Garden of Life Sells Out To Nestle?!

by | December 5, 2017

Garden Of Life Scooped Up – Another Vegan Company Goes Mainstream!

It was announced today on their Facebook page, that Garden of Life has been bought by Nestle. Garden of Life claims that they have spent a lot of time getting to know Nestle and their vision and values. They say that they have no plans to be changed by Nestle, in what they do or what they stand for. This new partnership means that USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition now have a seat at one of the worlds largest tables. Bringing more vegan options to the mainstream audiences.

Garden of Life started looking at their future and the growth of the company and realized that they could not do it on their own. In order for them to provide more people with high-quality, meaningful products at affordable prices they needed the help and expertise of a large worldwide corporation.

They set out to find a partner that would honor their values and help them to reach their full potential. Stating that their commitment to traceable practices proven through third-party certifications – Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Gluten Free among others – is still at their core foundation and that Nestle sees their value and wants to help them in pursuit of their mission.

The companies mission is ‘to Empower Extraordinary Health and bring to the market the most innovative Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified foods and supplements without compromise’. Although Garden of Life is ‘thrilled’ about this news, it has been a hotly debated topic among vegans worldwide since news broke.

But will we see any changes in their products?

Will they stick to their values and remain to be ‘the same great brand you’ve trusted for years’? Only time will tell. Don’t forget to check out what other vitamins you need HERE

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44 Responses to “Garden of Life Sells Out To Nestle?!”

  1. Jeff Aylen
    December 20th, 2017 @ 2:50 am

    It doesn’t matter whether Garden Of Life sticks to their values. Vegan shmegan, Nestle is an aggressive multinational that make a habit of stealing water and suing communities that try to stick up for themselves. Whether or not GOL stays the same, if you support them, you support Nestle and companies like Monsanto.
    2.3 billion?! They have shown themselves to be greedheads. I would suggest we all stop supporting them.

  2. Tracy
    January 30th, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

    I could not agree more. I’m sad to give up one of my favorite brands, but I will not knowingly support Monsanto/Nestle. It’s all greed, and once again, it ruins something I love.

  3. Shannon
    March 9th, 2018 @ 12:31 am

    Exactly…can’t buy their stuff anymore.

  4. Penny
    December 29th, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

    Nestle has been able to get away with hiding toxic ingredients from their lists so they can still stick an organic label on some of their products. They are just as evil as Proctor and Gamble. Garden of Life are a bunch of greedy sellouts who need to be boycotted, which is just great considering I’ve been using several of their products for years now…..

  5. shannon
    March 9th, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Penny…I hate both Nestle and Proctor and Gamble. They are evil.

  6. Daniel
    December 31st, 2017 @ 6:39 am

    Garden of Life has never been a “vegan” company. They sell whey protein along with their line of vegan proteins. They did make a statement that they would stay a B-Corp, which is important in my opinion. The Nestle transition will take awhile before the quality of the ingredients deteriorate. I’m still going to support the vegan line of products unless their a significant change. Introducing more vegan products to the world is great, even through there are mixed feelings about Nestle. The same “vegans” that get pissed off at Nestle are probably the same ones that are buying Beyond Meat and other products that are owned by “evil” corporations. I doubt their business will go down and not everyone buys their food at the local grocers where it’s all small business owned. Everyone needs to chill out if they truly want to see a vegan world.

  7. Sandy
    June 6th, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

    They FIRED a marketing guy so they could hire a woman – who also is dating the CEO. So, not too great of a B-corp company. Just saying.

  8. A.J.
    January 26th, 2018 @ 5:43 pm

    When listening to the owner of Garden Of Life on the “Truth About Cancer Docu-series”, I trusted him. I trusted that his products were pure. I don’t trust Nestle.

  9. Sandy
    June 6th, 2018 @ 6:58 pm

    Jordan has been out of the company for years. It was BRIAN RAY the CEO who pushed to sell GOL. But first he fired all the ORIGINAL employees and hired his girlfriend (he’s married by the way – to someone else..) He’s a disgusting little bi-polar man.

  10. Brian
    February 22nd, 2018 @ 10:44 pm

    Whether they stick to their “values” if they ever had any is irrrelevant for me. Nestlé steals water, they are dishonest about ingredients, engages in sleazy monopoly practices, buys child-labor cacao and I’m sure many other things, engages in price-fixing, uses ingredients harvested using forced labor, promotes deforestation, and other things I’ve forgotten by now. There’s no “Like” or “thumbs-up” type feature here but I’m echoing Jeff’s sentiment. I’ve been buying GoL products for many years, they sell some protein bars that are my absolute favorite and easily found at local co-ops, but I’m going to totally cease buying their stuff due to this buyout.

  11. Luis
    February 23rd, 2018 @ 12:44 pm

    VERY sad was my favorite product, now I will have to find a new HEALTHY product. I do not trust nestle They seem like the kind of company to care about people money not health.

  12. Mindaugas Kiskis
    March 27th, 2018 @ 11:20 pm

    Just learned about it, when I was about to buy GoL vitamins for my kid.
    Well, good bye GoL/Nestle, never again.

  13. Penny
    March 29th, 2018 @ 7:58 pm

    We boycotted Nestle back in the 1980s because of the lack of nutrients in their baby formula that was being giving to third world and developing nations. ( A big sacrifice for those of us who grew up with chocolate chip cookies when Nestle had no competition in the chip world).They finally changed their formula, but I certainly do NOT trust them to be vegan or organic. I have not tried their products- nor will I.

  14. Scott
    March 30th, 2018 @ 6:02 am

    It just a matter of time before Nestlé corrupts the brand. Nestlé a greed profit company not concerned about a person’s safety or health. I would bet that most of the ingredients in the MyKind Organics line come from sewedge sludge water China! How pathetic. So basically you have a good marketing company with good promises but lacking in quality. With the Nestle merge they stated that they needed to keep the products cost down with the demand. Sounds like its time to grow more product in China. I would rather pay double and have ingredients from the US than from China. The sewedge sludge soiled ingredients can’t be healthy in the long run. So the bad out-weighs the good!! What a joke!!! Plus GOL does not give out copies of (CoA’s) Certificate of Authenticities for their products ( RED FLAG)!!

  15. Sandy
    June 6th, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Look, the brand was corrupt YEARS before Nestle bought. Why do you think they bought it to begin with?

  16. Beth Crowder
    June 27th, 2018 @ 6:39 pm

    I disagree because I’m not so sure the company was corrupt before Nestle bought it. I believed in .Jordan Rubin I read his books, and conferences and I truly believed that he was healed from many things because of the nutritional value of Garden of Life. One of the worst things he had was Crohn’s disease and there’s pictures of before and after and testimonies of people that knew him when to prove it. I believe that they got some bad press and I know that the FDA and the government will go after anyone that is selling a natural product claiming it will help heal the body because they want Pharmaceuticals to succeed!

  17. Christine Iott
    April 12th, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

    I just went to buy my protein powder from GOL, all plant-based, and someone posted the Nestle News. There was a comment about an “Amazing Grass” brand. I haven’t looked into it yet.

  18. Rick
    April 16th, 2018 @ 7:19 pm

    The protein powder poisoned my friend (and me?). FYI. They’re a big loser here:

  19. Lee Henderson
    April 17th, 2018 @ 11:31 pm

    I can tell you for a fact that as of April 2018, the two 33 oz containers of Garden of Life RAW Meal Replacement ( Vanilla) all organic mix, has indeed been changed in some way. First off, missing are the tiny dark brown ground seeds ( I assumne it was flax seed) are gone. Second, the powder is much lighter in weight. Third, it does NOT mix as well in milk/water. And fourth but certainly not least, it now has an awful taste. It tastes like someone added soap powder. Maybe it is tainted, or maybe it is some other “bad” ingredient, but I tried for 4 mornings in a row, and I could not tolerate it. I have been drinking these protein shakes for the last 4 years, each morning. But no more. I called and am returning my 2 containers ( only one opened ) to Vitacost for a refund. I will have to search for a new protein powder, or just sign off these failing products all together. I am sick of big corporations buying out good companies, ( at least who were ONCE good) and then seeing the destruction of the product, and the insult to the public that the new corporation throws on it.

  20. Noah S.
    April 21st, 2018 @ 8:54 am

    Shame on Garden of Life for chasing money over company values. With that being said, I will continue watching their products CLOSELY as the ownership transitions and ingredients and sourcing changes. Until I find a supplement company that matches the values of Garden of Life’s, I will continue being a loyal customer of theirs for well over a decade now.

  21. Firestarter
    April 26th, 2018 @ 12:36 am

    Yes, thank you for the reminder, I had heard this briefly but evidently it didn’t sink in. GoL initially sold in 2009 but this is different.
    I still use some of the GoL products like their coconut oil but now I will have to reassess. I was told last year that the GoL and Vega proteins/meals are now available in Costco and WalMart. That was pretty shocking to me. I just cannot see the quality being the same when manufacturing that many units. Big turn off.
    Paradise Herbs vegan Protein and Greens powder is excellent. They only use plants that are organic, wildcrafted or grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

  22. Jay Kruizenga
    July 23rd, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    I never trusted GOL products with or without Nestle. Jordan Rubin did not heal himself eating Whey Protein and meat products. It was a whole-food plant-based diet that brought his relief. Yet he advocates the eating of animal flesh because veganism/vegetarianism would turn a lot of people off and that means lost profit. I trust him not. Nor his books. As for whole-food supplements I use a better brand: look up The Synergy Company ( – products are also available on with free Prime shipping.

  23. Shari Harvey
    August 6th, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

    Do you guys know of one that is comparable to Vitamin Code?

  24. Rez Nation
    August 6th, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    Sheesh, this is all overwhelming. I just researched after buying a single pack of “organic plant protein” and found that nestle has already changed the ingredients by adding “organic” tapioca fiber and erythritol, which I do not know too much about.

  25. Aaron Arizmendi
    September 11th, 2018 @ 12:33 am

    You can already see the changes the company is making. For starters, the vitamin C sprays made by Garden of Life now come in plastic bottles, when it used to be glass. I’m sure everything else will become worse, too. I plan to finish what I have and find a new brand that is not affiliated with Nestle.

  26. Silvina
    November 4th, 2018 @ 1:19 am

    I am not vegan but appreciate those who are. I have been boycotting Nestle since the 80’s because they tried to tell breastfeeding mothers in (so called) “Third world” countries that their formula (NESTLE) was better than their breast milk. GOL started really well and it was a wonderful company with a great story behind it; later they started growing and marketing a lot more aggressively but this Nestle thing is just too much. I will not support Nestle. The same thing is going on with a lot of Natural products and companies now owned by Pepsi, Coca Cola, General Mills, etc….. Check out the cornucopia institute page, lots of good info. It’s probably a matter of time until all natural, organic, vegan and many standards some people worked so hard to put it place and uphold will be degraded. Possibly kosher might stay untouched and with Trump in bed with the FDA who knows how bad it will get. So sad……we need to get wiser….

  27. Monviole
    November 13th, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

    Wow, I was so excited to find GOL vitamins and recalled using the brand before. Now I’m scared to use them for fear that the ingredients list is false and the quality of ingredients us not up to par. I guess it’s time to hearken back to the days of our elders. They ate of the land, fresh produce that tasted like produce and many lived long lives. No more supplements for me.

  28. Anita
    January 4th, 2019 @ 11:51 am

    Not to mention that Nestle has not denied using Senomyx aborted fetal cells and tissue in their products. 😡

  29. Anita
    January 4th, 2019 @ 11:55 am

    It was Obama’s FDA that gave approval for Senomyx aborted fetal cells and tissue to be used in PepsiCo, Nestle, Kraft, etc products as a “natural flavor enhancement,” based on its use being “used in the ordinary course of business.”

  30. Lady Sandz
    January 18th, 2019 @ 5:29 pm

    Breastfeedibgs that what to do it in public needs an little booth like an bathroom to breastfeed baby. I know from experience and not clean. And the men or people you attract around baby get my and not sage. But good thing if you have an feeding room that kept clean and have warming table to heat bottles and clean water cold and warm. That you can play music or TV monitors seating changing table and supplies small plastic spoons. Handwipes plus paper towels large that cover an mom’s breast just in case their are others in the room more than 4 mothers and babies at an time.and somewhere near parks especially and grocery stores and malls.

  31. Alexander
    January 25th, 2019 @ 2:43 pm

    So Nestle is terrible, yet you all don’t mind supporting Apple? Apple basically employs children at its Chinese Foxconn Facility via slave labor practices, and pays a nominal wage. In return, Apple says its products for massive profits, but, hey you all are okay with this, right? So, honestly, you all are a bunch of hypocrites….oh, and the waste, pollution, and emissions created from the production of your minimalist phones….what’s your answer to that?

  32. Jacqueline
    February 22nd, 2019 @ 9:34 pm

    You got it wrong -they were not vegan. They advocated grass fed and pasture fed meats and chicken, etc. They were kosher actually. Yet since the sell out – what do you think they have on their website? Shrimp recipes! The every thing that Jordin Rubin advocated against in in his first book “The Makers Diet” in which he advocated very strongly for a kosher diet. I am disgusted and they have lost a customer now.

  33. Vegan
    February 23rd, 2019 @ 10:46 am

    They’re now selling collagen peptides!!!

  34. Julie
    April 4th, 2019 @ 7:04 pm

    I have a few questions. I heard Jordan (old owner) has passed away from cancer caused by heavy metals in GOL products? I just ordered 160.00 worth of stuff before I found out, now Im worried its not safe? I do not like Nestle, do most people think GOL products are now changed for the worst, and our health will suffer?

  35. Peter Ashford
    April 9th, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

    The fact that corrupt operations remain even while individuals boycott some if them does not translate into hyoicracy in the part of those who boycott some.

  36. Daddio
    November 13th, 2019 @ 12:14 pm

    In the corps world (pun intended) Nestle’s track record is pretty dark! On the surface, GoL looks like it has not changed its formulas but doubt this to be true – sadly, I’ll not ever purchase another GoL product ever again – trust is gone and for many good reasons, all of which may be found by researching Nestle’s corps behavior around the world… Not quite as vial as Monsanto but Not far off…

  37. Kim
    November 14th, 2019 @ 5:24 pm

    Hi, I’ve never been a regular customer of Garden of Life products, but as soon as I read about their sell-out, I knew I would never buy their products. I commend you for doing this. So MANY health food and supplement companies have sold out that it’s becoming more difficult to buy any natural health products. If it matters to the consumer (like it does to me), we have to be so careful. The way to know a company has probably sold to a conglomerate is when you suddenly see the brand being heavily marketed and suddenly appears on chain grocery store and discount store shelves taking up a lot of space, where they weren’t there before. Then I go home and look it up, or sometimes do a search on my phone right in the store. Then put the product back on the shelf. It is just disgusting what companies will do for more money. Shame on GOL and all of the others. I’m really concerned about buying generic label food products, such as the store’s brand label, because I don’t know who is the real producer of the food! I buy generic sometimes for financial reasons, as I’m a low income earner and have to do so out of necessity.

  38. Erb Avore
    December 19th, 2019 @ 7:59 pm

    Well, GOL might not have been a vegan company, yet they were vegetarian. That is no longer the case with their “grass fed collagen” ” product. No longer will I be buying from Nestle. As for another Nestle evil, my child was given nestle yogurt by someone who didn’t read the ingredients. Ok, I read the ingredients on everything, yet the caretaker didn’t think yogurt would contain gelatin. So my kid at 5 years old got his first taste of a dead animal through a nestle product.

  39. Gail
    January 21st, 2020 @ 9:40 am

    Purchases vanalia whey protein it smelled terrible could not drink it returned to vitamin shoppe,was taking the protein for years

  40. Gail
    January 21st, 2020 @ 9:42 am

    Will never buy GOL products after the whet protein
    It absolutely had a horrible smell to it ,like some kind of chemical

  41. Janell
    March 2nd, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

    I just surprisingly found this out today. I can’t believe it. I know I’m late…but we’ve been buying GOL products since 2017 up until just the end of 2019. I’m not surprised by this because of course greed and money are ALWAYS #1with bad companies. I’m very glad to have found this out and we will no longer buy from them. Such a shame on GOL.

  42. Regina
    March 24th, 2020 @ 9:19 am

    I was about to order 2 GOL products on amazon just now, made a research of the zinc vitamins online and found out that GOL ia part of nestle,monstanto,bayer since 2017. So im not buying anymore this brand. I bought their supplements for years, but knowing that nestle owns it, is a total NO to go on buying them.

  43. Lana Maureen Lorenzen
    June 12th, 2020 @ 8:59 pm

    I wonder if the company was compelled to sell to Nestle. It always makes me wonder when a monster corp like Amazon, for example, buys Whole Foods. I keep wondering when Amazon is going to swallow up Costco.

  44. Beau
    September 11th, 2020 @ 12:42 am

    Now it makes sense! I’ve been a huge fan of GOL products but a couple of years ago they stopped having the same positive effect on me that they use to have. I began to see the products everywhere Walmart, Target, Sprouts etc! I thought how on the world can they source quality ingredients at this scale! It is simply amazing the amount of products in the market. Now I find out Nestle/Monsanto bought them….I’m beyond disappointed. Some things are just not worth a big payday! They had something special with thus brand!!

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