Look Out For Your Baby's
Health -- Nestle Buys Gerber
Nestle SA recently bought Gerber Products Co. for $5.5
billion. This move gave Nestle, already the world's biggest
food and drink company, the largest share of the
world-wide baby food market.
Nestle was already the world's largest manufacturer of
infant nutritional products, but sold no baby food in
the United States. Gerber dominates the U.S. baby food
market with a 79 percent share.
Nestle bought the company from pharmaceutical maker
Novartis SA. Recently, Nestle also acquired Novartis Medical
Nutrition and weight control company Jenny Craig.
San Francisco Chronicle April 12,
CEE--Foodindustry.com April 12,
I have clear memories of Gerber baby food products when my
twin brother and sister (who are 11 years younger than me) were
growing up. I thought that was the best food they could
I held that impression even into medical school and believed
that rice cereal would be one of the best foods to feed a baby
once they started eating food.
But that was not at all correct.
Sure they needed some soft food, but a highly refined
high-sugar cereal was not what they were designed to eat.
Freshly pureed organic vegetables would have been far more
nutritious. Hopefully you won't make the same mistake my mom
did when she fed me.
Now, some high-rollers in the business world may applaud the
purchase of Gerber Products by Nestle SA. However, there is absolutely no
health upside to this news if you are a parent with a small
Chalk it up to one of the most unethical and devious
marketing moves ever pulled in the history of the planet:
Nestle's long and sordid history of pushing third-world women
away from breast-feeding so they could sell them their vastly
inferior infant formula. Sacrificing the future health of
innocent babies for profits is unconscionable.
How could you EVER possibly trust such a company to have any
intent to provide a high-quality product?
The Gerber purchase also caught the attention of the
International Baby Food Action Network
(IBFAN) who pointed out, according to an independent
survey, that Nestle is one of the most boycotted brands in the world and tops
in the UK.
Nestle's latest acquisition, IBFAN says, puts them in
a stronger position to compete toe-to-toe with breastfeeding,
the safest, healthiest means to nourish your child and protect your health. If you're unable to
breastfeed your baby, I urge you to review this series of
articles I posted on healthier alternatives to conventional baby
Stay away from Gerber. Avoid it like the plague. It was
never that great anyway and now makes absolutely no sense. Take
a few extra minutes and prepare your own baby food from
scratch. It is far less expensive, but more importantly, it
is FAR more nutritious and will go a long way toward
providing your child with a firm foundation of health.
Source: mercola.com - the world´s No. 1 health