Nestlé blocks Greenpeace YouTube video - tries to hide links to forest destruction

Press release - 18 March, 2010
Sydney, Thursday, March 18, 2010: Today, the world’s leading food and drinks company, Nestlé had Greenpeace’s new video removed from YouTube. This is an apparent attempt to silence the truth that some of its most popular brands use palm oil from destroyed rainforests and peatlands.

Activists outside Nestlé's Sydney headquarters asking the global food giant to stop using palm oil in its products that comes from destroyed forests. The demand for palm oil is driving orang-utans to the brink of extinction.

"Nestlé today admitted that they have been using palm oil from the destroyed rainforest homes of the last orang-utans in products such as KitKat, but having our video removed proves they are still trying to hide that fact.

"We'll continue to put the video up on other websites until Nestlé removes all rainforest destroying palm oil from its supply chain," said Greenpeace's Head of Campaigns, Steve Campbell.

The video, which was launched overnight and is now being hosted on other websites, parodies Nestle's KitKat ads and shows an unwitting office worker taking a break to enjoy a KitKat but instead bites into an orang-utan's finger. The video can be viewed at www.greenpeace.org/kitkat

Overnight, protests took place across Europe. Around 100 Greenpeace activists went to Nestlé's headquarters and factories in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. They called on Nestlé staff to urge the company to stop using palm oil from the world's worst suppliers in Indonesia.

Greenpeace's damning report, 'Caught Red-Handed', exposes how Nestlé is sourcing palm oil from suppliers that are destroying the rainforest and carbon-rich peatlands, pushing orang-utans to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change. (1)

Globally, Nestlé is a major consumer of palm oil. In the last three years, its annual use has almost doubled, with 320,000 tonnes of palm oil going into a range of products, including KitKat. (2)

Contact:

Communications Officer: Jessa Latona 0488 208 465

Head of Campaigns: Stephen Campbell 0419 227 695

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http://www.greenpeacemedia.org Username: photos Password: green

Notes:

(1) Caught Red-Handed: How Nestlé's Use of Palm Oil is Having a Devastating Impact on Rainforest, The Climate and Orang-utans at: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/caught-red-handed-how-nestle

NOTE: Globally, KitKat is one of the best-known Nestlé products containing palm oil. In the United States, KitKat is a licensed to Hershey Foods Corporation through an original agreement executed with Rowntree Products in 1969. In 1988, Nestlé purchased Rowntree and markets KitKat products worldwide outside of the United States.  The Greenpeace report does not examine Hershey Foods Corporation's palm oil sourcing.

(2) In communication with Nestlé October 2007, it admitted to using 170,000 tonnes of palm based oil. By February 2010, it said its use had risen to 320,000 tonnes. See Nestlé response to BBC Panorama questionnaire sent to major food manufactures in the UK, in connection to its programme "Dying for a biscuit", 22 February 2010: http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/panorama_Nestlé.pdf.

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