Unilever to increase sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to help accelerate the production of sustainable palm oil in the country.
The deal with PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN), will see the pair work together to support local mills and farmers in producing palm oil in a way that doesn't cause deforestation, development on peat, or exploits people and communities.
The move comes as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing company that aims to drive transformational change in the palm oil supply chain.
Palm oil is a common ingredient in many food products and home and personal care items.
Unilever uses about 1 million tonnes of crude oil per year and estimates that it impacts about r 8% of global palm oil production, making it the largest user of physically certified palm oil in the consumer goods industry.
As a result, Unilever is hoping to make its use of palm oil more sustainable.
Through the partnership, PTPN will give Unilever access to its mill and its supplying farmer based.
Meanwhile, Unilever will help mills and farmers gain a sustainability certification by offering resources, funding and technical expertise.
In the long-term, the memorandum of understanding hopes to accelerate production standards in accordance with No Deforestation No Peat No Exploitation (NDNP) policies.
“Unilever’s ambition is to make sustainable palm oil mainstream,” said Unilever chief supply chain officer Marc Engel. “We have been working really hard to make this a reality and we have been evolving our approach over the years. We are involved in various partnerships to help smallholder farmers improve their yields while protecting the environment and local communities.
“The memorandum of understanding with PTPN is the first time we can apply the produce-protect model at scale – our partnership will have a positive impact in Indonesia from an environmental, social and economic perspective, which makes it unique to the industry.”
Erwan Pelawi, operating manager of PTPN III Holding Company, added: “Palm oil from smallholders also enters our supply chain through PTPN Group’s palm oil mills. Therefore, being able to source from certified smallholder farmers gives us the ability to produce quality and sustainable palm oil products.
“The memorandum of understanding with Unilever is expected to improve the quality of how smallholder farmers manage palm oil cultivation and will also accelerate the process of sustainable palm oil certification, which will, in turn, provide better benefits for the welfare of oil palm farmers in Indonesia.”
IHOP becomes IHOb, and the 'b' stands for burgers
The news of the rebrand was r...
IHOP Restaurants has rebranded, and will now be known IHOb, with the ‘b’ standing for burgers, the company has said.
The news of the rebrand was revealed next week, with speculation about what the ‘b’ may stand for, with guesses ranging from brunch to bananas.
In a release, IHOb said that change in fact celebrates the debut of the brand’s new Ultimate Steakburgers, a line-up of seven mouth-watering, all-natural burgers.
To show the brand is as serious about burgers as it is about its world-famous pancakes, it’s flipped the “p” to a “b” in their iconic name for the time being, including its Twitter handle.
A flagship IHOb restaurant in Hollywood, CA, has also been completely “re-burgered”, and will offer all of the company’s new range of burgers, with its Ultimate Stakeburgers to come in seven varieties.
“Burgers are a quintessential, American menu item so it makes perfect sense that IHOP, one of the most iconic, all-American comfort-food brands in the world, would go over the top to create a delicious line-up of quality burgers that hit the spot any time of day,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Head of Culinary at IHOb.
“Our new Ultimate Steakburgers are made with all-natural, 100% USDA Choice, Black Angus ground beef that is smashed on the grill to create a sear that locks in the juices and flavour.