Kroger has pledged to source all palm oil used in its own-label products from sustainable sources by the end of 2015.

The US retailer has joined the growing ranks of food manufacturers and retailers taking action on palm oil, a common ingredient that can contribute to deforestation if not sourced responsibly.

“Kroger recognises the benefits of using responsibly-sourced palm oil in all of our corporate brand products. We also recognise this is a developing issue for many of our suppliers, and we are committed to working with them to improve sustainability in the palm oil production supply chain,” the supermarket group said yesterday (15 April).

Kroger said it was working towards the goal of sourcing 100% of the palm oil used in own label products from RSPO-certified sources.

The company emphasised that, for the products it manufacturers itself, it already uses RSPO approved palm oil suppliers. “Our plants are modelling the way for our third-party suppliers,” Calvin Kaufman, Kroger’s group vice president of manufacturing, said.