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Pepsi, Coke Donating Water to Flint

Walmart and Nestle, too

(Newser) - Walmart and several global beverage-makers have pledged to deliver about 175 truckloads of bottled water to Flint as the Michigan city deals with a public health emergency caused by lead-tainted water, the AP reports. The retail giant, along with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle, announced Tuesday the collective donation will include... More »

Slaves Might Be Catching Your Seafood

Report details abuses in Thailand

(Newser) - Something to ponder about the origins of your seafood: A new report commissioned by food giant Nestle finds that most seafood workers in Thailand—the world's biggest exporter of shrimp—are migrants from Cambodia or Myanmar brought into the country illegally by traffickers and sold to boat captains, who... More »

Nestle's Been Bottling Calif. Water With Expired Permit

Environmental groups file suit against US Forest Service

(Newser) - In the midst of a historic drought, Nestle bottled approximately 68,000 gallons of water from California's San Bernardino National Forest every day last year. It paid only an annual fee of $524 for the privilege. Oh, and its permit to do so expired 27 years ago. The Desert ... More »

Court: KitKat Can't Trademark Its 4 'Fingers'

Nestle's lost this round in long legal battle with Cadbury ... for now

(Newser) - It started with a candy wrapper and ended (for now) in a courtroom. Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its "four-fingered" KitKat have been rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that shape alone isn't enough to recognize it as a KitKat, the BBC... More »

Nestle Could Lose Huge Market Over Noodle Scare

India seeks damages from multinational for first time

(Newser) - India is seeking damages from Nestle after reports of excess lead in its popular Maggi instant noodles sparked a nationwide recall, Reuters reports. The claim, filed by a government commission that represents consumers, marks the first time India has pursued damages from a multinational corporation. Since early May, several state... More »

Nestlé Boss: Close Plant? I'd Use More Calif. Water

Tim Brown: 'We feel good about what we're doing'

(Newser) - Starbucks may have succumbed to pressure and moved its bottled water operation out of parched California, but Nestlé will "absolutely not" follow suit. In fact, despite demonstrations and a slew of online petitions (like this , this , and this ) aimed at getting Nestlé to stop what it's doing,... More »

Starbucks Bottled Water Exits Parched California

Ethos operation moves temporarily to Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Starbucks will shift its bottled water operation out of California as the state's lengthy drought intensifies . The coffee chain says it will move production of its Ethos water to Pennsylvania for six months while it searches for an alternative West Coast source, NBC News reports. "We are committed... More »

Nestle Permit to Bottle Water in California Expired in 1988

Desert Sun newspaper investigation finds little state oversight

(Newser) - The water shortage in California has people cutting down on shower times and keeping usage to a minimum—which has led activists to rail against Nestle Waters, accused of profiting off its water-bottling operations at the expense of the environment, Newsweek reports. Backing up these claims is an investigation by... More »

Hot Pockets Recalled Over 'Diseased' Meat

As Rancho Feeding Corp. recalls almost 9M pounds of meat

(Newser) - As if Hot Pockets weren't questionable enough, a bunch of them are being pulled from shelves because they might contain diseased meat. Nestlé is recalling certain batches of the Philly Steak & Cheese flavor as well as the Croissant Crust Philly Steak & Cheese flavor, KTLA reports, because those... More »

Nestle Drops Dairy Farm Over Animal Abuse

Undercover video shows sick cows stabbed, whipped

(Newser) - Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm yesterday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and whipping sick and injured cows. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says that he fired two employees and assigned... More »

Google's New Android: KitKat

Version 4.4 comes with candy bar tie-in

(Newser) - Will Google's new version of Android be chunky—or breakable? The company has given the tech world a sweet surprise by announcing that version 4.4 will be called "KitKat" instead of Key Lime Pie as previously signaled. The move is seen as a marketing coup for the... More »

Chocolate Prices Rigged: Canada

Nestle, Mars charged; Hershey already expected to plead

(Newser) - The Canadian branches of Nestlé and Mars were both slapped with criminal charges yesterday, with Canada's Competition Bureau accusing both of price-fixing the chocolate market following a 5-year investigation. Hershey was also party to the scheme, which dates to 2007 and earlier, but the bureau recommended leniency because it... More »

Horse Meat Scandal Hits Nestle

'Beef' meals yanked in Italy, Spain

(Newser) - The horse meat scandal galloping across Europe hasn't spared the world's biggest food company. Nestle, which previously insisted that its beef products had not been affected, has withdrawn beef pasta meals sold in Italy and Spain after DNA tests revealed that they contained more than 1% horse meat,... More »

Lean Cuisine Ravioli: Now With Glass Shards

Nestlé recalls product after shards found inside

(Newser) - If you have any Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli in your freezer, you might want to think twice before eating it. Nestlé Prepared Foods Co. has issued a recall for the product, the AP reports, over a tiny, little problem: Consumers reported finding glass shards in it. Officials say affected products... More »

Starbucks Rolls Out Single-Serve Espresso Maker

It's a gamble in a drip-coffee world

(Newser) - Desperate for a Starbucks latte? Now you won't have to make that arduous 15-foot journey to your nearest location. That's because the company has rolled out its single-serve espresso machine on its website; it'll hit Williams-Sonoma and other stores in early October and come to Starbucks' own... More »

Cadbury Now Owns This Color

Defeats Nestle in war over classic purple

(Newser) - It took a three-year battle, but Cadbury has finally won the official rights to its historic purple color. The candy company had the color, pantone 2865c, trademarked in 2008, but Nestle said the color wasn’t unique enough to deserve a trademark. Now UK officials have ruled that the shade... More »

Plastic in Meatballs Prompts Lean Cuisine Recall

Company doesn't think many boxes were affected

(Newser) - At least it's not salmonella: Lean Cuisine issued a recall today because some of its meatballs might have a little red plastic in them, reports the Healthland blog at Time. Parent company Nestlé recalled Spaghetti With Meatballs in the Simple Favorites line with the production code 0298595519 P. Nestlé didn't... More »

Nestle's Plan to Trim Your Waist: Trick Your Belly

Scientists pursue fullness-inducing food

(Newser) - Scientists at Nestle are working on food to fool our stomachs. They’re studying the “gut brain”—which tells us when we’re hungry and when we’re full—in an effort to develop products that will keep us feeling full longer and thus reduce overeating, the Wall ... More »

Jenny Craig Bets French Women Do Get Fat

Nestle brings its diet program to Europe

(Newser) - Contrary to popular belief, French women do get fat, or at least that's what Nestle is banking on: The company's Jenny Craig diet program hits the country tomorrow, and will expand to Britain next quarter. "The French have a negative reaction to American food," says a Jenny Craig... More »

Nestle Scraps Milk Deal With Mugabe Farms

Critics threatened company boycott over 'blood milk'

(Newser) - Nestle will stop buying milk from Zimbabwean farms seized by the wife of Robert Mugabe after human rights advocates called for an international boycott of the Swiss conglomerate's products. The leader of a South African right group tells the Telegraph he's happy Nestle was giving up "blood milk."... More »

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