Swiss chocolate group Barry Callebaut is extending its commitment to use palm oil from sustainable sources.

The company announced this morning (23 January) that it will use fully segregated palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for compounds and fillings produced in Europe, starting this month.

In Asia-Pacific, the company said it already has the ability to deliver ingredients produced using RSPO-certified palm oil on a mass balance basis. These ingredients are available upon request.

Meanwhile, in the Americas, Barry Callebaut has also initiated a sustainable palm oil programme. The group said it is working towards being able to offer customers mass balance sustainable palm oil during the course of 2013.

“The demand for food products produced in a responsible way continues to grow, and we’re seeing this as well in our compound and fillings business with an increasing number of customers requiring sustainable palm oil,” said Steven Retzlaff, president global sourcing & cocoa.

“With this move to RSPO-certified palm oil for our compounds and fillings we will be able to more efficiently meet our customers’ needs and at the same time support sustainable agriculture that safeguards the environment in tropical regions.”