Nestlé Scandal in Ethiopia
Posted by addisethiopia on July 10, 2013
In 2002, Nestlé, the world’s largest coffee company demanded that the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia repay $6 million of debt to the company. Ethiopia was suffering a severe famine at the time.
Nestlé claimed that the Ethiopian government in the 1970’s had withheld assets from them, causing the company to lose around $6 million. However, Nestlé later was forced into a humiliating u-turn to withdraw from this lawsuit after they received 40,000 letters of people expressing their anger for the company. The company agreed to re-invest any money it received from Ethiopia back into the country.
Nestlé is a Swiss business that makes some of the most recognized chocolate around the world. Kit-Kat’s, Smarties, Coffee Crisps, all of the delicious chocolate that is frequently given to kids on Halloween. Well, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for this extremely popular company after a lawsuit they had filed against the Ethiopian government was released to the public.
On another occasion, Nestlé was undergoing a diabolic experiment with Ethiopian mothers by shamelessly attacking breast feeding and mother milk to promote its own manufactured baby milks. In Ethiopia, Nestlé tested out this, and dispersed Carnation baby formula, as it says, “to help starving mothers feed their babies.” Mind you, as Ethiopian food is very spicy, these babies that were raised on the Carnation are later forced not to eat their own healthy traditional foods. Their palate, through a lack of exposure to the traditional foods through breast feeding, was accommodated to a much sweeter fare more along the lines of what Western babies would eat but alas, the kids are Ethiopians and live in Ethiopia…
The accused in a chocolate price-fixing case could face a bitter fate if convicted — millions of dollars in fines for the companies and potential jail time for the individuals.
Canada’s Competition Bureau said it is laying criminal charges against Nestle SA’s Canada arm, Mars Inc.’s Canada division and ITWAL Ltd., a network of independent wholesale distributors.
Nestlé, The Company
Market Capitalization $233.52 B As of May 2013
At a Glance
Industry: Food Processing
CEO: Paul Bulcke
Sales: $100.64 B