The environment is important to us and we always use high quality, natural and, where possible, organic ingredients to ensure our products taste great without the need for artificial additives. Some of our products contain a small amount of palm oil to stop the other ingredients from separating and keep the product fresher for longer. Palm oil is an important and versatile raw material for the food industry and is used in over half of all packaged supermarket goods.
Palm oil is cultivated in the tropical areas of Asia, Africa and South America, and there are concerns that the increasing global demand for palm oil is causing the expansion of plantations into eco-sensitive areas and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
Part of the palm oil dilemma is that the industry employs over one million people. This makes it a vital source of income for local communities.
In March 2011, we became a Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a global multi-stakeholder initiative set up to encourage the sustainable production and use of palm oil. In March 2012, we became 100% RSPO certified. We now only source palm oil from certified growers. We buy the sustainable palm oil at a premium, which allows the producer to reinvest and help tackle the environmental and social issues surrounding the palm oil industry.
You will notice on our labels a logo which explains that the Palm Oil we use is certified by the RSPO. Any of our products that contain Palm Oil but do not currently display the logo will do so when the packaging is next printed.
We fully support the RSPO and we are committed to sourcing and using only certified sustainable palm oil in our products.
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