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Email update 14 October 2016

Identify Nestlé products by scanning barcodes with the Buycott smartphone app

Nestle boycott logos

Join the Nestlé boycott campaign on the Buycott smartphone app and use it to scan product barcodes to identify whether they are owned by Nestlé.

You can share our campaign page on social media so others can also join and download the app. See:

Get ready to spread the boycott in International Nestlé-Free Week: 24 October - 4 November

International Nestlé-Free Week is a time for people who boycott Nestlé over the way it pushes baby milk to do more to promote the boycott – and for those who don’t boycott to give it a go.

When people find alternative products for a week, they see it is not so difficult to join the boycott.

The week coincides with Halloween. If that is marked in your country, you could display a Nestlé-Free Zone poster in your window (download from our site).

Now is the time to order mugs, keyrings, t-shirts and other items with the Nestlé-Free Zone logo shown above.

The baby giving Nescafé the boot logo is also available on mugs.

Our credit-card sized Nestlé boycott list and Nescafé - No Thanks cards are an easy way to tell people about the boycott.

Order in our online shop:

Campaigning works. Nestlé brought its statement on support for breastfeeding into line with WHO recommendations in its response to boycotters during Nestlé-Free Week 2015. Despite this, it continues to undermine breastfeeding in the way it pushes its own products and that needs to change.

In 2014 we forced Nestlé to stop claiming its formula is the "Natural Start", but it continues to promote formula with the claim it "protects" babies.

Monitoring shows Nestlé targets pregnant women, mothers and health workers in breach of marketing standards. This month it has invited selected UK health workers on a three-day trip to visit facilities in Switzerland - spending much of the time as tourists and visiting a vineyard for dinner. Nestlé's Clinical Representatives are tasked with securing "brand endorsements".

Help us to expose what Nestlé is doing and win further changes to protect mothers, babies and their families.

Find further details and campaign resources on our Nestlé-Free Week page:

Tigers film in Nottingham and Derby

Tigers is a film by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic based on the true story of a Nestlé baby milk salesman taking on the industry with the help of IBFAN (the International Baby Food Action Network) when he realises that babies are dying as a result of his work pressuring doctors to promote formula.

The film is currently only available for special event screenings, prior to going on general release. It will be shown at forthcoming events in Nottingham (14 November) and Derby (19 November).

At both events, the 90-minute film will be followed by a Q&A session and a short talk by Dr. Diamond Emmanuel, the paediatrician featured in the film who opened the eyes of the company representative to the impact of aggressive formula marketing practices.

Visit our special Tigers page to book tickets, sign up for alerts on other opportunities to see the film, and to find out more:

Contact us if you are interested in organising your own special event.

Council of Canadians calls for Nestlé boycott over water exploitation

Baby Milk Action has been exposing Nestlé's appropriation of community water supplies for many years. In 2012, we supported a campaign by the Council of Canadians protesting against the University of Alberta awarding an honorary degree to Nestlé Chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathé.

Now the Council of Canadians is joining the call for a boycott of Nestlé products.

Its campaign page highlights Nestlé extracting water despite drought conditions in parts of southern Ontario over the summer.

"Nestlé pays just $3.71 per one million litres (less than $15 per day) for this water and then ships it out of the community in hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bottles for sale all over North America – at an astronomically marked up price.

"Between 2011 and 2015 the aquifer that supplies the main Nestlé production well dropped about 1.5 metres, while Nestlé’s water taking increased 33 per cent over the same period.

"And Nestlé just bought another well in Middlebrook, Ontario – despite the local municipality’s attempt to purchase it to safeguard their municipal water supply. Nestlé has been making profit by pumping groundwater all over the world. Communities are standing up and saying “no” to Nestlé’s water grabs and profit making off of a shared community resource."

Visit the Council of Canadians campaign page for further information.

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