Nestlé ceases to source Brazil soy from Cargill


By Jane Byrne, Feed Navigator



The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé, has stopped buying Cargill’s Brazilian soy because of concerns about the link to deforestation.


A Nestlé spokesperson confirmed the key elements of the WSJ story as they pertain to the food and beverage giant.


“We stopped sourcing soy from Brazil from Cargill in May 2019. This was because of its inability to deliver traceable soy and because of recent changes in its policy regarding deforestation in Brazil,”​ he told FeedNavigator.


He said that over the past 10 years, Nestlé has been leading the way in its efforts to end deforestation across its supply chain.


“We’ve developed an integrated approach with a combination of certification, supply chain mapping, on-the-ground verification and satellite surveillance. We are accelerating our work and expect around 90% of our global key agricultural commodities to be verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020, up from 77% in April 2019.​ ​


“We will continue to work to get close to 100% in the next three years, ensuring to be inclusive of small farmers.​ ​


“For Brazil, for most of the commodities we buy, we have [ensured] they are not linked with deforestation activities. However, for meat byproducts and indirect soy used in feed for animals, we are still finishing our mapping and verification exercise. This is planned to be completed during the first quarter of 2020.” ​


Nestlé needs to go further and hold Cargill accountable for its corporate behavior across the board, said the US-based environmental not-for-profit group, Mighty Earth, reacting to the WSJ article.


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