KTC Edibles, the UK’s largest supplier of edible oils, has launched Planet Palm, a new range of certified sustainable, traceable and responsibly sourced palm oil products for food manufacturers in the UK.
Launching Planet Palm is the latest step in KTC’s ongoing sustainability programme, with KTC aiming to change perceptions about palm oil and encourage customers to adopt sustainable solutions.
The range is ‘Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’ (RSPO) certified sustainable. Initial products will include Planet Palm Oil and a selection of specialist bakery items.
As part of Planet Palm, KTC Edibles has partnered with Daabon, a sustainable agriculture company, to develop new fully traceable organic palm oil products for the range, which would potentially include solutions for bakery, confectionery and ice cream applications.
Gary Lewis, sales director for KTC Edibles, said: “Over the past 15 years, the food industry has shied away from promoting palm oil with brands either hiding their use or switching out of palm altogether. Unfortunately, switching from palm to alternatives doesn’t reduce deforestation or protect biodiversity. It simply moves the problems to another part of the world and can make them significantly worse”
“With Planet Palm, we’re doing something that’s never been done before, positioning palm oil as a positive product… when customers choose the right certified products, palm oil can be a responsible, sustainable option.
“We want Planet Palm to help restart progress on the adoption of certified sustainable, segregated palm oil in the UK, as we strive for 100% sustainability.”
Francesca Morgante, senior manager Europe for RSPO, said: “RSPO welcomes initiatives by its members that strive to communicate the importance of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. We are pleased that KTC as a long-lasting member is disseminating positive messages in the market, helping their customers to make certified sustainable choices themselves”.
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