The sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

The palm oil within Nutella® is a quality vegetable oil, which respects the environment and those who cultivate it.

The palm oil within Nutella® is a quality vegetable oil, it comes only from freshly pressed fruits. It is processed at controlled temperatures, with the essential and final part of the process carried out directly by our experts. That's why the palm oil we us in Nutella® is a safe oil, like all other quality vegetable oils.  

The sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

Let's talk about the sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

Palm oil in Nutella®

From pressed tropical fruits

Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the palm tree fruits Elaeis Guineensis, which can be found in various equatorial zones. Today the main producing countries are Malaysia and Indonesia. This tree produces fruits which grow in large spherical bunches weighing between 10 and 40 kg. These tropical fruits, with a reddish colour and roughly the size of olives, are rich in oil (around 45%-65% of the pulp). The palm oil is extracted exclusively by pressing the fruit pulp, whilst another type of oil, palm kernel oil, can be produced from the seed. This oil is different to palm oil and more similar to coconut oil.

Did you know?

Palm oil has a better yield: up to 5 times higher than canola oil and sunflower oil, with an equal surface of cultivated land.

Our palm oil is 100% certified RSPO as segregated

The vegetable oil used in Nutella® is sustainable palm oil, 100% RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable palm oil)  certified as segregated. This means that our palm oil is kept separated from conventional palm oil along the whole supply chain. Ferrero's achievement of the RSPO certification has also been praised by Richard Holland, Director of WWF's Market Transformation Initiative.

Ferrero welcomes Greenpeace’s request for further supply chain transparency and agrees that this is an essential component of sustainable sourcing and supply chain responsibility, find here the full list of the mills Ferrero sources from.  

We use cutting-edge technology and take extreme care whilst processing to get a high quality oil

We have a long expertise in processing palm oil and we do it with great care, thanks to cutting-edge technologies and a specific focus on quality and safety.
Once the palm fruits have been harvested, we ensure that the pressing process, conducted by our suppliers, is carried out in the shortest time possible. After that, to better preserve the natural characteristics of the raw material, the processing and purification phases are conducted under controlled temperatures, even if this requires more time. The principle of freshness does not only drive our sourcing decisions but also the processing ones, when the oil arrives at our factories. It is here that, after stringent quality controls, we process it to ensure it has a neutral taste and smell,  in order to quickly use it in our recipe. For this reason, the palm oil we us in Nutella® is a safe oil, like all other quality vegetable oils.

The palm oil is extracted by heating the fruits with steam and then pressing the fruit's pulp

Palm oil gives Nutella® its signature creamy texture

It's palm oil that ensures the smooth, creamy texture and unique stability of the Nutella® recipe. Smoothness because at room temperature palm oil is semi-solid. Stability because palm oil resists longer to oxidation. Odourless and neutral in taste, it heightens the flavour and scent of all the other ingredients of Nutella®.

Non-hydrogenated palm oil

We use palm oil in our recipe because it has the ability to become semi-solid at room temperature. This allows us to avoid the fat hydrogenation process that would produce otherwise unhealthy trans fatty acids.

Does palm oil bear negative effects on health?

Contrary to some  views, it is not correct to state that palm oil bears negative effects on health. Ferrero has always paid great attention to both the quality of its products and its raw materials. Palm oil which has been used for thousands of years and is used for its natural qualities: its structure is ideal for confectionery products and spreads and, as a consequence, makes the use of hydrogenated fats unnecessary. 

Are the vegetable oils of Nutella® hydrogenated?

No. The vegetable oil contained in Nutella® is palm oil, which is naturally extracted from the palm fruit and gives the spread its creamy consistency. 

What is exactly the Ferrero Charter on Palm Oil?

The Ferrero Palm Oil Charter reflects our decision to strengthen our commitment to sustainable palm oil. It consists of a set of guidelines that aims to create a balance between environmental and social issues, and profitability.  The ten goals established by Ferrero in the Palm Oil Charter can be summarised as follows :

1. Supply chain traceability
2. Not clearing High Carbon Stock forests
3. Not using fire to clear land
4. Not planting on peat soils
5. Protection of endangered species
6. Monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions
7. Human rights enforcement, including FPIC – Free Prior Informed Consent
8. Enforcement of the rights of workers
9. No usage of Paraquat (herbicide)
10. Active fight against corruption

 All these issues are reviewed in cooperation with TFT

Is Nutella® safe for consumers?

Yes, Nutella is completely safe to eat. The health and well-being of consumers is an absolute priority for Ferrero. Claims that Nutella can give you cancer because it contains palm oil are irresponsible and are not backed by scientific evidence. 

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