Happy, Healthy Gathering at Nestle

UPDATE:  Nestle has responded to a few of PHDinParenting’s questions – PART 1 & PART 2.

I honestly didn’t think I would get to a Nestle event follow-up before my Type A Mom Conference follow-up post, but many of you were dying to know what happened at Nestle, and what I experienced while visiting.  Sorry, it’s a little lengthy.

First, let me clarify something.  There was absolutely NO drama at the Nestle event.  All the negativity  and theatrics took place on Twitter, and on Twitter only.  Most of my time in LA was spent oblivious to the controversy.  Yes, I had a handful of Twitter followers unfollow me for simply attending the event, but that still left 10,550 that respected me either way.  Thank you.

TUESDAY.

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I arrived at LAX around noon PST, and was greeted by a friendly driver from Cool Ride in baggage claim.  He already knew which baggage claim area my luggage would spit out of, which was a relief since LAX is like, big.  He loaded up my things into a nice, clean car and headed for the hotel.  He offered me two routes to the hotel: one straight shot on the highway, or through downtown.  I opted for downtown.  Have I mentioned that I’d never been to California?

We drove past USC, The Staples Center, Disney Music Hall, and a huge Catholic Church. (forgive me, I can’t remember the name)  It was awesome being in LA.  I just liked saying it.  “Hey, I’m in LA.”  Just sounds cool, right?

The_Langham,_Huntington_Hotel_&_Spa-view Speaking of cool…  When we pulled up to the Langham Huntingon Hotel & Spa, I was blown away by it’s beauty.   A bellhop took my luggage from me  while I checked in.  I went up to my room, took a look around, and heard a knock on my door.  There stood a bellhop with my luggage, a Nestle bag, and a huge, empty cardboard box.  The Nestle bag was full of goodies, including a RCA camcorder, and the box was for us to fill during our stay.  It was so nice not having to worry about finding extra room in my tiny suitcase. They had arranged shipping and everything.  Man, I needed that at BlogHer!

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By the time I was situated in my room and had all my things unpacked, I realized that I was absolutely starving.  FYI-United Airlines provides NO complimentary snack, so pack some in your purse. I figured my easiest and quickest solution was room service.  FYI-I have never ordered room service before. I picked up the phone & ordered the largest burger, fries & Coke available.  What power!  After consuming (or should I say, shoveling), I had a good 5 hours to kill until the meet & greet, so I did what any mom without kids in LA would do.  I took a 3 hour nap.  It was divine.

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After waking, I freshened up and headed down to the Lobby Lounge for the Nestle meet & greet reception.  I was happy to meet Allison Peltz, who helped organize the event, as well as Nestle team members Becky Chao, Tanuja Singeetham, Bernadette Capulong and Heidi Modarelli-Frank.  I loved the Nestle team right from the get-go.  Smart, genuine ladies.  I also caught up with fellow bloggers @reneejross, @pjmullen, @telling_dad, @ohmommy, @mombloggersclub, @makeandtakes, @thisfullhouse, @busymom, @momtalkradio, @youngmommy, @totally_toni, @1stopmom and more.  We had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with the Nesquick Bunny, chatted with everyone, and even went back into the hotel kitchen to meet Michael Voltaggio from Top Chef, Season 6!  Weird, huh?  After talking a little too late into the night with some old and new bloggy friends, I called it a night.

WEDNESDAY.

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We departed the Langham hotel for Nestle headquarters early Wednesday morning, and upon arrival, we were greeted with a smile and an awesome breakfast!  We were briefed on what the next two days would encompass, and introduced ourselves to the group.  Next, we learned about Nestle’s HUGE family of brands, which floored me.  I knew of Skinny Cow, Wonka, and even Stouffers, but was surprised to hear other brands like Jenny Craig, Juicy Juice, Purina, Friskies, and many, many more!  I didn’t realize how big of a Nestle consumer I already was, and didn’t even know it.

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For the next hour or so we met with the Nestle experts, including Nestle USA CEO, Brad Alford.  Right off the bat, @reneejross asked about the boycott.  I can probably speak for everyone in that we were all relieved to get that out right at the beginning.  He explained the history of the controversy and the WHO code.  Ironically, Nestle’s first product was baby formula, which was inspired by a baby who could not digest his/her mother’s breast milk and needed to eat.  I believe, after speaking to Nestle face-to-face, that their intention in offering formula to new moms all over the world is to help, not hurt.  It is meant for a healthy option when if nursing is not working, or as a supplement.  I can relate to babies not digesting a mother’s breast milk, or not being able to provide enough quantity to satisfy a newborn.  Been there, and cried over that. with my own.  Contrary to popular belief, Nestle does encourage and support breastfeeding among their consumers and employees.  There were nursing rooms available in the Nestle headquarters.

sidenote rant: Here’s the deal.  Boycott if you’d like, it’s your call, but do not harass or try to convert those who do not agree with you.  It is one thing to conduct a mature conversation, but quite another to defame or name call.  It is not effective, at all.

Think about it, should a pro-life advocate boycott all businesses who have pro-choice employees?  What about Christians boycotting businesses run by non-Christians?  We cannot control people’s beliefs or choices, so just have peace with your own choice and try to respect those who may have different views, as hard as it may be.

The #nestlefamily hashtag was intended for us, attendees of the Nestle event, but was instead flooded with an whole other agenda.  Again, we each have the right to speak our minds on Twitter and the like, but we, the attendees, were actually speaking to Nestle face-to-face.  We were asking Nestle  your tough questions, and sadly, it didn’t seem to matter.  Most were not listening to us, but instead arguing, which still baffles me.

I will never force my opinion on you, and in return, I ask for the same respect.  If you have a question for Nestle, please inquire at @nestlefamily or nestlefamilyinfo@casupport.com.  Thank you.

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After a productive, open discussion with the Nestle team members, it was time to visit the “candy lab” downstairs.  The lab had booths set up for Raisinettes & Cranberry Raisinettes, Nestle Crunch, & Wonka candy.  We learned about the health benefits of Cranberries, saw how a Nestle Crunch bar is made (and they just reformulated the recipe with more CRUNCH!), and got to play with the coolest Wonka candy machines ever!  No, I didn’t see any Oompa Loompas.

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I’m glad I didn’t pig out too much at the Nestle Crunch booth because it was time to eat lunch!  The best part of the lunches at Nestle were that we shared them with the test kitchen staff, including chef Christine Garboski.  The soup had Libby’s (yes, another Nestle brand) Pumpkin in it, and you would never guess!  The mac-n-cheese was made with pepperjack cheese, which is one of my favs, so I gobbled it up.  Everything I tried was very tasty and easy enough to make at home.  Check out the Nestle Kitchen site for recipe ideas.

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After lunch we took a moment  to stretch out and take deep breaths in the Nestle gym.  Yes, they have a full workout gym in their headquarters.  It felt wonderful to stretch out my neck and back, ahhhh…  Then it was on to another discussion group, where we talked nutrition innovation regarding our families.  The Nestle folks really soaked up our input, concerns, and questions.  It was a comfortable, laid back environment, and they didn’t take offense when our noses were buried in our laptops.  What can I say?  Bloggers can multi-task.

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Just when we thought that our bellies were beyond stretched from taste testing sweets, yummy lunch and cappuccinos from the Dolce Gusto machine, it was time for an ice cream social outside!  Knowing that dinner wasn’t too far away, and the fact that I have already consumed more than my fair share of Skinny Cow in my lifetime, I opted out of eating any ice cream.  Instead, I enjoyed meaningful conversation and soaked up the amazing view from the balcony of the Nestle building.

It was now time to get ready for our dinner at the Magic Castle!  We all changed clothes, primped and loaded in the bus.  I couldn’t get any pics of the Magic Castle because cameras were not allowed, but let me tell you that it was a crazy, fun place to be!  The food was delicious  (I ordered the prime rib) and the magic shows were entertaining and hilarious.  It was one of those experiences that I will probably never get to do again, so I ate it up!

Needless to say, after Wednesday, I was wiped!  I think it took me all but 5 seconds to fall asleep.

THURSDAY.

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I was so happy that we had a later start on Thursday.  Did I mention that I was still on east coast time from the Type A Mom Conference???  My schedule was a little screwy, so I needed the extra sleep!  Like Wednesday, we headed over to the Nestle headquarters and had another excellent breakfast prepared by the kitchen team.   After eating we learned about how the various ways Nestle gives back to the community.  They had an expo hall for us to tour, with booths from Jenny Craig, Purina, and more.  After the expo, we had an open discussion on food safety and the relaunch of Toll House Cookie Dough.  FYI-You should never eat raw cookie dough!

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We then ate another yummy lunch that consisted of one of my favorites, Stouffer’s lasagna.  We also had some fun table talk topics like “What is the best invention?”  They gave us a fun game  to talk home that include tons of conversation starters for dinnertime at the table.  Stouffer’s initiative is bringing families together for dinner, even if it’s only a couple days a week.  Makes sense to me, especially since so many of us sit in front of the television instead.

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The next part was so much fun!!  We walked into a room that was decorated with Nestle food and candy in Halloween and Christmas themes!  We also learned some great crafts from Marie from makeandtakes.com. (she is so adorable!)  I made a “snowball of doom” using 5 chocolate chip cookies, frosting and nerds.  I have to admit, it was a blast getting messy!  I cannot wait to do the same project with my kids.

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The day was winding up, so we had one last open discussion about the event, like things we liked  and disliked about it.  I raised my hand and told them that they did an awesome job.  I honestly had no complaints.  I never felt like I was in one place for too long, and I truly found Nestle  and their brands interesting.  They truly treated us as if we were their guests, and apologized time and time again for the treatment we received on Twitter. (which they didn’t have to do)

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We ended the day by shopping at the Nestle store (fun!), and then eating at the Twin Palms restaurant.  I ordered the steak and it was AMAZING.  Yum yum.  We ate, laughed, and reflected on our experience.  We were ready to get back home to our families, but also sad to leave one another.  There were hugs, and even tears thanks to @1stopmom.  We all really bonded during this experience, which I am thankful for.  I already miss them all.

For this being my first, real event, I was blown away from the respect we received from Nestle.  They really did value our opinions.  What did they ask for in return?  Absolutely nothing.  Nada.  You got it.  But guess what?  I would work with them again in a heartbeat.  I have already relayed my experiences to other bloggers and real life friends.  I was proud to be a part of this event, and I thank the Nestle team for including me.  You rock!

*DISCLOSURE-Nestle covered all of my travel, meals, and air fare for the Happy, Healthy Gathering event.  I was given Nestle samples and products during my stay as well.  I was not asked for anything in return (i.e. blog posts, tweets, etc.) and wrote this post out of my own free will.*

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AMY BELLGARDT is a wife and mom of two boys, as well as founder and lead blogger at Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing firm.

55 Responses to “Happy, Healthy Gathering at Nestle”

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    Erin (@erinjeany) — October 7, 2009 at 3:18 am

    This sounded like a totally awesome trip! Thank you for sharing it!

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    michelle @eCelebrating — October 7, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Love the recap! Still extremely irked at the Twitter fiasco that day. It was like a car wreck – you didn’t want to look, but you couldn’t look away.

    Anyway, it sounds like a fabulous event and very well organized. Always a bonus! So glad you got to have that experience! You deserve it!

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you, Michelle. It was an awesome experience.

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    Donna — October 7, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Amy

    The new blog layout is great!!

    I am glad your time at Nestles was enjoyable!! How fun, can’t wait to go t a blog even and meet awesome bloggers!!!

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    PJ Mullen — October 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Great recap Amy, I’m still working on mine. Lots to say, but not sure I have enough virtual paper to say it all :)

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:25 am

      It was difficult writing this post because we covered so much at the conference. I seriously scaled back, if you can believe it!

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    ohamanda — October 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Great recap–you got it all in! Now, I’ll just cut/paste your post on my blog! :)

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:25 am

      Thanks! Sure, cut & paste this post, it wouldn’t be the first time!

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    mandi @ it's come to this — October 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Looks like you had a great trip!! And I totally agree on your little “sidenote rant” – most everyone has a cause they believe in … but don’t try to force your cause on somebody else!

    Glad you had a great time!

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    Aimee Greeblemonkey — October 7, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I do appreciate hearing your side of the event! But I will say this… I think it’s perfectly acceptable for people to voice their concerns about an event within that event’s hashtag. What is not acceptable, is for people to hijack the hashtag for unrelated things and spam like so many people have been doing lately.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

      Yes, I agree Aimee.

      Tweets in that hashtag got ugly, but it wasn’t from everyone. Like I said, it’s okay to voice your opinion on an issue, like #nestlefamily, but it got a little out of hand, which made it difficult for our readers to follow the event. Thank goodness for Whrrl!

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    Loukia — October 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

    This is an awesome post! When I stopped breatfeeding my boys, at 6 months old, they started drinking Nestle Good Start formula, which they loved. I hated all the ‘badness’ that was going on twitter during the Nestle event. Very High School. As educated adults – as mothers – we should all be more supportive of one another, and how great it was of Nestle to let you ‘bloggers’ go there and get a feel for what really goes on so you can tell us first-hand! Thanks!

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 11:44 am

      Thank you, Loukia, I appreciate that. This is obviously a very sensitive issue, but it is so hard to communicate when things get ugly.

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    OHmommy — October 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Great recap Amy. It was a lovely couple of days and was so happy to have met all of your guys. It was a great group of people that I am glad I had the chance to met. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

      Me, too. I didn’t want to leave you guys.

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    Meg — October 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nestle fed my babies when I couldn’t.
    My boys went from being in the 10th percentile for weight while at 80th percentile for height to a healthy weight and height percentage.
    For that, I will forever be grateful to Netsle.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

      It’s so rare to hear a statement like that, thank you for sharing!

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    Kasandria Reasoner — October 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    So glad to hear that in spite of the twitter drama you guys had a great positive event. Thanks for sharing!
    Kasandria

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    Sharee — October 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    That seemed like an amazing trip. I’d love to do what you do someday, just starting out though. Any tips. I love your tweets to by the way!

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    shannon — October 7, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Fantastic blog post. Very well spoken. Glad you had an amazing time, and sounds like you learned alot!

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    Mommie Daze — October 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    What a fantastic event! So glad you got to participate. Nestle looks like a great company to work with, and seems like they really get the relationship building part of working with bloggers. All that Twitter drama was just too bad.

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    Melissa Multitasking Mama — October 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Good for you Amy! You certainly deserved to be there- don’t let the negativity bother you! Great post too =)

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    Steph — October 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    So cool. Thanks for the post. I followed some of the tweet drama on Twitter and wondered what really happened. It is nice to see that Nestle hosted a great group of bloggers and treated them well. And it seems like you had a great time.

    And honestly… Where would the worldbe without the NesQuick bunny???

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    mamajoss — October 7, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Amy…loved your post here. You did a great job at holding your head high and giving straight-up facts. As one of your “trillions” (hehe) of Twitter followers, I loved your tweets! Leave it to some people to strive to find the worst in things — you always find the BEST! :)

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    mamajoss — October 7, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Amy…loved your post here. You did a great job at holding your head high and giving straight-up facts. As one of your “trillions” (hehe) of Twitter followers, I loved your tweets! Leave it to some people to strive to find the worst in things — you always find the BEST! :)

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

      Thank you, hun, you are a great supporter and I appreciate that.

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    Crunchy — October 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I am glad they treated you guys great. I wouldn’t expect any less from a HUGE company. And I am sure they do mean well..marketing wise and branding wise.

    As long as you guys understand that what a company wants to be perceived as -their brand, their image – is totally different from how something is in reality made.

    Marketing and branding is supposed to make you feel good about a business.

    I don’t think Nestle is big evil corp..but just a business that’s bottom line is to make money and to make money they market to bloggers the image they want seen out there.

    Nothing evil about that…as long as you realize what they are doing and not to take the flattery to heart.

    Their marketing practices are still iffy and one of the worst out there..doesn’t make their stuff taste bad or whatever…

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

      Although the travel, hotel, and food were covered for this event, I still had to totally rearrange my family’s schedule to make this work. I probably lost money in the end when I figure in the hours of work I lost, etc. It wasn’t about getting any free or living it up, and I don’t mean to come across that way. We were there, asking tough questions, face-to-face with Nestle. It wasn’t like they were shoving chocolate bars down our throats every time we questioned something! (as much as I love chocolate) My point is that it is much easier to judge us and Nestle when you’re not actually at the event, not speaking directly to Nestle, and getting fuel from other naysayers. Did you know that Nestle told us that people rarely inquire about the boycott?

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    Lindsey — October 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Loved your post with the pics! Sounded like a great time :)

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    Michelle @ doudoubebe.com — October 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I hate to be the first person to be less than glowing, but there are some significant inaccuracies in your post that bear clarifying.

    Henri Nestle’s drive to create infant formula was based in a time of high maternal mortality/illness and poor wet nursing practices – the “intolerance” story likely arises from a misunderstanding of the causes of failure to thrive. The notion that infants will tolerate a straight cow’s milk formula and not their own mother’s milk is simply impossible – though there are certainly cases where babies need specialized formulas or breastmilk is not available to them.
    I’d also like to point out that the Nestle Event was clearly intended to create a buzz through the #nestlefamily hashtag: you can’t use an open medium like this and also impose restrictions on who gets to talk. While there were some harsh and mean-spirited words said, I’ll remind you that they went both ways (including the lobbing of the term of Nestle-Nazi at a Jewish tweeter and drawing a paralell between Oompa Loompas and child slaves in Africa).
    Nestle’s marketing practices and their avoidance/obstruction of international law (which the WHO Code is, btw) is the issue. As mothers we have the power and the motivation (some would say duty) to protect vulnerable children everywhere we can. You may disagree that Nestle harms and exploits vulnerable children, but to compare those who do believe it and act on it to bigots is offensive.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

      I appreciate your point of view, but I truly believe the CEO and Nestle team when they tell me something. I trust their word over reading articles. I have already seen false information online about the event, from people who were not even there! My point being that I would rather get information face-to-face, than read something and assume I know it all. Wouldn’t anybody?

      I do not think any Nestle blogger has the right to verbally attack the other “side”. I was not following the hashtag too closely while there, and can only speak for myself on what I experienced. I tried not to engage with those who were being ugly to me and instead blocked them.

      When I refer to the hashtag being for us bloggers, I mean it was supposed to follow and document our event. I know that Twitter is an open forum and you cannot possibly control who or what goes into a hashtag, unless it is obvious spam. For the most part, I am referring to those who used it for hate, when we just wanted to simply document and live tweet our experience. (and trying to answer follower questions as well)

      You have the right to your opinion, and I am welcome to hear it in this format, but I personally don’t agree that Nestle is to blame for these infant tragedies. To me, they are an obvious, easy target because they are a powerhouse of a corporation. Like I said before, it’s just my opinion.

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      • Michelle @ doudoubebe.com replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

        Thanks. You certainly are entitled to your opinion – though I hope when you form and publish those opinions to readers who trust you (and whose traffic pays the bills), you make clear where they come from (Nestle).
        No independent expert in the field of infant feeding could conclude that withholding breastmilk when it is available does not contribute to infant deaths. It’s not an opinion that this is true – the opinion comes in where you decide who is accountable for the practices that lead to breastmilk not being made available.
        In the same way, it’s not an opinion that children in the Ivory Coast are regularly kidnapped and made to work in cocoa processing without pay and with very little room/board. The doucmentation is overwhelming and the processors themselves do very little to hide it – Nestle has publily acknowledged the abuses in the past, as well. The opinion arises from whether a company is responsible for those abusive practices because their purchases profit the abusers.

        • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

          It will help us all when we start getting more statements from Nestle. They have the experts in each field that can answer your questions more specifically than I can.

          Here is one I just received, concerning the child labor you mentioned, that is in response to a few of PHDinParenting’s questions: http://momspark.net/response-to-phdinparenting-part-i. They are still getting information from various people on the other questions.

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    Deb — October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for your transparent account of your trip. I entirely believe that they treated you well, that’s the goal of these trips. But I don’t understand, as a writer, why you would say that online content is not important or even possibly valid? The influence of online writing is WHY companies want to work with you and why readers come back. I’m also with Aimee–a hashtag is not for you, or you would have had a private IM space. It is for the public to see–to see that you are having a fabulous time and learning–and to use for any related comments has to be part of the reciprocity of social media. Well, there was a place for intrusion-free tweets, on the Nestle page featuring attendees avatars, which I don’t entirely understand how that fits in with bloggers’ trip goals. At any rate, I think we can all learn a lot from this and am grateful for your honest accounting of how you were treated.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

      I did not say that online writing is not valid, I was referring to this issue. With something as controversial and sensitive as this is, it is best to speak in person, IMO. Even as a blogger, I believe that you have to be careful reading a third party’s perspective. For example, I just read an article today that mentioned that we were expected to blog/write in return for attending the Nestle event, which is not true at all, and was written by someone who was not present. This article is already being passed around the internet. Someone will read it and probably not think about asking an actual attendee, because it must be true if it’s published online, right? We have to be careful who we are reading, that’s all I’m sayin’.

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      • Deb replied: — October 7th, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

        I do empathize with that. I’ve been misquoted for sure. I do think that the Nestle event page with your avatars on it is what is confusing a lot of people about writing/doing PR for them.

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    Al_Pal — October 8, 2009 at 5:11 am

    This was interesting to read. I’m glad you published it.

    I saw your mention on twitter that this had been viewed many times, and commented little.

    I would guess that your “sidenote rant” is reminding people that if they don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?

    The stuff I learned as a result of the ‘twitstorm’ made me really think about buying from Nestle, and corporate buying in general. I’m going to try [harder] to buy from small, local suppliers, now.

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    • Amy Bellgardt replied: — October 8th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

      I guess you’re right, good point! (if they don’t have anything nice to say…)

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    Toni — October 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Great wrap up Amy :)

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    • Amy replied: — October 9th, 2009 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you, sweetie, miss you!

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    Vegas710 — October 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Good post and good replies, Amy. I choose to get my info from more than one source, the horse’s mouth is the best though and that’s just what you guys did. I find it so offensive that other bloggers, moms at that, assume that you and the other attendees (and the rest of us who don’t boycott) are naive.
    I read everything they tweeted (the articles they linked) and found very little evidence that Nestle is CURRENTLY a problem company.
    The “nestle-nazi” comment was in poor taste but it was a joke (anyone ever here of the “soup nazi”?) and I really don’t believe the person who mentioned oompa loompas knew that they were a slave caricature, I know I didn’t. But those comments have been picked out as representative of the non-boycotters on the twitter thread. It’s dishonest and ugly.

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    • Amy replied: — October 10th, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate that. Yes, that was my point, I think it is smart to get sources directly, when you can.

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    Bobbi Janay — October 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Looks like you had a blast.

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