At Nestlé we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to get parents and caregivers the formula they need so their children can thrive. Nestlé teams have worked around the clock for the last several months to address the formula shortage and help meet the demand.
Operation Fly Formula
We have worked with the Biden Administration on Operation Fly Formula. Nestlé product was on the first shipment under the program on May 22, 2022, and through the collaboration we are helping add more than 1.7 million cans of formula, equivalent to approximately 42 million 8-ounce bottles, into the U.S. market supply for babies. This includes both specialty and standard formulas: Nestlé’s NAN SUPREMEpro 1, NAN SUPREMEpro 2 and NAN EXPECTpro SensiPro, Gerber Good Start Gentle and Extensive HA, and Nestle Health Science Alfamino and Alfamino Jr. To date, we have been involved in more than 14 shipments.
Our Additional Efforts
While a small player in the U.S. market, we significantly increased the amount of our formulas available to consumers by ramping up production and accelerating general product availability to retailers and online, as well as through hospitals and home health care for those most vulnerable.
Some of our actions over the last several months, beyond Operation Fly Formula include:
- Running formula factories at capacity and optimizing efficiency across the system.
- Supporting our WIC program states and flexing to support states beyond that, where needed and where possible.
- Pulling stock out of reserves and infusing it into the market.
- Immediately accelerated the import of specialty product produced at FDA registered factories outside the country to expedite availability in the market and serve immediate needs. This includes Nestlé’s Gerber® Good Start® Extensive HA® from the Netherlands and Nestlé Health Science Alfamino® Infant and Alfamino® Junior from Switzerland as they serve a critical medical purpose for babies with cow’s milk protein allergies.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
Gerber’s Parents Resource Center is available 24/7 to help parents with any feeding queries, including help in finding our formulas, suggesting recommended alternatives, and providing information on what to expect in transitioning between products (800-4-GERBER). Our website also contains helpful information.
For more information about Nestlé Health Science Alfamino®, including FAQs and contact service center, parents and caregivers can visit Alfamino.com. Alfamino® products are designed for children with cow’s milk protein allergies (CMPA). Information about CMPA is available on this page. Alfamino® formulas are covered by many insurance plans. Parents and caregivers can find out more about the reimbursement process on our website, including use of our formula4success™ program. This complimentary program offers step-by-step, detailed information and support to help with the reimbursement process for Nestlé nutrition products.