Does Bahlsen use palm oil?
Bahlsen uses palm oil in its products. Due to technological properties, palm oil cannot readily be substituted in products such as fine baked goods: some oils and fats are not suitable because of the taste, and others are potential allergens. Furthermore, other oils and fats that would be suitable for our products are not available in the required quantities. Substitution by oils from sunflowers, soya or rape-seed does not make sense, as the cultivation of the plants requires a much larger surface area. The palm oil plant requires six times less surface area than, for example, soya for the same yield. In the case of soya and rape, the problem of genetically modified seed also needs to be considered.
Many small farmers are dependent on palm oil for their livelihood therefore palm oil is currently indispensable in the supply situation that exists today.
However, for the palm oil that we use, we attend closely to the fact that it is sustainably cultivated. Since 2004 the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) has promoted sustainable cultivation in cooperation with the leading palm-oil producers in South-East Asia and companies in the supply chain in the West. Through our membership of the RSPO we are working for this course of action and thus for the sustainable cultivation of palm oil. We have also been a member of the Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl (FONAP; Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil) since 2014, which aims to ensure that as soon as possible only certified palm oil is used in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.