

Fruit Pastilles
Heaven
Jelly Tots
Kit Kat
Milky Bar

Milo
Peppermint Crisp
Quality Street
Rolo
Smarties
Tex
Toffee Crisp
Willy Wonka

Pet Foods
Friskies
Purina

Cereals*
Cheerios
Fibre 1
Milo

Milk products
Cremora
Klim
Nespray
Nido

Baby Food
Cerelac
Nestum

Cosmetics*
Body Shop
Garnier
Lancôme
L’Oréal
Maybelline
Redken

Other foods
Maggi
Chilli Sauce
Lazenby

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

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.

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.

Source: www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts/currentboycottslist/nestleboycottprofile.aspx

 

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