BOYCOTT FOOD & DRINK
July 1998 Danone opened its R&D facility in Israel – the Danone Insitute, and later the same year in October 1998
Mr. Franck Riboud, on behalf of Danone received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Danone owns a 20% share of Israel’s
second largest food company, the Strauss Group. Danaone Israel is the hub supplying Danone products to the whole Middle-East
including Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Jordan.
food company Tivall is one of the world’s leading suppliers of meat-substitute products. It has a turnover of $74
million and has 451 employees It has a manufacturing base at Kibbutz Lochamei Hagetaot in Northern Israel, and a new
facility in the Czech Republic.
Tivall brand products can mainly be found in health food stores – their website mentions
Holland & Barrett, Fresh & Wild, and Planet Organic. But most of their sales are through the supermarkets who rebrand
Tivall products as part of their own frozen “Meat-free” range. This includes Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
Morrisons also stocks Tivall brand Frankfurter. Waitrose online site Ocado sells a full range of Tivall products.
is Israels 4th largest food & beverages company (by turnover) after Tnuva, Strauss and Coca-Cola. It has a turnover
of $712 million and nearly 5000 employees with 14 factories in Israel.
Its brands include Beit Hashitah (pickles), Of Tov (frozen meat
products), Habait (ready made cakes) and Sabra Salads (ready-made salads and spreads). Osem also owns 58% of meat-substitute
manufacturer Tivall Foods.
to Osem’s website its products are sold in Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrison, with each store marketing
them under their own label. Waitrose online site Ocado sells a range of Osem products from soups, crackers and croutons.
Tesco online sells a range of Osem cakes.
In April 2009, Osem UK announced its acquisition of Yarden GB. Yarden GB’s product range
includes chilled meats and Yarden wines from the Golan Heights Winery, located in Katzrin on the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
Golan Heights Winery exports 38% of all Israeli wines, its wine brands also include Gamla and Golan. According to Yarden
GB’s website its products are available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Budgens, Somerfield, Waitrose and Harrods.
Waitrose online site Ocado sells a range of Yarden meat and houmous products.
Straus Group is Israels second largest food company with a turnover $1.8 billion in 2010 and 13,500 employees operating
twenty-five production sites in twenty-one countries around the world. Its brands in the USA include Sabra (hummus dips)
and Max Brenner (chocolate cafes). Strauss Coffee is currently the fifth-largest coffee company in the world, dominating
the central and eastern European markets (Doncafe) as well as Brazil.
The Strauss Group on its website, on the page on “Corporate
Responsibility – Community Involvement” reveal their deep rooted support for the Israeli army, and in particular
the infamous Golani platoon, known for its brutality, which the Strauss group has “adopted” for over 30 years.
is the world’s largest food company, it owns 53.8% share of leading Israeli food manufacturer Osem, an investment
worth over $850 million.
1998, Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe on behalf of Nestle, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Following the award in June 2002 Nestle opened its Research & Development Centre in Israel, in Sderot. And since then
it has steadily increased its investment in Israel, its initial 10% stake in Osem has now grown to a controlling 53.8%.
Nestle also owns Nespresso Israel Ltd in Tel Aviv which supplies coffee brewing equipment. In 2010 Nestle acquired a 51%
stake in Israeli babyfood company Materna Laboratories for $72 million.
Nestle has 9 factories in Israel, which after China(18) and Russia(11)
is the highest number in any country in Asia – disproportionately high when one considers its size and population.
And in May 2011, Nestle announced plans to build another factory in Israel, an ice cream plant worth $40 million.
Nestlé also owns 30% stake
in L’Oréal, another company on the boycott list.
1966 Coca-Cola has been a staunch supporter of Israel. In 1997 the Government of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola
at the Israel Trade Award Dinner for its continued support of Israel for the last 30 years and for refusing to abide by
the Arab League boycott of Israel.
Every year Coca Cola bankrolls the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Awards which honors companies
that have contributed most to the Israeli economy. In 2009 a Coca-Cola sponsored award went to Israel’s Lobby AIPAC
for its successful lobbying of the Senate to reject of the UN call for “immediate ceasefire” and endorse the
continuation of the Israel military assault on Gaza.
In 2008 Coca-Cola tasked the Israeli venture capital Challenge Fund to locate
suitable investments in Israel with a promise of “a blank cheque” . This agreement is exceptional in the Israeli
venture capital industry.
2009 Coca-Cola hosted a special reception at the Coca-Cola world headquarters to honour Brigadier-General Ben-Eliezer. Ben-Eliezer
is a wanted war criminal, during the Six-Day War his unit was responsible for the execution of over 300 Egyptian POWs. Under
Sharon, Ben-Eliezer served as Defence Minister presiding over the massacre at Jenin.
For the past two decades, nearly every year,
Coca-Cola has sponsored the JCC Maccabi Games whose stated aim is to cultivate Jewish youth in an informal setting to “encourage
their identification with the state of Israel”. As part of this, Coca Cola has sponsored young children to visit Israeli
military bases and spend time with war criminals in order to engender empathy, in their own words “visit an air force
base.. talk with the pilots that are the elite Israel Defense Force units..meet fighters of the army.”.
Coca-Cola Israel, Israel’s
third largest food & beverages company, owns dairy farms in the illegal Israeli settlements of Shadmot Mechola in the
Jordan Valley and a plant in the industrial zone of Katzerin in the occupied Golan Heights.
Springs is an Israeli water cooler company that in Israel steals water from the Salukia spring in the the illegally occupied
Syrian Golan Heights. This is in violation of UN resolution 242 and Article 55 of the Hague Regulations which specify that
you cannot acquire territory by war and that you cannot plunder the natural resources of occupied territory. To clarify,
the water in Eden Springs Coolers found in the UK is sourced locally, but the profits go back to Israel to finance its illegal
is an Israeli company manufacturing and distributing home carbonating devices and flavorings for soft drinks. The company’s
main plant is located in the industrial zone of Mishor Edomim which is an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Kav
LaOved, the NGO committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers in Israeli companies, has reported that SodaStream
factory workers, in particular Palestinians, are paid less than half the minimum wage and has described the working conditions
in the factory as “one of the worst”, with workers being fired if they complain of the conditions.
SodaStream brands include: SodaStream,
Soda-Club, AlcoJet, Sprudelino, Aquabar, Gazoz, Aquafizz, Aquabubbler, Penguin, Sodamaker, Fountain Jet and Edition1. Its
products are available in Argos, Asda, Comets, Currys, Harvey Nichols, Homebase, John Lewis, Robert Dyas, Selfridges and
House of Fraser.
Schultz, the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks who also owns 31.6 million shares of
Starbucks stock (worth around $1.4 billion in Nov 2011) is an active zionist.
In 1998 he was honoured by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah
with “The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award” for his services to the zionist state in “playing
a key role in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel”. The ultra-right wing Jerusalem Fund
of Aish HaTorah funds Israeli arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin, General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist media pressure
group honestreporting.com, they were also implicated in the production and distribution of the infamous islamophobic film
‘Obesession’. Starbucks proudly displayed the award on the company’s website under the section of ‘awarda
and accolades’ the Starbucks company has won, however, once the boycott started to bite the award mysteriously disappeared
from its website.
Shultz work as a propagandist for Israel has been praised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as being key to Israel’s
long-term PR success. On April 4th 2002, whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians in Jenin Howard Shultz made
a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked
people to unite behind Israel. Starbucks also sponsors fund raisers for Israel.
At a time when other businesses were desperately
pulling out of Israel, Starbucks decided to help Israel’s floundering economy and open Starbucks in Israel. The venture
failed but Shultz has vowed Starbucks will “return to Israel in due course”.
Starbucks has opened outlets in US
bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, and at the illegal torture centre in Guantanamo Bay. Customer Relations say “Starbucks
has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military.. who risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom
and democracy”. Petty Officer Barry Tate who is serving in Guantanamo Bay agrees that Starbucks is helping “lift
the morale” of the guards and interrogator’s at Guantanamo Bay.
Corporation is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation. According to the Jewish United
Fund, through its Israel Commission it “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel;
monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel”. The Jewish United Fund also runs “Fun-filled
Summer Family Missions to Israel” where families get to “visit an army base and meet with Israeli soldiers”
and “visit our sister city, Kiryat Gat and see the important work we are doing there”. Kiryat Gat is built on
stolen Palestinian land – the lands of the villages of Iraq Al Manshiya and Al-Faluja whose residents were ethnically
cleansed in 1949 in contravention of International Law. Through its “Partnership to Israel” programme, the Jewish
United Fund provides $1.3 million annually to help further settlement and development of Kiryat Gat. The Jewish Federation,
through its Israel Action Network is tasked to fight “efforts to boycott Israeli products” and “campaigns,
such as equating Israel with apartheid South Africa”.
Another way McDonald’s supports the Jewish United Fund is by running
a partnership scheme whereby they will match any donation an employee make to the Jewish United Fund with its own equal
first restaurant in the Middle East was in Israel, opened in 1993, since then it has 160 restaurants in Israel (1996) with
a 60% market share, employing around 4000 Israelis. Since April 2009 McDonald’s has also opened 15 branches of McCafe
chain in Israel, with plans to open 10 new branches every year.
McDonalds discriminates against its Arab workers, in 2004 it
sacked an Arab worker in Israel because she was caught speaking arabic to another Arab employee. Arabic, along with Hebrew,
is the official language of Israel spoken by 20% of the population.
According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC), whose Executive
Director “regularly meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, McDonald’s in July 2001 immediately
pulled an advertising campaign in Egypt when the ADC contacted them to complaint that the singer featured in the advert
had in the past performed a song critical of Israel. Within 24 hours of the complaint, the advert was cancelled and according
to the Egyptian franchise of McDonald’s “all copies of the tapes were whisked ‘back to the main offices'”!