Palm Oil Free Products




Last updated: November 2017



Palm Oil Free and Sustainable Palm Oil Products


Palm oil is hidden in a wide range of products that we buy everyday, from chocolate to pet food. Demand for palm oil has undergone a phenomenal growth and is expected to more than double by 2030 and triple by 2050. 


Image: Palm Oil 



More palm plantations means clearing rainforests and peatlands especially in South East Asia, spelling disaster for local communities, biodiversity and climate change. 

For example deforestation is pushing the orang-utan closer to the brink of extinction. 


Palm Oil Free List

We've put together a list of companies which receive our best rating for palm oil either for being a palm oil free company or for only using certified sustainable or organic palm oil. Plus, we list the products from the best-rated companies that are palm oil free.

(Those brands rated best for palm oil are not necessarily rated best for overall corporate responsibility.)



Supermarkets | BiscuitsBread | Boxes of Chocolates | Chocolate spread | Nut butters | Pet food


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Best rating for palm oil:

  • Waitrose 
  • M&S


The following have received a worst rating:

  • Iceland, Booths, Ocado, Spar


See supermarkets guide for companies' overall rating.





Palm oil free biscuits:

Most likely those biscuits that are 'all butter' or the more expensive 'cookies'.

  • Island Bakery (all organic): all biscuits - buy now > 
  • Traidcraft: Half Coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger, Geobakes Shortbread Biscuits
  • Bahlsen: Choco Leibniz Milk, Dark and Orange Chocolate, Leibniz Butter, Leibniz Zoo
  • Walkers: all shortbread,  Thick and Crunchy Oatcakes, Three Seed Oatcake, Oat Crunch Biscuits
  • Waitrose: all Waitrose 1 biscuits, all Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits
    Plus: Shortbread selection, Scottish Shortbread Stars, Scottish shortbread fingers, Scottish chocolate chip shortbread, Scottish stem ginger shortbread, Continental dark chocolate butter biscuits, Continental milk chocolate butter biscuits, Flapjack all butter cookies, Stem ginger all butter cookies, Vanilla Viennese fingers, Chocolate Viennese fingers, Almond Viennese swirls, Mini oat biscuits, Belgian double chocolate cookies, Belgian triple chocolate cookies, Belgian chocolate & hazelnut cookies, Belgian white chocolate cookies, White Chocolate & Lemon All Butter Cookies, Milk chocolate chip cookies, White & plain chocolate cookies, Cranberry & white chocolate cookies, Walnut chocolate raisin & oat cookies, Mini choc chip cookies.
  • M&S: Selection of chocolate chunk cookies (tin), Scottish Shortbread Selection (tin), All Butter Scottish Shortbread (tin), Ginger & Cinammon Spiced Biscuit Thins (tin), Belgian Chocolate Chunk Cookies.


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Island Bakery
  • Use organic palm oil - Against the Grain, Doves Farm
  • Use FairPalm - Traidcraft
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Nairn's, Bahlsen, Walkers, Hill Biscuits, M&S, Waitrose, Burton's Biscuits


See our biscuits buyers' guide to see how the companies compare on their overall corporate responsibility. 





Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Biona - use organic palm oil
  • M&S
  • Waitrose
  • Jackson's
  • Weight Watchers
  • Warburtons


See our bread buyers' guide to see how the companies compare on their overall corporate responsibility.




Pet food


Palm oil free

  • Ami, Beco, Benevo, Yarrah, Burns, Meowing Heads, Harringtons, Wagg, Barking Heads, V-Dog, Applaws, Encore, Lily's Kitchen, Eukanuba, Iams


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Waitrose


Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Butcher's, Hi-Life


See our dog food guide and cat food guide to see how the companies compare on their overall corporate responsibility.




Nut butters


Palm oil free nut butters:

  • Suma: all palm oil free, all organic, some Fairtrade too
  • Biona: all palm oil free, all organic
  • Raw Health: all palm oil free, all organic
  • Meridian: all palm oil free, some organic
  • Whole Earth: 100% Peanuts organic


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Meridian
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Biona, Raw Health, Suma, Whole Earth, Waitrose, M&S




Chocolate spread


Palm oil free chocolate spreads:

Very hard to find.

  • Biona - all palm oil free and organic
  • Waitrose 1 Dark Chocolate Spread
  • Mr Organic -  all palm oil free and organic and dairy free


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Mr Organic
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Plamil (organic & vegan), Biona (organic), Traidcraft (FairPalm), Nutella, Waitrose, M&S




Bars, boxes and gift chocolates


All chocolate is palm oil free:


Following products are palm oil free:

  • M&S: Penguin Igloo, Gastronomic chocolate collection, Salted caramel pine cones, Sparkling Caramels, After Dinner Mints, Cherry Liquers, Chocolate Marzipan, Marc de Champagne truffles, Cocoa Dusted Lquid Salted Caramels.
  • Waitrose: Dark chocolate mint creams, Dark chocolate mint thins, Milk Chocolate Snowmen, White Chocolate Snowman, Dark chocolate covered stem ginger, Chocolate ginger, Belgian Dark Chocolate Cherry Liqueurs, Belgian Marzipan Bites, Belgian Milk Chocolate Caramels, Waitrose 1 Champagne Truffles, Waitrose 1 Marc de Champagne dark truffles, Waitrose 1 milk chocolate truffles, Waitrose 1 dark chocolate truffles, Waitrose 1 Salted Chocolate Collection, Waitrose 1 salted caramel truffles, Swiss Neapolitan Assortment, Swiss Milk Chocolate Alpine Bites


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Booja Booja (palm oil free company),
  • Divine (palm oil free company),
  • Seed & Bean (palm oil free company)
  • Montezuma (palm oil free company),
  • Cocoa Loco (palm oil free company),
  • Chocolat Madagascar (palm oil free company)
  • Pacari (palm oil free company)
  • Madecasse (palm oil free company)
  • Moo Free (palm oil free company)
  • The Raw Chocolate Company (palm oil free company)
  • Biona (organic palm oil)
  • Vivani (organic palm oil)
  • Plamil (organic palm oil)
  • Waitrose
  • M&S



Read our ethical shopping guide to Boxes of chocolates for companies' overall rating for corporate responsbility.



How we rate companies for Palm Oil policy



Companies will receive one of the following ratings in our Palm Oil column on our scorecards:


Worst rating

  • Companies using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments score a worst rating.


Middle rating

  • The minimum that needs to be achieved for a middle rating is a fully certified supply chain, or a partially certified supply chain with other positive commitments met, such as disclosure of suppliers.


Best rating

  • Companies able to demonstrate a fully certified supply chain for all palm ingredients used by the whole company group, and who also declare suppliers and volumes will receive a best rating.
  • Companies that are palm oil free - using neither palm oil (CPO), palm kernel oil (PKO) nor palm derivatives - will also receive a best rating.




Consumer Power 


As consumers we need to use our power at the check out to continue to drive change in the palm oil industry. Pushing companies to buy certified sustainable palm oil is one clear way of doing this.

There is a growing recognition that even if all the big western manufacturers stopped using palm oil, the problems of unsustainable production would not go away.

India and China each consume more palm oil than the EU, and production is projected to increase 50% by 2020. At the same time, Indonesia has just increased subsidies to boost palm oil production for biofuel.

If countries with more developed consumer campaigns turn away from palm oil altogether, the most damaging forms of production may prevail.



Buy or Boycott?


Consumers increasingly want to avoid the ingredient where possible, but it's a tricky task as it's used in so many products - more than 50% of supermarket products from margarine and oven chips to soaps and detergents. 

We are urging readers to boycott products from companies that aren't using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil now. Promising to source responsibly in the future is no longer good enough. You may also choose to avoid products containing any palm oil, whether it be sustainably sourced or not.








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