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McCain Foods: Award for 'sustainable ingredient sourcing'

03 March 2010

McCain Foods has been awarded a WASPO by Bill Wiggin MP in recognition of its switch in 2006 from palm oil to sunflower oil across its food manufacturing operations

Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster, who established the WASPO (Wiggin Award for Sustainable Palm Oil)award scheme said, “The issue of palm oil sourcing is extremely serious and it is vitally important that the food industry works with its suppliers to encourage sustainable palm oil production to prevent the destruction of rainforests and orangutan habitats. By not using palm oil, McCain Foods has demonstrated how a commitment to product innovation and reformulation can go hand in hand with doing the right thing.”

Bill Bartlett, Corporate Affairs Director, said, “We made the switch from palm oil to sunflower oil as part of our It’s All Good campaign and it really has been a win-win for us as a company. Not only are we able to show we have a sustainable supply chain; but moving to sunflower oil has also enabled us to further reduce the levels of saturated fat by an average of 70% across our entire product portfolio ensuring our customers can enjoy even healthier versions of their favourite foods.”

Wiggin concluded, “I have always believed it is important to highlight examples of best practice and reward those who have done the right thing, particularly on such an important issue as palm oil. That is the reason I set up the WASPO award and why I am pleased to recognise McCain’s achievements in this area.”

The award was given to Bartlett, Corporate Affairs Director at the House of Commons on 2 March 2010.


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