From mid-2010 onwards, IOI-Loders Croklaan Europe will become the first palm oil supplier in continental Europe to supply fully segregated, RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.
The announcement was made by Chris Linderman, business unit manager bulk oils Europe for IOI-Loders Croklaan, during a seminar on sustainable palm oil held in Paris. The seminar included presentations from Unilever, WWF France and Carrefour to underline the importance of palm oil to the world’s food production, as well as ways to transform it into a fully sustainable commodity.
“The seminar is being held at a crucial moment in time”, says Marc den Hartog, sales & marketing director for IOI-Loders Croklaan and RSPO executive board member. “The interest in sustainable oil continues to grow, and it’s important to inform food manufacturers of the ways in which they can contribute to the sustainability efforts currently underway.”
Up to now, the only sustainable palm oil available on the European continent has been certified by the RSPO as Book & Claim or Mass Balance. While both these supply chain models make sustainably produced palm oil available to the European market, they do so by administratively monitoring the trade of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives, providing a driver for the mainstream trade of sustainable palm oil.
IOI-Loders Croklaan’s ability to provide segregated palm oil is possible thanks to the opening of the company’s new refinery on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte in June 2010. It has the storage capacity, infrastructure and technology necessary to keep sustainable palm oil wholly segregated from other oils.