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Does Nestle Encourage Employees to Anonymously Attack Opponents on the Internet?

My recent post about the declining bottled water market drew the “interesting” response quoted below, which largely parroted Nestle’s pro-bottled water talking points.

The somewhat one-sided (and marginally abusive) language caused me to trace the IP address (for the first time), which showed the poster – hiding behind a Yahoo.com email address – was actually commenting from a PerrierGroup.com IP ( = ustems91.perriergroup.com. admin.perriergroup.com.)

In case you didn’t realize it, Perrier Group is now Nestle Waters N.A., which forces us to ask the obvious: does Nestle encourage employees or contractors to post comments while hiding their affiliation behind unrelated email addresses?

By gosh, I think I’ll ask them. In fact, the Nestle employees and/or agency folks who monitor the Internet could spare me the trouble of an email by adding a comment to this post clarifying their stance. That would save all of us a lot of time.

Should I look back at the negative comments on this site and see who might be a Nestle shill?

Allegations of Spying = Irony

What’s ironic is the original post that drew the comment mentioned a formerly hard-to-believe allegation about Nestle’s hiring of a security company to infiltrate a Swiss organization opposed to the company, collecting confidential data on activists and forwarding it to the corporate folks.

Not so hard to believe now.

You can see the original post here, though I’ve quoted the comments below:

Ashley Brown { 04.09.09 at 3:54 pm }

I think this is a bunch of crap. Neslte Waters keeps people healty,and above any other bottles industry, soda,juice,even beer, uses less water than any other company, and they are the only beverage industry to make stries with environmentally friendly plastic. So why not bash on the people who really use plastic and water sources. Did you know it takes 3 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer? Also 10 gallons of water to make one tire for a truck? So you wanna talk water maybe you should know alll the facts not just “Nestle”. Wow, unreal.

TC { 04.10.09 at 9:39 am }

Ashley: You’ve successfully parroted Nestle’s talking points. Which is hardly surprising since your IP address traces back to the Perrier Group, which holds a security certificate from “nas.nestle-watersna.com”

This suggests you are a Nestle employee or contractor trying to hide that fact behind a Yahoo.com email address.

And of course, what you’re ignoring is the simple fact that soda, juice and beer don’t pour out of your tap like water does, so bottling it (in plastic bottles which will be with us for several hundred years), transporting it, and then selling it at higher-than gasoline prices defies logic. And in fact, a declining bottled water market is simply a reaction.

For that matter, you don’t comment on the legal bullying or ethics of Nestle, who apparently were involved in a spying caper? (Suddenly, that’s more believable than ever). That earns an “unreal” from us.

More Fun With Nestle as it happens.