Vilniaus Duona, affiliated to a corporate group Lantmännen Unibake, and operating the largest bakery in the Baltic States, is foregoing the use of uncertified palm oil in its products. Beginning from 2017 the corporate group will introduce the strict requirement, to which Vilniaus Duona had been adhering already, and will use only certified kind of this type of oil and will require the same from its partners. In the future, the corporate group will renounce the use of this kind of oil in general.
The member of the Lantmännen Unibake group, which has proclaimed the updated policy on the sustainable palm oil use, is VAASAN Oy, the leader of baking companies in Finland and the Baltic States, to which Vilniaus Duona is affiliated. From now on, all bakeries affiliated to the VAASAN group will be obligated to use only the certified oil, responsibly extracted and produced adhering to standards of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), for palm oil or non-oil-based ingredients.
„ Aiming to offer our consumers the most natural and healthy products, we have not been using palm oil and margarine for some time already. We welcome corporate group’s decision for the introduction of this policy to the entire group. From now on, we will take into consideration this criterion in choosing our partners. This way, we will encourage other market players in Lithuania to pay attention to the urgent problem and to contribute to the solution. “, – tells Director General of Vilniaus Duona Rita Ramanauskienė.
All the companies affiliated to VAASAN Oy, including Vilniaus Duona, will inform the suppliers of goods and raw materials about the updated policy and palm oil use requirements. Suppliers will have to ensure that, starting from 2017, the products they sell to VAASAN Oy will have the required RSPO certificate for palm oil, or are palm oil free. RSPO will carry out a palm oil audit in all companies of corporate group at the end of 2016. If the product were to contain palm oil, the supplier would have to go through its certification process.
The oil extracted from palm fruit is widely used in food production all over the world. However, recently environmental organizations increasingly draw attention to dangers caused by the usage of uncertified palm oil. Highly demanded worldwide oil is often extracted in palm plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia, bred after cutting down the tropical forests and peatlands drainage.