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In 2020, the world’s biggest food conglomerate saw continued strong growth in its pet food, coffee, and health science businesses. Even so, sales fell by 8.9% to $91.5 billion, hit hard by a series of divestitures, the Nestlé Skin Health line and U.S. ice cream business among them. With younger consumers demanding brands go green, Nestlé doubled down on its net-zero targets, and even committed to investing $3.5 billion over the next five years in a wide-ranging set of environmental initiatives to decarbonize operations. Reputational risk still abounds. Despite winning, in June, a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court decision involving child labor in the cocoa sector, Big Chocolate firms including Nestlé continue to face pressure from activists to step up oversight throughout the supply chain.
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