Nortech Foods brings packed sustainable palm oil to the UK


Nortech Foods has become the first company in the UK to offer fully certified sustainable palm oil to the food manufacturing industry in a packed format. In a tie-up with new Britain Oils Limited (NBOL) Nortech will add sustainable, boxed palm oil and shortening products to its extensive portfolio of oils and fats. This is a significant step forward for a sector looking to ensure that it procures sustainable ingredients which have been produced to the highest ethical and environmental standards.

Nortech Foods, the leading supplier of boxed frying, baking and roasting products, is working with NBOL to increase the availability and affordability of sustainable palm oil to the UK food and personal care sectors. 

This partnership will help to overcome the primary challenges facing the  wholesale conversion to sustainable palm oil among the UK manufacturing and foodservice industry – those of affordability and traceability. NBOL, via its parent company New Britain Palm Oil Limited, has plantations in Papua New Guinea which are certified as being sustainable by the international Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil criteria.

NBOL will provide Nortech with palm oil from its UK refinery in Liverpool which will be fully commissioned this spring. This integrated palm oil processing facility will be able to offer all the main palm oil grades to the UK in a segregated sustainable format at a price that is genuinely comparable with oil from unknown / unsustainable sources.

Gary Lewis, Nortech’s commercial manager, explained more. “We’re delighted to be able to extend the range of segregated sustainable palm oil available to the UK market as these will be the first products of their kind to hit the marketplace in a packed format. Businesses are under increasing pressure to use ingredients from known and sustainable sources, and so our alliance with NBOL means that customers who don’t buy their oils in bulk tanker loads but in more convenient pack sizes, can still access palm oil(s) that have been produced responsibly.”

Andy Worrall, director at NBOL commented: “Nortech Foods is the ideal partner for us when it comes to selling boxed palm based products. Our research tells us over 80 per cent of consumers want food manufacturers and retailers to know where their palm oil has come from and that it was produced in a sustainable way.

“To give consumers what they want, it is vital that more and more products are available in an affordable, traceable and sustainable format. Nortech have proven technical and operational expertise in supplying the foodservice, food manufacturing and bakery fats sectors with a broad range of high quality products. These sustainable palm based products will be an obvious extension to Nortech’s range and so a real solution for the many customers who have already asked about sourcing segregated sustainable versions of their existing oils.”

Grown predominantly in South East Asia, palm oil is an extremely versatile vegetable oil and very often the only commercially viable and naturally occurring alternative to chemically modified vegetable fats. As a result, it is found in a great many of our every day consumer products. Palm oil yields around 10 times more oil per hectare than the other major sources of vegetable oil and is therefore expected to play a vital role in meeting the world’s food needs in the future. As it is grown in tropical climates, mostly in developing or under-developed countries, it is also essential that palm oil is produced in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way. In this way, the impact of its production can be significant benefits to local communities but should not include, for example, the draining of carbon rich peat lands, the destruction of vital tropical rainforests or the loss of rights of indigenous people to occupy their lands.

To find out more about packed sustainable palm oil products from Nortech, visit their stand – T241 – at the Food & Drink Expo, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC 21st - 24th March or alternatively visit

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