So I noticed a tub of licorice (or liquorice) bites in my work’s common kitchen. I believe it was bought at Costco, and the name brand was Darrell Lea. I turned the tub over and read the ingredients. Sure enough, there was earth-destroying palm oil in it. So I wrote them an email. Then I wrote them a second email. Finally, I wrote again, using exclamation points and capital letters. Here’s their response:
Thank you for contacting Darrell Lea regarding the use of palm oil in our liquorice products.
I am not sure why we have not received your previous emails, but there have been a few changes to our computer system, including our internet service recently.
Darrell Lea is working towards removing palm oil from our liquorice products. We have a couple of compound ingredients that contain palm oil (which are RSPO) that our suppliers are attempting to replace for us. Work on providing us with alternative materials is ongoing as they do not currently any acceptable replacements.
Kind Regards, Sharon Fletcher Quality Assurance Manager
Well, at least they’re changing their sourcing plans now. But to again point to RSPO palm oil means absolutely nothing from that impotent organization, run-over by palm oil interests.
- Palm Oil Industry Seeks PR Help to Temper ‘Negative Buzz’ (odwyerpr.com)
- Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainable Palm Oil, Landfill Diversion, LEED (environmentalleader.com)