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Demonstration at Nestlé (UK) events for health workers
See below for the list of forthcoming demonstration opportunities.
Nestlé has entered the UK market following its takeover of Pfizer Nutrition/Wyeth and the SMA formula brand. We are know seeing the aggressive marketing practices it uses in the rest of the world being used in the UK. For example, it is running a series of events targeting health workers to build contact lists and to draw them into defending the company and promoting its interests and products. The events include sessions promoting SMA produts.
Nestlé is attempting to circumvent the restrictions many health facilities have in place to stop company representatives targeting staff. In these health facilities, companies can only provide information on their products to a designated expert staff member (or a multidisciplinary committee in some regions), who will assess the accuracy and only pass on what is necessary.
In some cases, the events are on issues such as vitamin D, iron and colic. Nestlé uses misleading claims on these issues to push its products. In other cases guest speakers will speak on other child care topics to entice health workers to the event.
Health workers can obtain independent information on how best to provide nutrients and deal with health problems, together with analysis of company claims, from First Steps Nutrition Trust.
For a smartphone version of the boycott list - click here.
The campaign led by the International Nestlé Boycott Committee primarily targets Nescafé, the corporation's flagship product. But we would encourage you to boycott all Nestlé products until the company stops promoting its babymilk. Here is a guide to Nestlé's principal brands in the UK. You will also find brand information on the Nestlé website at http://www.nestle.com/ and on national Nestlé websites.
We have set up a discussion group for boycotters with questions about Nestlé's connection to particular brands. To join the group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Nestlé UK Product List (main brands)
Credit-card size cards with the main UK brands on one side and a short explanation of the boycott on the other are available in our online Virtual Shop - click here. We also stock Nescafé - No thanks! and Nespresso - No thanks! cards.
Click on the card to order.
Scroll down for the list on this page.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We list products from which Nestlé profits. So Nestlé ice cream is listed because, although Nestlé sold the company, it continues to receive payments for use of the brand name. We welcome new information regarding changes in ownership, but please remember that headline stories about brands being sold do not usually give all the details of the deal. We only remove a product from the list when we are reasonably confident that all links to Nestlé have been cut
Items marked with an * are either part-owned by Nestlé, such a L'Oreal, Body Shop, Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy (a 60:40 joint venture between Lactalis and Nestlé, which owns Rachel's Dairy) and Cereal Partners (a 50:50 joint venture with General Mills) or have been sold but there is an arrangement by which Nestlé continues to profit from them.
Branston Pickle, Crosse and Blackwell, Fox's Glacier Mints, Gales Honey, Libby's Juices, Sun Pat, Sarsons and Tartex may appear on old lists, but no longer have any link to Nestlé. Findus and Haagen Daz have no link to Nestlé in the UK.
Some brand names below link to reports in our Boycott News newsletter giving more explanation.
There is a report on own brand cereals manufactured by Nestlé's Cereal Partners business in Boycott News 32.
Last change: 7 August 2012: Rachel's Dairy has been added to the boycott list following its move into the Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy (LNCD joint venture). Lactalis purchased Rachel's Dairy in August 2010 and recently announced its move into the joint venture. Lactailis owns 60% of the joint venture and Nestlé 40%.
Coffee - Nescafé including:
Confectionery & snacks
Buitoni pasta & canned foods
Cheerios & Honey Nut Cheerios
Nestlé is the target of a boycott because it contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants around the world by aggressively marketing baby foods in breach of international marketing standards.
If you already boycott Nestlé then use the resources on this page to spread the word.
If you want to know why there is a boycott and how you can get involved, read the overview below.
Email Nestlé: Nestlé claims to believe breastfeeding is the best start in life for a child, but promotes its infant formula around the world with claims such as it "protects" babies and is the "natural start" (click on the poster, left, for examples).
Campaign blog 31 October 2013: The truth about Nestlé's CSV initiative - and how boycott supporters told the world about Nestlé's aggressive marketing of baby milks during International Nestlé-Free Week.
iPhone app: Baby Milk Action's MyMeter app is now available. This is a detector simulator - a fun way to raise the Nestlé boycott when you spot someone with a Nestlé product. Click here for details.
New t-shirts: Fight the Nestlé monster - click here.
New Nestlé Boycott page on Facebook - click here to become a fan and invite your friends. Facebook have changed the way groups work, so we've had to set up this new page.
Update 44 and Boycott News newsletter: Mothers and babies need you more than ever – Nestlé rejects meetings with Baby Milk Action – Follow the money - conflicts of interest exposed
As well as boycott materials, our online Virtual Shop has resources for health workers and mother-support groups to provide independent and accurate information. Check out the IBFAN Breastfeeding Calendar 2012 and the Infant Formula Explained DVD.
Nestlé is the target of a boycott because it contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants around the world by aggressively marketing baby foods in breach of international marketing standards. Even Nestlé's Public Affairs Manager acknowledges the boycott has widespread support.
The World Health Assembly has adopted marketing requirements for baby foods to protect breastfeeding and to ensure breastmilk substitutes are used safely if necessary. As UNICEF has said:
"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."
Although Nestlé does dispute the facts. See our briefing on Nestlé for the current situation, with images, links and references. The boycott will continue until Nestlé accepts and complies with Baby Milk Action's four-point plan for saving infant lives and ultimately ending the boycott.
Nestlé is singled out for boycott action as monitoring shows it to be responsible for more violations of the requirements than any other company. The boycott helps to stop some of the specific cases of malpractice we expose and has forced some changes in policy (see some examples here). But Nestlé continues systematic violations in those countries which have not yet brought in independently monitored and enforced legislation implementing the marketing requirements, which is another part of our strategy for protecting infant health and mothers' rights.
Evidence of Nestlé malpractice
If you doubt that Nestlé is doing anything wrong, see the monitoring evidence in our Campaign for Ethical Marketing section.
Also see the Your Questions Answered section on our archive site.
Supporting the boycott
You can register your support for the boycott via our contact page.
You can find a list of Nestlé's principal products in the UK by clicking here.
It is important to tell Nestlé you are supporting the boycott - even if only for Nestlé-Free Week. You can call Nestlé's customer care line (click here to find out what happens when you do) or send an email via the Nestlé website or through the post. Click here for a suggested letter.
Materials for promoting the boycott
You can download the posters from our archive site to promote the boycott in your locality.
If you would like to hold a meeting, why not order one of the films in our on-line Virtual Shop?
You will also find great merchandise, including our reusable shopping bags (left).
Very useful items for your campaigning are the product list cards, giving Nestlé's principal brands.
You could ask people to send letters to Nestlé as part of our Campaign for Ethical Marketing.
You can collect petition signatures and return these to Baby Milk Action so we can deliver them ot Nestlé - click here for a petition sheet.
If you would like to give a talk yourself you might like to download a powerpoint presentation and a short presentation to adapt for your own use (the text has been checked to be legally accurate - please take care if adding information of your own).
If you like role playing, you could try doing something like the Nestlé challenge stunt Baby Milk Action did at Nestlé (UK) HQ in May. Click here for details.
Keep us informed of your activities. It can help to generate international media coverage.
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If you use Twitter, you can make your avatar Nestlé-Free by adding a Twibbon (Tweet Ribbon)
The moving image and Nestlé, Good Grief! jingle given above is available for people to add to their websites and blogs. It will play automatically when the page loads, so it is recommended for a specific page explaining about the boycott or why you support it. Clicking on the image once it has loaded gives several options for what to do next. Use the code below to add it to your site. The widget will evolve over time to include new features and different jingles.
You can add a widget like this - follow the instructions.
Send an email to spread the word - see our Email Nestlé campaign
To tell people about the boycott by email, you could cut and paste the following text and adapt it to send to your friends, family and colleagues.
As you probably know, I support the boycott of Nestlé products.
According the the World Health Organisation Authority (WHO) 1.5 million babies die every year as a result of inappropriate feeding. Despite this Nestlé continues to push its baby milks in breach of international standards.
Monitoring by groups on the ground around the world shows Nestlé is responsible for more violations than any other company. That's why it is singled out for boycott action.
If you don't boycott Nestlé already, I ask that you consider looking at the evidence and giving up Nestlé products, or at least its principal brand, Nescafé coffee.
The boycott has forced some changes from the company, but it is still a long way from complying. Campaigners are also working for laws. Nestlé can comply when it is given no choice. It is not being asked to do something that is impossible, but without pressure it continues to put its own profits before infant health and mothers' rights.
You can find out more information and look at the evidence yourself on the Baby Milk Action website at:
You can sign up there to support the boycott.
It is important to tell Nestlé you will be boycotting it until it accepts and acts on the plan put to it by boycott groups for saving infant lives.
You can telephone Nestlé on the freephone number
For further information on what has been achieved since the first boycott was launched 30 years ago, and why the boycott was relaunched and continues today, click here.
If you have suggestions or designs you would like us to add to this page, please email mikebrady<AT>babymilkaction.org
If you would like leaflets and petition sheets in quantity, contact us.
The boycott is just one part of Baby Milk Action's strategy to hold the baby food industry to account. Find out more by reading our year report. You can help this work further by becoming a member of Baby Milk Action. If you are outside the UK, contact our partners in the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).