Supermarket Giant Iceland Bans Palm Oil From Own-Brand Products

The company's Managing Director said the move is simply 'the right thing to do'
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Popular UK supermarket chain Iceland has moved to ban palm oil from all of the company's own-brand products.

The ban

Palm oil - which was previously used in roughly half the chain's products - is the source of significant controversy due to its impact on both animals and the environment.

Greenpeace brought said impacts to the attention of Iceland, helping to spark the ban.

Iceland’s Managing Director Richard Walker has since said there's 'no such thing' as sustainable palm oil.

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Destruction

Walker personally visited Indonesia - the world's top palm oil producer - to investigate the industry, and see the destruction it causes first hand.

He told The Grocer: "The journey has shown me that, currently, no major supermarket or food manufacturer can substantiate any claim that the palm oil they use is truly sustainable, as the damage being caused to the global environment and communities in Southeast Asia is just too extensive."

'Right thing to do'

Walker said also that Iceland is 'giving consumers a chance to say no to palm oil' despite an increase in cost for the company simply because 'it's the right thing to do'.

Iceland is set to remove palm oil from 130 products by year’s end, and plans to keep palm oil out of its products, barring major change in the industry.

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