Farmers claim that Nestlé’s plant-based variety will not be sustainable, prompting outrage.
NESTLÉ, the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer, is receiving backlash from farmers after announcing a choice of non-dairy, plant-based alternatives to its milk and chocolate. Farmers are concerned that they will not be more ecologically friendly as a result.
Nestlé is the world’s largest maker of dairy products, with brands such as Milkybar, Smarties, KitKat, and Aero. Hundreds of thousands of farmers with millions of cows furnish the milk for the company’s confectionary all over the world. Livestock ranchers have been outraged by the news of the new plant-based range.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider was in the UK to promote a range of non-dairy, plant-based alternatives to its milk and chocolate ahead of a key climate summit in Scotland next month.
The corporation anticipates a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the relocation.
Agriculture is considered to be responsible for roughly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with methane from cows playing a role.
According to Mr Schneider, the move was made in reaction to consumers’ shift away from dairy products and toward plant-based alternatives.
Milk, such as oat milk or soya-based products, fall into this category.
“We believe that eating less meat and dairy is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for nutrition and health, as well as a significant commercial opportunity,” he said.
Mr Schneider, on the other hand, advised consumers that the alternative goods would be more expensive than their dairy counterparts, with the goal of lowering the price over time.
“The first unit is always going to be a little more expensive, this is a hump you have to get over, and then economies of scale kick in at some point, making them more affordable,” he stated.
“Some consumers are willing to pay a premium now for things that pave the way for that,” the CEO stated.
Livestock farmers, on the other hand, have raised reservations about plant-based alternatives, with some doubting that they will be more sustainable.
Gareth Wyn Jones, a Conwy hill farmer with a significant social media following, has stated that he will not be supporting the company this Christmas.
“I will not be buying Quality streets this Christmas, or at any time,” he declared.
Farmers were also sceptical about whether moving to non-dairy milk would make them more sustainable.
“The company was literally. “Brinkwire Summary News,” wrote Hailey Alcock in one response.