Nestle’s membership suspended for failure to submit palm oil sustainability report

ASIA – Nestle, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, had its membership of industry watchdog the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended as the Swiss food group when it failed to submit a report detailing how it would ensure the use of certified sustainable palm oil, the RSPO said. According to Reuters, the…

Zambeef appoints new general manager for oil palms scheme

ZAMBIA - Zambeef has welcomed Nelson Basaalidde as new general manager for Zampalm Limited’s palm oil plantation scheme that seeks to improve smallholder capabilities. The Zampalm out-grower scheme is collaboration between Zambeef Products and small-scale farmers in order to develop full potential of the 20,000-hectare plantation. Zambeef says the project has the potential to substitute…

South Africa’s oilseed production set to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s oilseeds production is forecast to hit a record high of 2.4m tonnes with increased utilization of soybeans and sunflower seeds likely to affect oilseed meal imports that could drop by 14% to 480,000 tons. This is particularly driven by increased soybean plantings, with post forecasts by USDA that a record…

Wilmar partners with palm oil certifier to allow Malaysian suppliers obtain certification

ASIA - Wilmar has partnered with Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) to help Wilmar’s suppliers in Malaysia obtain certification by the end of 2019, aimed to benefit 260 mill suppliers covering more than 55% of the entirety of mills in Malaysia. This drives Wilmar’s approach to sustainability, which seeks to develop quality products not…

Unilever lays its entire palm oil supply chain for transparency

LONDON - Consumer goods giant Unilever has laid bare its entire palm oil supply chain, including all the suppliers and mills it sources from, to boost transparency in a rare industry move. Unilever said it was the first consumers goods company to publish such details, having disclosed the location of more than 1,400 mills and…

Producers fault proposed palm oil importation under ETLS

NIGERIA - Stakeholders and members of the Plantation Owners Forum of Nigeria (POFON) have urged the Federal Government to dismiss the proposed application by OLAM to import some oil palm products under the West African Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS). OLAM plans to import 95,000 metric tonnes (MT) of crude palm oil, 50,000 MT of Stearin…

Uganda farmers paid in Bidco project dispute

UGANDA – 36 farmers whose land was acquired for a controversial Bidco palm oil project in Uganda have been compensated, a payoff which follows mediation by the dispute resolution office of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). A Ugandan environmental lobby had last year filed the case at the IFC’s ombudsman on behalf of…

Nestle stops sourcing palm oil from REPSA, Guatemala

MEXICO – Nestle, the multinational food and beverage company, has stated that it has stopped buying palm oil from a Guatemalan company that has been accused by the country’s prosecutor of corruption. Guatemala’s prosecutor accused Reforestadora de Palmas del Peten S.A. (Repsa) of paying bribes to receive tax credits. Repsa also said in a statement…

Unilever’s Indonesian company signs MoU to support local mills and farms

SWITZERLAND - Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil. PTPN will provide Unilever access to its mills and its supplying farmer base as part of the signed…