SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development and Technology - Asia PacificEU edition | US edition

Headlines > Business

Read more breaking news

 

 
EUROPEAN RSPO 2014

Mondelēz throws down sustainable palm oil gauntlet

By Rod Addy+

11-Jun-2014

Mondelēz uses palm oil in a range of confectionery and biscuit products

Mondelēz uses palm oil in a range of confectionery and biscuit products

Mondelēz is challenging palm oil suppliers to step up their game so it can move towards using physical supplies of purely sustainable palm oil for all its products.

In this exclusive video, Jonathan Horrell, sustainability director for Mondelēz International, which uses palm oil in a range of biscuit and confectionery products, explained what this would mean for suppliers. He was speaking at the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO’s) European roundtable in London last week.

“Really the objective we have is to move from this position where we have RSPO coverage, but some of it with certificates, to a point where we’re able to say our physical supply of oil is produced under sustainable conditions,” he told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

‘Need to improve traceability’

“In the conversations we’ve had with our suppliers in recent months, two real things have come through. First is, we need to improve traceability at least to the point of the first processing mill. Therefore we’re laying down a milestone to say that by the end of 2015 we need all of our suppliers’ oil to be traceable to the origin mill.”

Second, Mondelēz was seeking to establish stronger, more robust publicly published policies ensuring palm oil traded had been produced under sustainable conditions, said Horrell.

He said the message to suppliers would therefore be: “We’ll also require you by the end of 2015 to have published policies and implementation timelines out there so that we can be sure that these sustainable conditions are really being adopted.”

At the end of 2013, Mondelēz reached a point where all the palm oil it used was either itself guaranteed sustainable by the RSPO, or covered by the purchase of RSPO-recognised certificates. Cash used to buy such certificates goes directly to support sustainable palm oil production.

Mondelēz brands include Philadelphia cheese spread, Lu biscuits, Kenco coffee and Cadbury chocolate.

VIDEO: From earthquakes to sourcing strife - the challenges to open the world’s newest omega-3 fish oil refinery

VIDEO: From earthquakes to sourcing strife - the challenges to open the world’s newest omega-3 fish oil refinery

Omega-3 fish oil supplier SeaDragon overcame a raft of challenges to open the world's...

VIDEO: The top consumer trends driving business innovation at Ingredion

VIDEO: The top consumer trends driving business innovation at Ingredion

Ingredion may be best known for its clean label products, but according to the...

VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050...

VIDEO: Asia is still the growth engine of the food world, Singapore CEO

VIDEO: Asia is still the growth engine of the food world, Singapore CEO

Better productivity, more reliable logistics and enhancing export oppotunities - these are just three...

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and...

VIDEO: Infant nutrition - the latest health demands, consumer trends and fortification needs in APAC

VIDEO: Infant nutrition - the latest health demands, consumer trends and fortification needs in APAC

The challenges in the battle to provide adequate infant nutrition across APAC are as...

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets...

Video: ‘We’re investing where the market grows…and that’s Asia’

Video: ‘We’re investing where the market grows…and that’s Asia’

Distributor Jebsen & Jessen has been splashing the cash in Asia, having recently opened...

Riclan Brazil calls for more African presence at Gulfood

Brazil candy firm Riclan calls for more African presence at Dubai tradeshow

Riclan candy company wanted to see more African firms and visitors at Yummex Middle...

KitKat white space opportunities in China, Vietnam and Pakistan

KitKat white space opportunities in China, Vietnam and Pakistan, says Nestlé countlines chief

Stewart Dryburgh

Global head of KitKat and chocolate countlines, Nestlé

Seadragon sets out to breathe fire into Kiwi fish oil

Seadragon sets out to breathe fire into Kiwi fish oil

The town of Nelson will welcome New Zealand's first omega-3 fish oil processing plant...

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

Lab meat, plant proteins and insects: Which alternative proteins will feed the world?

The quest for alternatives to animal-derived proteins has led to a huge amount of...

Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout

Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout

Jason Tetro

Researcher, author, The Germ Guy

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Jake Riddle

General manager, Kerry Asia Pacific

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around...

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

Jane Barnett

Insights manager for Australia-New Zealand, south east Asia and India,...

Malaysia to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Kalanithi Nesaretnam

Minister, Embassy of Malaysia in Brussels

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Dr John Wilkinson

Consultant and EU Novel Foods expert

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges

UHT 'preferred format' to meet Vietnam rural distribution challenges: Tetra Pak

Bert Jan Post

Managing Director , Tetra Pak Vietnam

Key Industry Events

 

Access all events listing

Our events, Shows & Conferences...