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What’s the problem with palm oil?

Businesses are under growing pressure to prove their green credentials, especially when it comes to waste disposal, recycling, energy use and ethical sourcing.

What’s the problem with palm oil?

Customers and stakeholders are increasingly aware of the environmental and social problems associated with palm oil, the edible vegetable oil taken from the fruits of oil palm trees that’s found in the majority of vegetable frying oil blends.

That’s why all major food brands are promoting their use of responsibly produced frying oil and the foodservice industry needs to take action.

The greener choice for your business

Sustainability is one of the biggest issues in foodservice today.

By choosing Prep, you’re already a step ahead –  because our commitment to sustainability means you can make statements about your own corporate social responsibility activities.

Why use palm oil?

Palm oil is extremely versatile and it is stable at high temperatures.

It is the least expensive vegetable oil in the world, with great cooking properties and a naturally long shelf life.

Palm oil is also the world’s highest yielding vegetable oil crop, needing less than half the land required by other crops to produce the same amount of oil.

It is therefore a natural choice for the world’s growing population.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, a total of 4.5 million people earn their living from palm oil production. Palm oil plays an important role in the reduction of poverty in these areas.

It is vital therefore that we support sustainable palm oil production.

Supporting sustainability

By using Prep you already know you are supporting sustainable palm oil production. However as palm oil, or ingredients made with palm oil, are present in approximately half of all processed foods, as well as in many soaps and cleaning agents, there’s still much more to be done.

Foodservice plays a vital role in calling for sustainable palm oil because of the volume used. Although many companies state palm oil is not seen as a consumer issue, it is present on every menu, from frying oils, pastry products, desserts, bread and mixes, to soap, detergents and cleaning products.

Using Prep enables you to make claims about your responsible sourcing, but certain guidelines do apply. If this is something you’d like to do, please contact

To find out more about the work of the RSPO, click here.

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