We have a Palm Oil policy for Quorn products. This policy applies to all products produced under the Quorn™ brand.
Quorn Foods are aware that there are a number of important environmental and social concerns regarding the production of palm oil, a natural vegetable oil widely used in the food industry.
As part of our ongoing drive to improve all aspects of sustainability in our business, we are members and active supporters of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, RSPO, which has developed a globally recognised standard and certification scheme for sustainably produced palm oil.
In order to achieve progress at scale and make a positive impact, we believe it is necessary to use one well-established and recognised system. That is why Quorn Foods are requesting that all of our suppliers and industry partners adopt the RSPO standard.
Marlow Foods use a small amount of palm oil, all of which is sustainable, indeed our usage of palm oil represents just 0.0006% of the 63 million tonnes of palm oil produced globally on an annual basis (according to figures for 2014).
We apply the following policy for palm oil usage in our Quorn branded products:
1. We will minimise our use of palm oil
In accordance with our health credentials, we aim to use the healthiest possible oils in our products, therefore where possible oils such as sunflower and rapeseed oil are used.
2. We only use sustainable palm oil
In products where palm oil is necessary for its unique properties, we use only certified sustainable palm oil from either the mass balance or segregated schemes. As availability of certified segregated increases, we aim to convert all usage to the segregated scheme by the end 2017. As part of this commitment, only segregated palm oil will be used in our new product development from 2016 onwards.
For more information on RSPO and their certification schemes, please visit the RSPO website at www.rspo.org.