Saturday, 6 February 2010

Kraft and palm oil

Letter received by a supporter.

Thank you for your e-mail and enquiry regarding Cadbury and Palm Oil. At this moment we can only answer on behalf of Kraft products (please see below). If you require further information specifically regarding Cadbury´s products, then please call the Cadbury´s Customer Careline on 0800 818181.

Kraft Foods does not purchase crude palm oil, but buys fats derived from palm oil from specialised suppliers. Our suppliers source their palm oil predominantly from Malaysia and Indonesia. Kraft Foods buys less than 0.5% of worldwide production.

Kraft is aware of the ecological and social impacts of deforestation of tropical forests and shares the concern about the potential long-term consequences of this development.

This is why we encourage our palm oil suppliers to address these concerns and participate in the "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)". Roundtable members include the World Wildlife Fund, governments of palm oil producing countries, plantation owners, traders, the food industry and our most important palm oil suppliers.

We support the goals and efforts of RSPO to develop guidelines promoting responsible palm oil production. We actively encourage our suppliers to pursue more effective enforcement according to the organisation’s sustainability principles and criteria. That is why, in principle, we also support the call for a moratorium, as it is substantively in line with the Roundtable’s principles regarding conversion of rainforests and peatland areas for palm oil.

We hope this information is useful and goes some way to addressing your concerns.


Julia Fenton
Consumer Relations Team

Kraft Foods UK Ltd. Registered & Head Office: St George's House, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3AE, Registered London 203663