UPDATE: 1/10/2018: A reader commented below that he just saw that Darrell Lea liquorice STILL contains palm oil despite the company’s promise to move away from the palm oil greed that is as addictive as opioids. So I just wrote them a follow up email asking what gives.
Well that was fast. Here’s there response hot off the internets:
I appreciate you reaching back out to us and I personally understand your concerns with the use of Palm Oil. We have trialled alternative ingredient sources but have been unable to replicate the same quality to date. As a business, we continue to seek “better” ways to manufacture and our product portfolio is certainly ahead of the general market when it comes to ingredients that are both better for the environment as well as our consumers. I do appreciate however that the use of Palm Oil is one area that we need review.We do source RSPO but I note your thoughts around this.Please feel free to contact me directly at any time for an update…. I will be honest in saying that we are yet to find a suitable replacement so I do not expect changes in the immediate future. However, please know that I understand and appreciate your concerns and know that we are continuing to work on alternatives.
So I wrote them back with one parting shot (from 2018)
So you continue to cause deforestation, death of orangutans, displacement and/or enslavement of indigenous peoples and the exacerbation of global warming…for licorice? OK, good to know
I”ll continue my 4+ year boycott.
Original Post: August 22, 2012
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)