The palm oil in Nutella® is carefully treated during processing, which is why it is a safe oil, like all other quality vegetable oils.
The palm oil fruits
Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of palm tree fruit Elaeis guineensis, found in various equatorial zones. This tree produces fruits that grow in large spherical bunches weighing between 10 and 40 kg. These tropical fruits, with a reddish colour and roughly the size of olives, are rich in oil (around 45%- 65% of the pulp). The palm oil is extracted exclusively by pressing the fruit pulp.
Discover where we source our palm oil here.
Did you know?
Palm oil has been used in human societies for thousands of years, primarily for domestic cooking.
Palm oil is a very efficient crop as it offers a far greater yield per hectare than other equivalent vegetable oils. This means that to get the same amount of alternative oils would require much more land.
A high quality vegetable oil
The palm oil we use in Nutella® comes only from freshly pressed fruits and is processed at controlled temperatures. The final and essential part of the process is typically carried out directly by our experts in our factories.
Handled with care and expertise
We have significant expertise in processing palm oil and we do it with great care thanks to cutting-edge technologies focusing on quality and safety.
After the palm fruit harvest, we ensure that the pressing process conducted by our suppliers is carried out in the shortest time possible.
The processing and purification phases are conducted under controlled temperatures, even if this requires more time, to better preserve the natural characteristics of the raw material.
When the oil arrives at our factories, in most cases we process it ourselves after stringent quality controls to ensure it has a neutral taste and smell, before quickly using it in the preparation of the Nutella® recipe.
100% certified sustainable palm oil
The palm oil we use in Nutella® is sustainable, 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified as segregated, that means it is kept separated from conventional palm oil along the whole supply-chain. This is the only level of certification that ensures full traceability from the plantations to our factories, and thus the most demanding level worldwide. Discover more about our commitments here.
Interesting facts about the palm oil in Nutella®
Odourless and neutral in taste, the palm oil we use ensures the smooth texture of our recipe and heightens the flavour and aroma of all the other ingredients in Nutella®.
It gives our recipe its signature creamy texture
Palm oil is the ingredient that ensures the smooth, creamy texture and unique stability of the Nutella® recipe. Smoothness because it is semi-solid at room temperature and stability because it resists oxidation longer than other oils.
It doesn't need to resort to the hydrogenation process
We use palm oil in our recipe because it characteristically becomes semi-solid at room temperature. This allows us to avoid the fat hydrogenation process that would produce otherwise unhealthy trans fatty acids.
The palm oil supply-chain
Ferrero is committed to the sustainability of the palm oil supply-chain and to leading the way in driving the transformation of the palm oil sector. Since 2005 Ferrero has been a member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and developed its own Palm Oil Charter in 2013.
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