"By end of 2018 we have removed palm oil from all our products"
WHAT IS PALM OIL?
A type of edible vegetable oil that’s extracted from the fruit of oil palm trees. Palm oil is currently used in many consumer goods, from bread to biscuits and breakfast cereal to soap.
WHY WE’RE SAYING NO TO PALM OIL?
Palm Oil is one of the world’s biggest causes of deforestation and poses a significant threat to a number of species already facing extinction. In Indonesia and Malaysia, where palm oil and wood pulp plantations are the biggest drivers of deforestation, many species are being threatened with extinction, including the orangutan. The orangutan population has more than halved in the last 15 years and is now critically endangered with only 70,000 to 100,000 individuals remaining.
"Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying ‘no to palm oil’. We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘sustainable’ palm oil, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy."
- Richard Walker, Iceland Managing Director
WHAT’S BEING DONE?
Our Head Chef Neil Nugent, has been working in the Iceland development kitchen to remove and replace palm oil in our food lines with oils and fats that do not destroy the rainforest. We are also working closely with our trusted suppliers to ensure that changes to our recipes do not impact the cost (or taste) of our own brand products. These efforts reduce the demand for palm oil by more than 500 tonnes per year.
LOOK OUT FOR THE NO PALM OIL STICKER...
Yes, we are going to make it absolutely clear by using a ‘no palm oil’ claim on our packaging.