A few weeks ago when Nestle contacted me about beginning a relationship with them (their words), I was actually uncertain. I don’t eat Hot Pockets, buy Juicy Juice or stock Stouffer’s frozen lasagna. However, I do love several of their products (hello, break and bake cookies!!). Plus, Nestle is a big brand and I thought it might be fun stuff to pass on to you. (Anyone remember the HUGE boxes of Little Debbies?!)
When I found out a bloggy event would be coupled with this new relationship, I was really excited—I would have the opportunity to meet with some fun bloggy friends AND even better, I’d be in California where my dad’s four sisters live. And I’d probably get some free cookies. It was a total win-win situation.
Then I got on twitter.
And there was a BARRAGE of nasty tweets about how horrible Nestle is–how they use child slave labor to make chocolate. How Nestle kills babies by convincing mothers that formula is better than breastfeeding. AND then blasting (yes, blasting) the attendees for ignoring and selling out for a free hotel room and plane ride. It’s been so venomous that the bloggers at the event have felt personally attacked. It’s so shocking because the main thing I love about the blogosphere is the wonderful supportive community.
As the twitter storm got to it’s climax this afternoon, the VP of Communications (aka BIG WIG) from Nestle jumped on twitter himself to answer questions and put out some fires for us. And let me tell you, THAT makes me love Nestle. Taking care of people on this level shows me they take care of people on other levels (ie. children, workers in other countries).
Just being on this event does NOT make me an expert. It does NOT make me a spokesman. It doesn’t make me brand loyal or a “nestle blogger”. I’m not even a professional blogger or writer. I’m just a mom who’s had a an experience with a company. And the experience has been positive. Every Nestle employee has answered our (including the twittersphere’s) questions with HONESTY. They’ve had immediate responses and stopped to give us websites, info and real dialogue.
I may not be an expert on past decisions, current practices or global statistics…but I am smart enough to read people and feel honesty and passion. I’m not a carpet bagger, a corporate shill or a gold digger. I’m just a mom blogger who got an opportunity. That’s all.
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I’m not linking to anyone in this post b/c I don’t want more traffic going out into this ridiculous situation. If you randomly come here via twitter, please don’t give me a stat or a website. Believe me, I’ve already seen them all. And you should be impressed at my restraint in not returning the blasting. If you are not a blogger and have no idea what I’m talking about, why don’t you just scroll down and see my Disneyland photos—it’s much more interesting, I assure you.