Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Depressing Nestle List

I really, really wish Nestle didn't own Uncle Tobys. We can choose between Nestle, Kelloggs or God Botherers for our breakfast cereal.

Anyway, in case you were wondering just how depressingly long the Nestle brand list is (the modified for Australia list):


Nescafé including:

  • Alta Rica
  • Black Gold
  • Blend 37
  • Cap Colombie
  • Cappuccino
  • Caro
  • Decaff
  • Expresso
  • Fine Blend
  • Gold Blend
  • Kenjara
  • Nescafé Ice
  • Organic
  • Partners Blend

Dairy products:

  • Carnation
  • Coffee-Mate
  • Extreme Viennois
  • Fussells
  • Ideal
  • LC1
  • Munch Bunch yoghurts
  • Rowntree yoghurts and ice creams
  • Simply Double
  • Ski yogurts
  • Sveltesse yogurts
  • Tip-Top

Confectionery & Snacks:

  • Aero
  • After Eights
  • Allens Confectionery
  • Animal Bar
  • Baci Chocolate
  • Bertie Beetle
  • Black Magic
  • Blue Riband
  • Breakaway
  • Caramac
  • Chips Ahoy!
  • Chocolate Cuisine
  • Colgate Dental Gum
  • Dairy Box
  • Dairy Crunch
  • Double Cream
  • Drifter
  • Fab
  • Fruit Pastilles
  • Fruit Tingles
  • Heaven
  • Henri Nestlé Collection
  • Jellytots
  • Kit Kat (except in the USA)
  • Kit Kat Chunky (except in the USA)
  • Lifesavers
  • Lion Bar
  • Lyons Maid Ice Cream
  • Matchmakers
  • Maxibon
  • Milky Bar
  • Minties
  • Munchies
  • Nerds
  • Nestlé Ice Cream
  • Polo
  • Quality Street
  • Rainbow Nerds
  • Rolo (except in the USA)
  • Rowntrees Fruit Gums
  • Smarties
  • Toffee Crisp
  • Toll House products
  • Toffo
  • Tooty Frooties
  • Violet Crumble
  • Walnut Whip
  • Willy Wonka products
  • Yorkie


  • Choc Wedge
  • Dixie Cup
  • Drumstick
  • Eskimo Pie
  • Frosty Fruits
  • Heaven
  • Maxibon
  • Miniz
  • Peters Ice Cream

Contact lens care:

  • Alcon

Mineral/bottled water:

  • Aqua Panna
  • Aquarel
  • Buxton
  • Contrex
  • Perrier
  • Pow-wow
  • San Pellegrino
  • Santa Maria
  • Valvert
  • Vittel

Other drinks:

  • Alpen Blend
  • Build-up
  • Caro
  • Ecco
  • Milo
  • Nesquik
  • Nestea
  • Sunshine Milk Powder

Meals / Sauces/ Ingredients:

  • Buitoni pasta & canned foods
  • Chef-Mate
  • Country Cup-a-Soup
  • Cross & Blackwell Branston Pickle
  • Findus Frozen Foods
  • Herta
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Maggi (all products – including 2 minute noodle range)
  • Osem/Tivall
  • Papa Guiseppi
  • Rowntrees Jellies
  • Thomy Delikatess Mayonnaise


  • Cheerios & Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Cinnamon and Golden Grahams
  • Clusters
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Shreddies
  • Fibre 1
  • Fitnesse
  • Force Flakes
  • Fruitful
  • Golden Nuggets
  • Incredibites
  • Nesquik cereal
  • Shredded Wheat including: Bitesize, Fruitful, Honey Nut
  • Shreddies: Coco and frosted
  • Space Food Sticks
  • Uncle Tobys


  • Biotherm
  • Body Shop
  • Cosmence
  • Garnier
  • Helena Rubenstein
  • Innéov
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Lancome
  • L’Oreal
  • Matrix
  • Maybelline
  • Metamorphosis
  • Plénitude
  • Redken

Pet Foods:

  • Arthur’s
  • Bakers
  • Beneful
  • BETA
  • Bonnie
  • Bonio
  • Fancy Feast
  • Felix
  • Friskies
  • Go-Cat
  • Go-dog
  • Gourmet
  • Mighty Dog
  • One
  • Pro Plan
  • Purina
  • Spiller’s
  • Tidy Cats
  • Vital Balance
  • Winalot

Dietary / Healthcare Products:

  • Jenny Craig
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Novartis
  • Optifast Dietary Products (shakes, soups etc)
  • Weight Watchers

Medicated Remedies:
(All Allens Products) plus:

  • Anticol
  • Butter Menthol
  • Honey and Eucalyptus
  • Quick Eze
  • Soothers
(Ripped off, without permission, from here, but I think they'd be happy for it to be re-published)

At least they don't own Moccona - because if I couldn't buy any instant coffee, my children may be in danger....

And in case you are wondering why I am talking about Nestle anyway, the recent round of publicity has pushed me to pay more attention to not buying their stuff (I've been half arsed avoiding them for a while, but I really can't justify it) - I doubt my need for Fruit Tingles out does the need to not support this company. For a nice round up of what the hell I'm talking about, go have a look at this.


  1. Tim and I were just talking about this last night--how these huge companies own so much of everything.

    He said they sit there and talk about how we need economic freedom. It's bullshit. It seems almost everything is owned by one of five big companies.

    Did you hear Kraft is trying to buy Cadbury?

    Anyway...are you boycotting Nestle because of the breastfeeding/formula issues...or some other reason?

  2. Okay. I looked it up. The Mugabe thing.... I'm guessing that's why you're boycotting.

    It looks like the boycott may have worked. Can I believe what I'm reading?

  3. No, I didn't hear that Kraft want to buy Cadbury. *shudder* It's particularly terrifying when so much of our food supply is owned by such a small group of companies.

    The reason for my attempting to boycott Nestle (and I do mean attempting - that's a long list!) is a bit of a combination of the formula pushing, their utter disregard for sourcing ethical chocolate and their general contempt for public opinion. The most recent stunt with #nestlefamily has really shown just how little respect they have for the general public.

    Also, I think it perhaps represents a tiny baby step for me to start thinking more broadly about how I spend my money. I tend to think about it carefully, but then when I decide I need something, I make an exception "just this time". If I can actually really not buy Nestle for a real length of time, it might prove to me that I am not dependent on things I have always bought.

    Uncle Tobys is a big loss though!

  4. I tried boycotting Sanitarium once due to their abuse of their religious status. I lasted about a year, and that's just Sanitarium! Then there's Kellogs who coat Nutragrain in a glaze to give it its advertised minerals and vitamins.

    I have sadly resigned myself to the idea that, were I to boycott every unethical company, I'd have to be totally self-sufficient.

  5. Yes, indeed - the fact that I am attempting to boycott Nestle while supporting the religious raving looneys that are Sanitarium has been a source of amusement round here.

    I guess I am trying to prove to myself that I can manage something as a matter of principle. Maybe greater things will come of it.

  6. Hi, I just clicked through from http://hoydenabouttown.com/20091026.6893/femmostroppo-reader-october-26-2009/

    Just on the item of instant coffee, since I'm a coffee nut:

    Jasper Coffee do a fair trade Organic Instant (along with a zillion types of real coffee). :-)


  7. Forget Uncle Toby's, forget Kellogs, and forget Sanitarium.

    Lowan Whole Foods have a really good Wholegrain Rolled Oats, which comes in a 1 kg bag.

    Naturally it is NOT at eye-level, usually about knee-high, in amongst the 'also-ran' cereals.

    Gae, in Callala Bay

  8. @thorfinn: Thanks for the link, I will look into that!

    @Gae: I buy other-brand muesli and rolled oats. My kids make concoctions of at least 3 kinds of cereal-type products each morning. The trouble I have with most of the alternatives is that they are bit heavy and tend to give me heartburn (both porridge and muesli do that) for some reason. But you're right, in my supermarket the other-brands are not even on the same side of the aisle. Just about behind the sign marked "Beware of the leopard".

  9. I've been boycotting Nestle forever... well since 1997 when I learnt of their unethical behaviour. For other purchases I try to use:




    to decide what brands are more ethical than others. Which guides my fuel provider (BP).


  10. Thanks Rebecca - it's interesting to see who owns what in an up to date way. The Ethical site is an excellent distillation of information - I love that I can assess whether I agree with the rating they give the company.

    It could take me some time to work through what I buy!