Another day, another realization that palm oil is everywhere. This time in Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Off goes an email. Here’s their response:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding our use of palm oil and how it impacts both the environment and our company.
We are working everyday within the PepsiCo system to operate in a more sustainable fashion. In particular, we are focusing on reducing our environmental footprint — including energy, water and packaging. We are also seeking to improve the nutritional quality of our portfolio.
As specifically regards palm oil, we are supporting the efforts of our suppliers to address issues related to palm oil.
Currently we do utilize palm oil in many of our products, though we are migrating away from its use worldwide in favor of oils lower in saturated fat. In the U.K. our Walker’s business switched to 100% high-oleic sunflower oil (“Sunseed”) to make their famous crisps. We have also transitioned a number of our Frito-Lay brands in the U.S. We believe this is a step in the right direction.
We encourage our suppliers of palm oil to support sustainable efforts. Cargill, our largest supplier of palm oil, is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. As a customer, we seek supply-partners who will take responsible actions to address these issues.
We appreciate your interest in our products, Rick, and thanks for the opportunity to respond.
Theresa Quaker Consumer Relations A Division of PepsiCo Ref# 027808422A
In a corporate world, I guess “encouraging” equals enforcement. And steps don’t a completed journey make (I just made that up). And there’s no information on about how they’re eliminating the palm oil in their Frito-Lay U.S. products. Frankly, that’s not enough.
Goodbye Quaker Oatmeal Squares!