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Nestlé Partners with Biden Administration on Operation Fly Formula

As a global company, Nestlé serves parents, caregivers and children around the world.
Operation Fly Formula
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Arlington, VA,

Updated 8/9/2022:

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. We are pleased to be working with the Biden Administration to address the formula shortage. Shipments under Operation Fly Formula began on May 22 and are currently expected to continue into October 2022. Including completed and planned shipments, these efforts will help to 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.

Our Operation Fly Formula Shipments* as of 8/9/2022: 

5/22/22 Nestlé® Alfamino & Alfamino Jr. 55,000 500,000
5/25/22 Gerber Good Start® Extensive HA®  87,000 1 million
6/9/22 Nestlé® NAN® SUPREMEpro 1 62,500 1.6 million
6/16/22 Nestlé® Alfamino® Infant & Alfamino® Jr.  50,000 548,000
6/24/22-6/30/22 Gerber® Good Start® Gentle  729,000 9.8 million
6/26/22 Nestle SUPREMEpro 2 63,504 1.5 million
7/1/22 Gerber Good Start® Extensive HA®  124,000 1,488,000
7/8/22 Nestlé NAN EXPERTpro SensiPro 32,000 849,000
7/10/22-7/11/22 Nestlé® Alfamino® Infant & Alfamino® Jr.  126,000 1 million
7/21/22-7/22/22 Nestlé® Alfamino® Infant & Alfamino® Jr.  84,372 802,446
8/3/22 Nestlé® Alfamino® Infant & Alfamino® Jr.  21,876 259,131

*All numbers are approximate

We continue to look for ways to tap into Nestlé’s global nutrition network to help, including additional flights in partnership with Operation Fly Formula. As a global company, Nestlé serves parents, caregivers and children around the world and we want to assure them that we are committed to taking a responsible approach in how we utilize our global network. Our goal is to ensure we aren’t inadvertently impacting other markets where we operate.

Our Ongoing Efforts

Nestlé teams have worked around the clock for the last several months to address the formula shortage and help meet the demand. While a small player in the market, we will continue to do our part to help. We have 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 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. 

The recent efforts by the FDA to give companies temporary flexibility with regard to the import of certain infant formulas is a positive step forward. We are reviewing the guidance and assessing where we may be able to tap into the Nestlé global nutrition network to help. 

Resources for Parents & Caregivers


Our Gerber brand’s mission is “anything for baby” and that promise is the foundation for all our decisions as we look to address this difficult situation. We are working to ensure essential information is available for those parents and caregivers seeking it through our Gerber Parent Resource Center, website, social media and industry groups. 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).


For more information about Nestlé Health Science Alfamino®, including FAQs and contact service center, parents and caregivers can visit 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.

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