Swiss food giant Nestlé has been forced to soften its demand for US$6m in compensation from the Ethiopian government following a wave of public outrage and severe criticism from aid agencies. The world's largest coffee company was demanding payment for a livestock company the Ethiopian government seized from one of Nestlé's subsidiaries in 1975. By late afternoon yesterday, 8,500 people had emailed the company to complain about its compensation claim, the fastest response Oxfam says it has had to a campaign.