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Manufacturers' commitments are driving uptake, the RSPO says

Market uptake surges for RSPO-certified palm oil

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil now accounts for 18% of the total global palm oil market, up from 15% last year, according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Pathfinder reflects the company’s aim to explore new roads to sustainability without having to apply a rigid model, said the president of Naturex's sustainability committee.

Naturex seeks new sustainability pathways

By Anna Bonar

A year after publishing its 'Sustainability Principles' Naturex reveals its targets for the coming years in the 'Pathfinder', the company’s sustainability report.

FoodNavigator 2015: What’s on our editorial calendar?

FoodNavigator 2015: What’s on our editorial calendar?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

From developments in fats and flavours, to the latest trends in fighting obesity, food for kids, and protein, FoodNavigator's special editions calendar for 2015 spans the hottest topics for the European food and drink industry.

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

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White gold: How the EU has been central to the rise of Cambodian rice

By Clothilde Le Coz

With its rice industry going through salad days, Cambodia is nevertheless at a crossroads. While on the international front, it is shipping more rice overseas than ever before; domestically, there is still a number issues for producers and exporters to...

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

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How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

By Gary Paoli, director of research and project development at Daemeter Consulting

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

'No other vegetable oil can compete with palm in terms of efficiency. It is ten times more productive than soybean and seven times more productive then rapeseed,' said Dr Kalanithi Nesarentam of MPOB

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

By Anna Bonar

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. 

'A really core part in producer countries is about supporting the domestic market. That’s something that really resonates in these markets, says Fairtrade International

Fairtrade certified goods on the up in producer countries

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Consumers in producer countries are increasingly interested in Fairtrade certified products as a means of supporting their domestic economy, according to Fairtrade International’s annual report.

10,000 new Scottish food and drink jobs

10,000 new food and drink jobs on cards, says Bank of Scotland

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Investment and growth in Scotland’s food and drink sector will see around 10,000 new jobs created in the region, according to a Bank of Scotland report just a month before the region is set to vote on independence from Britain.  

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

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It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

By Marta Kasztelan

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that it claimed had been caught by workers kept in slave-like conditions, a public relations storm seemed to have broken loose.

Malaysian media accuses UK economic policy think tank of a conflict of interest given contact with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

“The IEA does not accept state money, and all of our research is independent of corporate funding.”

UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

“At the moment, insect-derived products are expensive because the industry is in its infancy. If their popularity becomes more widespread, infrastructure developments would render them more affordable, moving them beyond a treat for the experience-seeker,” said Catherine O’Connor from Canadean.

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

By Anna Bonar

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested in eating them regularly.

“This acquisition will reinforce AAK’s speciality oils and fats strategy and offers a strong foothold in Colombia, the third largest GDP in Latin America.

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

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