According to a case study published in the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, Royal Zeelandia Group has set a target of achieving 100% sustainable palm oil. For this reason, the company took part in the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard and has made an ongoing commitment to using sustainable segregated palm oil in all of its products. Globally Zeelandia Group has operations in over 30 countries and sales in about 100 countries.
In the past two years, the baking ingredients company has worked with over 34 suppliers to convert 81 ingredients to use sustainable palm oil, reaching 99% usage. Managing Director of Zeelandia UK, David Amos, says: “Having converted most of the palm-based ingredients we buy in Europe to segregated, we will enlarge our scope of activities to the Zeelandia companies outside Europe, quantifying and assessing the volume of palm oil used by these subsidiaries and joint ventures. We also recognize that as a leading global baking ingredients company we have a responsibility to educate others in the supply chain to work more sustainably and also look to support projects that help local communities adopt more sustainable practices and ingredients.”
Alongside its palm oil efforts, Zeelandia has worked in partnership with WWF for the past 30 years, selling organic multigrain Panda Bread to European bakeries with GBP0.05 of each loaf donated to the charity. Since the partnership began, over GBP4.2m have been raised for projects helping to protect natural habitats and animal and plant conservation.
Palm oil is the world’s most commercialized vegetable oil, widely used for cooking and the manufacturing of many products, such as spreads for toast. But irresponsible production can cause deforestation of tropical forests and threaten wildlife.