The Raw materials we purchase for our products are manufactured by some of the leading industry food companies, both in the UK and Europe. It is very difficult, nigh impossible for a small family business to dictate to our suppliers as to the use of Palm oil. (You only need to look at the ingredient lists on products in Supermarkets to realise how much Palm oil is used.)
In 2018 having spoken to a number of suppliers about this issue, they were all working towards this agenda. The world itself is becoming more aware of using sustainable sources for palm oil. Equally so are our suppliers, many of whom are now adding declarations to their specifications sheets, to state this.
See example below;
One might expect that a strong environmental coalition would be forming to rid the world of palm oil entirely, but many environmental groups seem to be taking a more practical approach. Because there simply isn’t a viable alternative, Greenpeace and others are lobbying for a more sustainable approach to palm oil production, recognising that it’s a major income source for developing countries. Palm oil itself is an important and versatile vegetable oil that is used as a raw material for both food and non-food industries. Most of the oil is used for food applications such as cooking, margarines, spreads, confectionary fats, ice cream, and emulsifiers.
We will continue to be aware of this situation, and hope that world governments continue to be active on behalf of the consumers.