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 range 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.
We believe it is necessary to use one well-established and recognised system to achieve progress at scale and provide full assurance that the standards of production across our supply chain are sustainable. That is why Quorn Foods are requesting that all of our suppliers and industry partners adopt the RSPO standard, plus in 2017 Quorn Foods achieved full RSPO Supply Chain Certification.
Quorn Foods use a small amount of palm oil, all of which is sustainable, indeed our usage of palm oil represented 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:
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.
We only use sustainable palm oil
In products where palm oil is necessary for its unique properties, we use 100% certified sustainable palm oil. As of 2017, 97.5% is certified as per the ‘segregated’ RSPO supply chain system, the remainder from ‘mass balance’ systems. As availability of segregated increases, we aim to convert all usage to this scheme by 2019.
For more information on RSPO and their certification schemes, please visit the RSPO website at www.rspo.org.