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Palsgaard claims world first with palm-free powdered emulsifier

October 28th, 2017
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Danish emulsifier company Palsgaard claims to have developed the first palm-free powdered emulsifier for industrial cake production.

Palsgaard SA 6615 solves the challenges faced by the industry in the quest to remove palm oil from cake recipes without damaging product quality.

“In a few of the markets we serve around the world, negative sentiment around palm oil is now prompting some manufacturers to remove palm oil ingredients from their products entirely,” said Arne Pedersen, a global product and application manager for Palsgaard.

Removing the palm oil itself is an easy process – but finding an efficient and palm-free emulsifier that still allows manufacturers to continue producing cakes with moistness and optimal flavour has presented the industry with a challenging problem, Palsgaard said.

Difficulties have persisted around shelf life, preparation, ‘whippability’, mechanical robustness and dosage.

Pedersen continued: “Making a new emulsifier in powder form is even more difficult. But it’s best because, compared with gels, shortenings or other emulsifiers in paste form, powdered emulsifiers make production easier, more cost-efficient and safer.

“For example, it simplifies production, saving both time and energy as powdered forms require only a few minutes of preparation before being ready for use. In fact, Palsgaard SA 6615 offers the same fast and instant aeration and emulsification as cake gels, but outperforms gels by far when it comes to shelf-life, as it will remain ‘whipping active’ for 18 months.”

Palm oil still the most sustainable solution

Pedersen sees the new ingredient as a response to ‘a clear market need’, but still believes that palm oil is the most sustainable way to meet the requirements of the world’s growing population.

Emulsifiers based on palm oil, particularly where the latter is produced in accordance with Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles, are known to be far more sustainable in yield and functionality than those produced from other crops such as soy, for example,” Pedersen said.

“So, while palm-free ingredients do allow new label claims, in reality Palsgaard SA6615 simply extends the range of options brands can select to meet consumer preferences.”

Source:  foodbev.com

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Ferrero Wins Against Delhaize in Misleading Palm Oil Advertising Case

June 17th, 2017
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International food retail group Delhaize has been ordered by a Belgian National Court to stop using “misleading communication” against palm oil following an appeal in Brussels brought by Italian confectionery giant Ferrero.
Earlier this month the Belgian Court of Appeal declared that the Belgian supermarket chain must ditch using incorrect communication in relation in palm oil following claims in its marketing that go back several years.

The court agreed with Ferrero that Delhaize had launched a misleading advertising campaign centering on palm oil as an ingredient in Nutella and other products, while Delhaize own private brand does not contain palm oil. Misleading statements included Delhaize’s own chocolate spread being better for the planet.

The Court of Appeal evaluated the argument brought forward by Ferrero and confirmed that Delhaize’s advertising for its sweet spread is incorrect and illegitimate.

The Courts sustains Ferrero’s arguments that it is illegal to claim that a product without palm oil is de facto better for environment and has better nutritional qualities than one containing palm oil.

Ferrero particularly objected to the advertising which it claimed tarnished its own brand of Nutella.

Initially the commercial court in Brussels ruled in favor of Delhaize, but the Court of Appeal has now turned the decision around in favor of Ferrero.

In a statement, Ferrero, says the court sustains its arguments that it is illegal to claim that a product without palm oil is de facto better for environment and has better nutritional qualities than one containing palm oil.

“Ferrero has always offered its consumers products of the highest quality and believes in the importance of providing them with objective and correct information to enable them to make free and informed choices. For these reasons, we fully welcome the Court’s decision, which represents a significant step in contributing to the circulation of impartial information,” the company statement says.

“Ferrero hopes to move on from this and continue its fruitful relationship with Delhaize.”

Source: foodingredientsfirst.com

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Supporting a sustainable palm oil industry

August 27th, 2016
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Training for around 5,500 farmers

Sustainable farming methods, efficient production and high occupational health and safety standards are some of the most important conditions for certified palm oil production. Smallholders can learn how to fulfill these requirements locally in dedicated training programs.

Since 2015, Henkel has been supporting the 5-year-project in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. Earlier this year, BASF joined the effort as an additional industrial partner.

The smallholder program is implemented by Solidaridad in cooperation with its partners Good Return and Credit Union Keling Kumang (CUKK).

The Australian non-governmental organization Good Return coaches and supports the teachers who carry out the trainings on the ground and who will continue the farmer support program after the project ends. The teachers are employees of CUKK, the second largest local credit organization in Indonesia.

Source: Asia Food Journal

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Palm oil: Sustainability achieved through transparency

August 15th, 2016
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Palm oil has a reputation as a “bad” product, but do we really know why this is, and where it’s used? And more importantly, can we do something about it?

In 2004, the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), a non-profit organization, was created to address these issues. In 2008, RSPO developed a set of environmental and social criteria to produce sustainable palm oil.

CSPO (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) means that the oil palm plantation has been established on land that did not contain significant biodiversity, wildlife habitat or other environmental values, and meets the highest environmental, social and economic standards as set out by the RSPO, such as transparency, regulatory compliance, long-term economic and financial viability, best growers and millers’ practices, fair working conditions, etc.

According to the WWF, in 2013, fifteen percent of palm oil production worldwide was certified as sustainable (CSPO), a number that continues to grow every year. However, with a higher price point than non-certified palm oil, the market tends to favor the use of non-certified palm oil over CSPO.

Source: Asia Food Journal

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Hershey reports on first phase of palm oil tracing

May 1st, 2015
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Initial mapping effort first step in validating responsible palm oil sources.

And yet in another Earth Day-related announcement, The Hershey Co. announced yesterday that it, together with The Forest Trust (TFT), has traced its supply chain to more than 94 percent of all the mills that supply its palm and palm kernel oil globally.

As a result, the supply mapping has given the company insight into its palm oil sources from suppliers originating back to the mill level. This information will help the company better understand if any sourcing is linked to areas of potential deforestation or social challenges within the production of its palm oil. While Hershey completes its mill-level mapping, the company has begun the next phase of work – mapping its palm oil supply chain back to the plantation level – which it expects to complete in 2016.

Highlights from the palm oil tracing campaign include:

  • More than 1,200 mills supply palm oil to Hershey manufacturing facilities worldwide
  • Mills are located in two regions; Southeast Asia (1,235 mills) and Central America (11 mills)
  • Palm oil is used in 13 Hershey plants located in three countries: The United States (9 plants), Mexico (2 plants) and China (2 plants)

Tracing Hershey’s palm oil supply is part of a commitment the company made in 2014 to source responsible, traceable palm oil. As part of this commitment, Hershey implemented a new, comprehensive palm oil sourcing policy for all of its palm suppliers.

“This first phase of mapping is critical to meeting our high standards for ethical palm oil sourcing,” says Frank Day, Hershey’s v.p. of global. “We will use this information to work with our suppliers to meet our rigorous new policy requirements and Hershey’s Supplier Code of Conduct. Should issues arise in our palm oil supply chain through this process, we will work quickly to remediate them.”

The mapping work is helping to clarify the level of cooperation needed from palm oil suppliers for Hershey to achieve its responsible sourcing goals. Hershey is working with TFT, a respected global non-profit organization that works with companies to help transform the way they source their products.

The Hershey Co.’s updated responsible palm oil sourcing policy is available on the company’s website.

Source: Candy Industry

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Accredited palm oil scheme

October 11th, 2013
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palm-oilBritish company BM TRADA has become the world’s first certification body to be accredited for a sustainable palm oil scheme.

The multi-certification organisation was previously the first to be approved by governing body the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to offer palm oil supply chain certification.

But the pilot accreditation — overseen by Accreditation Services International (ASI), one of the world’s leading accreditation bodies for sustainability standards systems — is said to “take things to the next level” by aligning BM TRADA’s palm oil chain of custody certification scheme with internationally recognised standards.

It also demonstrates that the body’s certification competence, impartiality and performance capability is of the “highest possible standards”.

With most British firms having made a voluntary commitment to sourcing 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) by 2015, the new accreditation will provide an important reassurance for manufacturers, suppliers and retailers seeking a reputable organisation to oversee their own CoC implementation.

Speaking about the ASI accreditation, awarded this week, Tom Johnston, chief operating officer of BM TRADA Central Certification Services said: “We felt it was important for the RSPO supply chain certification scheme to be accredited to provide credibility and align it with other international certification programmes.

“We are committed to working in an accredited framework, and offering accredited schemes to our clients ensures we are complying to the highest possible standards.

“By achieving accreditation, it demonstrates our full compliance as an approved RSPO-certification body with international standards, reducing risk and ensuring that consumers, suppliers and purchasers can have confidence in the services provided,” he said.

Source: Confectionery Production

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Preparing for sustainable palm oil growth in 2013

February 8th, 2013
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palm-oil-logoLoders Croklaan is anticipating ongoing growth in the use of sustainable palm oil in Europe. Consumer demand for pure and natural products looks set to continue, and food manufacturers can easily respond to this by using palm oil that has been produced in an honest, sustainable way.

In order to prepare for the expected growth in an effective and principled way, Loders Croklaan Europe has again set ambitious goals for itself in terms of sustainability. In 2013, the company plans to increase its volumes of certified sustainable palm oil to 30% of total sales. The company’s sustainable oil is primarily produced by its parent company, IOI Group in Malaysia. The Group expects to have the last of its plantations certified according to the standards of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by the end of the year.

In 2010, Loders Croklaan became the first company to offer the European market RSPO certified palm oil. As of 2012, all of the company’s palm oil products became available as new, alternative versions that are certified according to the ‘RSPO Mass Balance’ system. Loders Croklaan Europe already offers some products that are certified according to the even stricter ‘RSPO Segregated’ system as well.

Hidde van Kersen, Loders Croklaan sustainability director, “As the largest importer of sustainable palm oil in Europe, we offer a wide range of RSPO certified palm oil products, for both food and non-food markets. With our supply chain stretching from the plantations to the refineries, we know the origin of our oils. This gives us the best position to help our customers implement their sustainable sourcing strategies.”

The company has set a number of other sustainability related goals for the coming year, including reducing its operational energy consumption by an additional 2%.

Source: Confectionery Produciton

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National assembly commission rejects palm oil tax increase

November 23rd, 2012
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France’s National Assembly has reportedly rejected a proposed tax on palm oil that appeared to be a go earlier in the week. On November 12, 2012, the French Senate voted 186-155 against the so-called “Nutella tax,” which aimed to impose a 300-percent tax on palm oil, a key ingredient in the beloved hazelnutchocolate spread that is high in saturated fats.

Arguing that palm oil poses a threat to public health, lawmakers initially proposed the measure as part of a larger bill focused on financing the national health care system and encouraging manufacturers to use healthier alternatives. According to news sources, Nutella® is 20-percent palm oil, so had the tax passed, the price of the popular spread would have likely increased by about 0.06 Euros per kilo, or about three-and-one-third cents per pound. But the anticipated price increase apparently upset French consumers, who have traditionally been among Nutella’s® most vocal fans. The spread is a common filling for crepes eaten both at breakfast and for dessert.

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Dutch proposal to end EU duty on sustainable palm oil gains momentum

October 1st, 2011
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A call from the Netherlands to end European import duty on sustainably produced palm oil has been welcomed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The proposal is designed to encourage the uptake of sustainable palm oil by offsetting some of the added costs.

The European Union currently charges a 3.8% import duty on crude palm oil. The Dutch Product Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils (MVO) believes that abolishing the EU import duty on sustainable palm oil will remove a significant barrier to its market uptake in Europe.

Typical estimates put the extra cost of farming palm oil sustainably at between $7 and $10 per tonne.

The MVO’s proposal calls for the duty on CSPO imported from Malaysia and Indonesia for use in consumer goods to be abolished. Currently, crude palm oil for use in non-food products and palm oil originating from nearly all other producing countries are exempted from import duties.

Darrel Webber, RSPO secretary general, said: “The Dutch industry initiative once again places the Netherlands, the largest palm oil importer and processor in Europe, at the forefront of spearheading market transformation towards sustainable palm oil. The RSPO commends and supports the MVO’s resolution.”

Rapid growth

The RSPO’s Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) scheme began in 2008 and now covers close to 5m tonnes, or around 10 per cent of global palm oil production.

“The commitment towards 100 per cent CSPO by 2015 on the demand side by many established global organisations — including processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers and retailers – has been a major driver in getting growers on board,” said Webber.

The uptake of available CSPO has also grown quickly, up to 56% in 2010 from 26% in 2009. But this still means that almost half the CSPO produced last year wasn’t sold through any of the specialist supply options. It entered the global supply chain somewhere in the same way as standard palm oil and didn’t command a premium.

Supply chain

“[The removal of duty] would help in terms of reducing cost but it’s only looking at one step in the supply chain,” said Simon Chrismas, business development executive with the RSPO-endorsed sustainable palm oil product certification scheme, GreenPalm.

GreenPalm is designed to encourage greater support for sustainable production among end-user manufacturers, whatever their supply chain looks like.

Rather than physically segregating the CSPO from standard oil, which would be more expensive, GreenPalm awards sustainability certificates to eligible growers for every tonne of CSPO they produce. They can then sell these certificates on to manufacturers who want to use the GreenPalm logo on their products.

“GreenPalm doesn’t follow the physical flow of the product, but it allows all end manufacturers to support sustainable production. A company may be manufacturing a standard biscuit or soap using standard palm oil and that’s fine,” Chrismas told this publication.

Source: Bakery and Snacks

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Palm oil logo will serve as call to action

June 4th, 2011
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A new logo allows confectionery, biscuit and other food producers show their commitment to sustainable palm oil, which in turn will boost global demand, says the RSPO.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) said its new logo is a’milestone’ in its bid to encourage production and use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) as it will “serve as an impetus for all members in the CSPO supply chain to step up their efforts.”

RSPO said its brand owner and retailer membership can use the new trademark on packaging as well as in communication about products that contain RSPO backed palm oil-derived ingredients.

The design of the trademark, continued the not-for-profit association, was unveiled in November last year at the 8th Roundtable Meeting of the RSPO in Indonesia but it has taken until now to finalise rules governing the use of the logo as well as a procedure on trademark licence application.

Tanno Massar, a spokesperson for RSPO, said the new logo will have more impact with shoppers than the previous wording alone, citing growing consumer interest in buynig products using CSPO derived ingredients.

Currently, around nine per cent of all palm oil produced in the world is RSPO certified.

Licence fee

The RSPO spokesperson also told this publication that there will be no additional trademark licence fee in the first phase of the application process, which is set to end 1 July 2012. Thereafter, the fee structure would be reviewed, he added.

Use of the RSPO trademark is allowed only if at least 95 per cent of a product’s palm oil derived components are RSPO certified.

There are two different versions of the new logo, said the spokesperson. Products containing palm oil ingredients sourced under the Mass Balance RSPO option must carry the logo as well as the wording ‘mixed’ on all consumer orientated product communication.

India and China

The spokesperson said one of the biggest challenges currently facing the RSPO is helping ensure that the conditions are put in place in India and China – two of the biggest consumer markets for palm oil – for greater take-up of CSPO.

“We hope to achieve this through awareness raising and outreach work with stakeholders such as goverment-backed organisations,” he remarked.

When asked whether the premium pricing structure around CSPO is not a barrier to its wider use in emerging economies, Massar argues that: “Sustainable will not always equal premium, and CSPO will eventually become the norm globally.”

The RSPO rules regarding communication around the logo can be read here .

Source: Confectionery News

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