UPDATED – 1/30/2013: Starburst and Skittles Have Palm Oil

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starburst (Photo credit: loveberry)

Sometimes it’s like turning a battleship — slow and cumbersome, but we can’t stop protesting corporate America.  I noticed palm oil in Starburst Candy.  Now I’m boycotting after their BS corporate response.

Thanks for contacting Wrigley – we always love hearing from our fans and are happy to help!

We will certainly pass your comments along to our Marketing and Corporate Development directors. Your point of view, along with other comments we may receive about this issue, will be carefully considered.

If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to contact us at 1-800-WRIGLEY (974-4539)  Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST or visit us at www.wrigley.com.

Have a sweet day!

Gregory Smith Consumer Care Representative

UPDATE – 1/30/2013:  I reached for a bag of Skittles at work today and read the label of this product that is also made by Wrigley.  Damn! Hydrogenated palm kernal oil.  I raced back to my desk to write an email to Wrigley, fearing the worst, knowing the BS response I received above back in October.  But in addition to sending an email, I actually called the number given above and spoke with an operator.  Here’s what she said:

(Paraphrased) Wrigley sources only 100% certified sustainable palm oil from members of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil.  This goes for all  Wrigley products [including Starburst and Skittles].  (Emphasis mine.)

And I asked further, “Does this mean now, or that this is the company’s target in the future?”  She said it’s their policy now.  While I’m a skeptic at heart, I want to believe them.

UPDATE – A MERE 10 MINUTES LATER:  Just received the email.  Why I didn’t get this back in October I’ll never know.

Thank you for contacting us about ingredients used in Wrigley products. 

At Wrigley, we are committed to responsibly sourcing our ingredients and work only with those suppliers who share our respect for the environment. 

Through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a non-profit association which works to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil within the supply chain, we are working to reduce the impacts of palm oil production and address concerns about the industry.

Currently, we only source palm oil from other RSPO members, and we are committed to using only 100-percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2013.  A key milestone in this journey will be the introduction of palm oil sourced via the mass balance option. This will ensure we are able to use a higher proportion of RSPO-certified palm oil in our products until we reach our 2013 goal. (Emphasis mine.)

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.  If you have any additional questions or comments please feel free to contact us at 1-800-WRIGLEY Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Sincerely,

Sandy Barnes Consumer Care Representative

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The RSPO is BS to me.  So take this for what it’s worth.  Just what does anything from the greedy greenwashers at the RSPO mean these days?  We know they can slap the “sustainable” label on virtually anything — including products derived from secondary forests that destroyed previous HCV forests (see other RSPO posts on this space).  So I’m still skeptical.  I won’t buy it unless it’s certified and traceable as “sustainable” by a party other than the RSPO.

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One Response to UPDATED – 1/30/2013: Starburst and Skittles Have Palm Oil

  1. Kim says:

    Ug. I just got some starburst from the vending machine and I see hydrogenated PALM Kernal Oil as the 3rd ingredient. I feel like contacting my company HR dept. and asking them to stop filling our vending machines with poison that is killing our rain forests. I am so sick to death of corporate american BS i could vomit a million times over. They can’t make this junk out of anything else? Surely there is a better alternative. No more Starburst for me. No more skittles for me either.

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