Confectionery giant Darrell Lea says it will cease using palm oil in any of its products after working for two years to eliminate it from production. The company said it was meeting the demands of customers who want products to be free from palm oil.
Darrell Lea reviewed 200 individual ingredients and decided to change 100 products manufactured in its factories in Sydney and Melbourne this week. From November, all of its products in supermarkets will be palm oil free. It has also redesigned its old packaging introducing a new logo and a clearer list of ingredients.
“As a business we wanted to do the right thing. In recent years, our consumers have told us that they don’t want palm oil in our products. We listened and we took action finding a great alternative in sunflower oil. It doesn’t affect the taste, look or feel of our products,” said Tim Stanford, Darell Lea’s marketing director.
“There is no doubt that palm oil production causes major devastation to rainforests and endangered animals, such as the orangutan. We call on all businesses, not only in the confectionery industry but across the board, to look into their supply chain and make better decisions about the ingredients they use.”
Currently, the law does not require manufacturers to declare palm oil on its product packaging, with companies often disguising it as vegetable oil or vegetable fat. Harvesting palm oil leads to rainforest deforestation and reducing the population of orangutans in the wild.