Kompas, 16 April 2018
British supermarket chain Iceland Foods is planning to stop selling all products containing palm oil through its outlets. The company claimed it has removed 50% of palm oil-based products and targets to fully remove them by the end of 2018. Responding to this action, Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) Executive Director Mahendra Siregar sent an e-mail to Iceland Managing Director Richard Walker on April 13 through the Indonesian Embassy for the United Kingdom in London. He said that palm oil helped protect land all over the world as it had the highest productivity compared to other vegetable-based oils, such as those made from rapeseed, soybean and sunflowers. This action could trigger a 10-to-20 times bigger land conversion rate to replace current palm oil needs.
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