Nestlé Pulls Back Further from Russia

March 23, 2022
After harsh criticism, including from the president of Ukraine, Nestlé has scaled back the products that it plans to produce and distribute in Russia.

After harsh criticism, including from the president of Ukraine, Nestlé has scaled back the products that it plans to produce and distribute in Russia.

Nestlé now says that it will confine its production in Russia to infant foods and veterinary and medical nutrition products. It had previously announced that it would cease all “nonessential goods,” but critics noted that these seemed to include confectionery and coffee. Nestlé has about 7,000 employees in Russia.

Ukrainian officials had repeatedly called Nestlé out for continuing to do business in Russia after its invasion. Prime minister Denys Shmyhal tweeted at CEO Mark Schneider to stop “paying taxes to the budget of a terrorist country,” and president Volodymyr Zelenskiy criticized Nestlé by name in remarks broadcast to a demonstration in Switzerland, the company’s home country.

Nestlé also got slammed when its chief in Europe said during an internal company webcast that the company’s Ukrainian workers “should be united” with its Russian workers, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “People really, really started getting mad,” a Ukrainian employee told the Journal.

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