Global oils and fats industry solutions business Bunge Loders Croklaan has confirmed an expansion of its organic portfolio in Europe, including sunflower, rapeseed, soy, palm, shea and coconut-based applications, reports Neill Barston.
The company, which operates in a number of sectors including confectionery and bakery ranges, is also broadening its select network of organic farmers – which it said has previously proved challenging for many firms in finding reliable suppliers, hindering their progress.
As Bunge noted, 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, one out of eight food introductions was organic and in Europe this ratio was even higher at one in five.
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.”
“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 customised organic solutions to a comprehensive range of food applications.”