Organic and Sustainable Palm Oil

About Our Shortening

One of the great joys of doing what we do is being able to impact communities for the better--and to work with others who are doing the same. Our decision to partner with an Organic Eco-friendly company to supply organic palm oil for our Spectrum Organic Shortening is the perfect example. This company is a family owned business now in its third generation. The company has become a pioneer in sustainable agriculture and the leading grower of organic ingredients.

Spectrum chose to partner with this family owned business for several reasons. We wanted a superior organic palm oil product to produce our Organic Shortening, and, as with all our supplier decisions, we wanted to work with people who were committed to being stewards of their community and the planet.

The farms are all are certified in accordance with international third party certifying agencies and have obtained social and environmental certification. The company impacts local communities by allocating a percentage of their export revenues to fund social projects and aids in the activities of their workers' welfare association. They are also part of the Productive Alliances, working together with small farmers to create a sustainable model.

One of the reasons this company is able to make such a large impact on an entire industry is vertical integration. They are the only company in the world that has vertically integrated their palm oil production from seeder to farming, harvesting, mechanical pressing, physical refinery and finally to end products. By being directly involved in all stages of the process allows them to ensure not only the quality of their product, but the treatment of their employees and the land.

We share a common goal of educating consumers about healthy food products and social responsibility. It's yet another example of a partnership that is changing things for the better.

Questions about Palm Oil? Read here for the Answers

Why all the controversy about palm oil?
Some large companies have not taken a sustainable approach to palm oil production. They have cleared large tracts of land through burning and clearcutting, and have alienated communities and created tension between locals and the company executing the project. The concern today is that land cultivated as palm plantations do so in a sustainable way--that will preserve the biodiversity of the region and create partnerships with the community, rather than enmity.

Why is palm oil so popular?
With the spotlight on the detrimental effects of trans fats and hydrogenated oils, palm oil has emerged as a healthier alternative that is naturally solid at room temperature. Palm oil is made up of short- and medium-chain fatty acids that the body uses for energy; as opposed to the long-chain fatty acids found in animal-based oil that clog arteries and degrade cardiovascular health. As expected, the more companies and consumers learn about the benefits of palm oil, the greater the demand for the product.