Palm Oil

Palm Oil

Palm fruit oil, generally known as palm oil, is extracted by pressing the pulp of the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis Guineensis) which grows in regions around the equator. This tropical fruit is reddish in colour and is about the size of a large olive.

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From a tropical climate

From a tropical climate

Nature plays a big part in the palm oil story. What the palm tree loves above all is sunshine, tropical temperatures and evenly-distributed rainfall throughout the year.
Compared to other vegetable oils, palm oil production takes up less land. Oil palm trees produce, on average, 3,7 tonnes of palm oil per hectare in comparison to other competitor seeds (soybean, sunflower and rapeseed) that yield less than 0.7 tonnes of oil per hectare. Thanks to its superior productivity, palm oil is able to meet the demand of the growing population.

A natural fruit oil used in cooking since hundreds of centuries ago

A natural fruit oil used in cooking since hundreds of centuries ago

The use of palm oil in human nutrition dates back to over 10.000 years. In Southeast Asia, Africa and parts of Brazil, palm oil is widely used for domestic cooking.
In Western countries, palm oil is mostly used in its refined form as a natural ingredient in many foodstuffs such as margarine, confectionery, ice cream and bakery products.

Palm fruit oil delivers its qualities to Nutella®

Palm fruit oil delivers its qualities to Nutella®
Palm oil is used in Nutella® to give the product its creamy texture, as well as to heighten the flavour of its ingredients, thanks to its properties that enable it to have a neutral odour and taste after the refining process. Furthermore, it is the best ingredient for giving Nutella® the right smoothness, guaranteeing its special spreadability and, above all, avoiding the hydrogenation process that would produce otherwise unhealthy trans fats. Palm fruit oil also helps to maintain the unique taste of Nutella® along its whole shelf life, due to its higher stability to oxidation compared to other vegetable oils.

Only sustainable traceable certified palm oil in Nutella®

Only sustainable traceable certified palm oil in Nutella®
The vegetable oil used in Nutella® is sustainable palm oil, 100% certified segregated RSPO. This means that the palm oil used in Nutella® is kept separated from conventional palm oil along the whole supply chain. Ferrero's achievement of the RSPO certification has also been praised by Richard Holland, Director of WWF's Market Transformation Initiative.

Ferrero and the Charter for ‘no deforestation' palm oil

Ferrero and the Charter for ‘no deforestation' palm oil
The certification attained is only the first step towards meeting our employees' and consumers' expectations. In November 2013, we chose to strengthen our commitment to responsibly sourcing palm oil through the Ferrero Palm Oil Charter, in order to further guarantee that the palm fruit oil used in Nutella® does not contribute to deforestation, species extinction, high greenhouse gas emissions or human rights violations.
As a further step, on 17th November 2015 we became a member of POIG Palm Oil Innovation Group, an initiative to reform the palm oil industry, building upon the RSPO standards and commitments.

Controls on the ground

Controls on the ground
Together with TFT, a non-profit technical partner, we work directly on the ground to assess what is being carried out in our plantations in compliance with the environmental and social criteria defined by the Ferrero Charter. Every six months, we publically provide regular updates.
As of December 2015, we have traceability to 99.5 % of the plantations we source our palm oil from. This 99.5% of our palm oil supply comes from 63 mills and 301 plantations located in: Peninsula Malaysia (75.87% of total volumes), Papua New Guinea (18.17%), Insular Malaysia (3.67%), Brazil (1.2%), Indonesia (0.91%), Guatemala (0.1%) and the Solomon Islands (0.08%). From our analysis 6.34% of the palm oil volumes we buy are coming from approximately 20,941 smallholders or small farmers.

Greenpeace acknowledges Ferrero's work to protect forests

Greenpeace acknowledges Ferrero's work to protect forests
Our actions to tackle deforestation in a grounded and accountable way have been supported by Greenpeace, who considers Ferrero one of the first and more progressive companies in the world in the implementation of a relevant "No Deforestation" policy.
In its 2016 Palm Oil Scorecard Greenpeace identifies Ferrero as one of the two leading companies overall; Ferrero's strengths lie in its strong responsible sourcing of palm oil and industry reform commitment; in addition, among the 14 global consumer goods manufacturers surveyed, they recognize us as the only company able to trace nearly 100% of its palm oil back to the plantations.

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Palm Oil processing

Palm Oil processing
Ferrero has a long expertise in processing palm fruit oil and does it with extreme care, thanks to cutting-edge technologies and a specific focus on quality and safety. The palm fruit harvest is done carefully and the time from collecting the fruit to extracting the oil is as short as possible. We are very attentive to the processing phase as well, using mild heat treatments so as to keep the development of contaminants to the minimum.
Contaminants deriving from heat treatments are substances that may occur in all oils and fats when they are exposed to very high temperatures and may have negative effects on health if present in high levels. Nutella® is absolutely a safe product and is already in line with the new thresholds recommended by EFSA (the European Agency for Food Safety). We welcome this EFSA initiative: health and safety are always our priority.