Loders Croklaan Europe to segregate palm oil

by Jeff Gelski
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WORMERVEER, THE NETHERLANDS — Midway through this year IOI—Loders Croklaan Europe will begin to supply fully segregated palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The segregation will ensure that sustainably produced palm oil will be kept physically separate from non-sustainable palm oil at every stage of the supply chain.

European manufacturers who use the segregated palm oil will be able to make the claim, “This product contains only RSPO-certified palm oil,” according to Loders Croklaan Europe, which has an office in Wormerveer and is part of the IOI Group. Chris Linderman, business unit manager of Bulk Oils Europe for IOI—Loders Croklaan, made the announcement April 7 in Paris during a seminar on sustainable palm oil.

A new refinery in Rotterdam Maasvlakte, The Netherlands, is scheduled to open in June. It will have the storage capacity, infrastructure and technology necessary to keep sustainable palm oil wholly segregated from other oils.

The Loders Croklaan Europe announcement comes after Nestle S.A., Vevey, Switzerland, said it plans to use only certified sustainable palm oil by 2015. In a March 18 statement, Nestle S.A. said, “Like many other companies, we buy palm oil from different suppliers. At this point in time these suppliers of palm oil say they can’t currently guarantee that one particular company is excluded, due to the mingling of palm oil in a very complex supply chain.

“We will continue to pressure our suppliers to eliminate any sources of palm oil that are related to rainforest destruction and to provide valid guarantees of traceability as quickly as possible. We will not portray palm oil as free of such oils unless such guarantees are clear and reliable.”

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