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18 December 2014

FDF launches sustainable palm oil sourcing guide for food & drink

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A new guide has been launched to support and encourage food and drink manufacturers on sustainable use of the world’s most widely used vegetable oil.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a new sourcing guide to help manufacturers switch to sustainably produced palm oil. All food business operators in the UK must identify which products contain palm oil under the new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation which came into effect on Saturday.

‘Sustainable Palm Oil – Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing’ has been developed together with Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) and provides a simple step-by-step approach to mapping the use of palm oil; guidance on key risks and opportunities and tips for developing a time-bound commitment and roadmap to sourcing certified sustainable palm oil.

The FDF guide advises manufacturers on the use of sustainable palm oil and is part of its Five-fold Environmental Ambition’s wider aims to improve the sustainability of supply chains. A supporting webinar is also being developed with CPET which will take place on 19 January 2015 to help inform companies about practical issues around sustainably sourced palm oil.

Director General at the Food and Drink Federation Melanie Leech said:
"As global demand for palm oil is rising rapidly and consumers are increasingly seeking reassurance that the products they buy have been sustainably sourced, it makes good business sense to assess your use of this vital ingredient."

"Many of our members have long-standing public commitments to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and we have seen continued progress in the last year with a growing number of companies having successfully achieved their original commitments. Leading manufacturers have announced revised commitments and action plans to source 100% traceable oil that exceeds Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification standards. We hope that this new guide will help food and drink manufacturers of all sizes plan a strategic and actionable approach to sourcing palm oil more sustainably."

More information

Please contact the FDF press office on 020 7420 7131.

Note to Editors:

  • The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  • The free guide is available on the FDF website at Sustainable Palm Oil – Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing along with further resources for business.
  • Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) gives advice and information on sustainable palm oil for UK businesses and government procurers, as well as information to woodfuel buyers and suppliers.
  • CPET, together with FDF will be hosting a free webinar on sourcing sustainable palm oil on 19 January at 2pm. To register, please email

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