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Palsgaard broadens sustainable palm offering

March 10
12:51 2016

CargillPalmFruitAfter having supplied sustainable palm-based emulsifiers for some years, Palsgaard has announced it is now also able to deliver a broad range of emulsifiers based on segregated certified palm oil.

“It’s been a complicated task as we are using many different ingredient specialties where palm is the originating material, but we are currently expanding our range considerably and we are now able to satisfy most enquiries concerning emulsifiers and specialities based on sustainable palm oil,” said CEO Jakob Thøisen.

Palsgaard has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2008, and says it sees the topic of sustainability as an essential issue for protecting the global environment, upholding biodiversity and providing suitable working conditions for local plantation workers. The company offers sustainable emulsifier solutions based on segregated palm oil within a range of industry categories, including dairy, ice cream, bakery, confectionery and margarine.

Environmental protection isn’t the entire story, however, and Jakob Thøisen has a clear message for the food processing industry.

“We believe that sustainable ingredients are an important component of the long-term economic and financial viability of food manufacturers – and it’s part of our role as a business partner to support this transformation,” he said.

According to the company, sustainability has been at the heart of Palsgaard for more than a century – so, it says, its move to join the RSPO and ensure sustainable palm oil consumption for the company’s production of emulsifiers was, in fact, simply following a well-established strategy.

In the early 1900s, the company says that sustainability at Palsgaard centred around local engagement and responsibility – but with the company’s evolution into a global player with production facilities, application centres and offices around the world, that focus has widened considerably. Today, Palsgaard holds the RSPO Supply Chain Certificates on MB (Mass Balance) and SG (Segregated) levels, making it able to provide a wide range of sustainable solutions to its customers’ needs.

Sustainable products are, however, just one of numerous related activities throughout the company’s operations.

“Maintaining our lead in emulsifiers requires that sustainability is considered with every step we take,” said Thøisen. “Through sustainability initiatives that include considerable reductions in CO2 emissions and sustainable sourcing of palm oil, we try to set an example for food manufacturers and raw materials suppliers around the world – and we like to share this extensive experience to provide valuable guidance.”

By partnering with Palsgaard, the company believes food manufacturers can meet demand for a sustainable business model on palm oil sourcing – and the company says it is fielding a growing number of calls from customers who want to know more about the difference between Segregated palm oil and Mass Balance products or to find out what it would take for them to become SCCS-certified.

“Our achievements make us a natural place to start for manufacturers looking to source sustainable palm-based emulsifiers for their food products,” said Thøisen. “However, for those who wish to claim that their products are based on sustainable palm oil, so that consumers can identify their finished goods or the products their ingredients go into as sustainable, there is more to it than just buying responsibly manufactured ingredients.”

Achieving RSPO SCCS certification is a lengthy process with many different steps, Palsgaard notes, from setting up guidelines for material handling flows in production to documentation of traceability and cleaning procedures in production. And, the company continues, it all varies depending on whether the producer is aiming for MB or SG certification; food producers will need an implemented and RSPO-approved system for administration of purchases and sales for the MB level, and specific production processes for SG certification.

As Palsgaard is certified according to both levels, the company claims it knows the approval process in intricate detail, making it a valuable source of know-how.

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