Bunge Loders Croklaan, a global leader in specialty oils and fats solutions for the food industry, is growing its organic portfolio in Europe, offering a steady and scalable supply of organic oils and fats, ranging from sunflower, rapeseed and soy to palm, shea and coconut. The company is also broadening its select network of organic farmers. This new offering lifts a common barrier — the difficulty in finding a reliable organic supplier — hindering food companies from moving toward organic status.
Growing Demand for Organic Food
Food brands attuned to their consumers’ needs are avidly striving to align their products with sustainability values, including an increasing demand for organic products. Last year Mintel reported that globally, 1 out of 8 food introductions was organic and in Europe this ratio was even higher at 1 out of 5. Moreover, the European Commission has sharpened its actions on the Green Deal’s “Farm to Fork” strategy to move Europe into a more healthy and sustainable food system. The Commission has specified a desired target of seeing 25% of total farmland dedicated to organic agriculture by 2030.
“Food companies increasingly view ‘organic’ as an expression of transparency and being closer to nature — messages that strongly resonate among the growing community of conscious consumers,” says Marcel Henneman, Director of Product Management EMEA for Bunge Loders Croklaan. “To achieve an ‘organic’ label status, food manufacturers are required not only to ensure the ingredients in their products are sourced organically, but also that the manufacturing processes employed are certified organic.”
Tailor-made Organic Innovation
“We invite brands to tap into our long-standing knowledge and experience in lipid processing,” enthuses Feike Swennenhuis, Marketing Director Europe for Bunge Loders Croklaan. “Whether formulating from scratch or reformulating traditional products, we can tailor any kind of fat solution to meet our customer’s specific organic aspirations and our approach is centered around our ‘let’s create together’ principle. We deliver organic quality for both primary lipid sources and more specialty lipids, such as lecithins and fat formulations for infant nutrition, confectionery, bakery, culinary and plant-based. We will continue to extend the options of customized organic solutions to a comprehensive range of food applications.”