Speaking to FoodNavigator.com this morning, GreenPalm general manager Bob Norman said that:
“European food and drink manufacturers have indicated a need for sustainable palm oil in their products, and Malaysian and Indonesia producers have followed suit, investing heavily to ensure they meet the RSPO criteria.
However, overall take-up of the certified palm oil is only estimated to reach 2.1 million tonnes by the year’s end, meaning the remainder of the 5 million tonnage of RSPO oil currently available will be downgraded to conventional oil and won’t be sold at a premium.
There is frustration on the supplier side. It is time for the European industry to step up to the plate and ensure a greater percentage of their palm oil needs are covered by one of the options allowed under the RSPO.”
Norman, whose book-and-claim organisation is running awareness- raising clinics on sustainable palm oil options for manufacturers at Anuga next month, argues that a lot of confusion still exists within the European food and drink sector as to how to cover their palm oil usage sustainably.
He said that GreenPalm is thus aiming to inform industry players of the options open to them under the RSPO system, and the workshops will not just be about promoting the certificate trading programme.
Norman claims the GreenPalm’s ultimate goal is to build sustainable palm oil supplies to levels that offer enough for all manufacturers to use at competitive prices.