Bunge Loders Croklaan is growing its organic portfolio in Europe, offering a steady and scalable supply of organic oils and fats, ranging from sunflower, rapeseed and soy to palm, shea and coconut. The company is also broadening its select network of organic farmers. This new offering lifts a common barrier — the difficulty in finding a reliable organic supplier — hindering food companies from moving toward organic status.
According to a company press release, food brands attuned to their consumers’ needs are avidly striving to align their products with sustainability values, including an increasing demand for organic products. Last year Mintel reported that globally, one out of every eight food introductions was organic and in Europe this ratio was even higher at one out of five. Moreover, the European Commission has specified a desired target of seeing 25% of total farmland dedicated to organic agriculture by 2030.
“Food companies increasingly view ‘organic’ as an expression of transparency and being closer to nature — messages that strongly resonate among the growing community of conscious consumers,” says Marcel Henneman, director of product management EMEA for Bunge Loders Croklaan. “To achieve an ‘organic’ label status, food manufacturers are required not only to ensure the ingredients in their products are sourced organically, but also that the manufacturing processes employed are certified organic.”
Feike Swennenhuis, marketing director Europe for Bunge Loders Croklaan says that whether formulating from scratch or reformulating traditional products, Bunge can tailor any kind of fat solution to meet their customer’s specific organic aspirations and their approach is centered around a ‘let’s create together’ principle. “We deliver organic quality for both primary lipid sources and more specialty lipids, such as lecithins and fat formulations for infant nutrition, confectionery, bakery, culinary and plant-based.”