Palm Oil Free Products




Last updated: August 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 | Biscuits | Boxes of Chocolates | Chocolate spread | Nut butters | Pet food


You can help us to grow our palm oil free list by:

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with details of any products that are palm oil free.






Best rating for palm oil:

  • Waitrose 
  • M&S


The following have received a worst rating:

  • Iceland, Booths, Ocado


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 > 
  • Bahlsen: Choco Leibniz Dark, Milk, Chocolate Orange; Butter Biscuits; 
  • Walkers: Shortbread, All Butter Sultana Biscuits, Chocolate Chip; 
  • Waitrose: All Butter Cookies (except salted caramel), Milk Chocolate & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Scottish Shortbread, Belgian dark chocolate thins, Viennese swirls & fingers, Seriously shortbread, Seriously chocolate and ginger biscuits, Seriously triple chocolate, Continental milk chocolate butter biscuits, Continental dark chocolate butter biscuits
  • M&S: Shortbread Rounds & Fingers, All Butter Dunkers, All Butter Cookies, All Butter Biscuits, All Butter Battenberg Squares, Viennese Swirls, Viennese Chocolate Dipped Fingers, Roly Poly Swirls, Mini Oat, 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,


Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Iceland


See our biscuits 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


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Waitrose


Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Butcher's, Hi-Life, Eukanuba, Iams


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:

  • Essential (organic): all
  • Suma (organic): all
  • Meridian: all, some organic
  • Whole Earth: 100% Peanuts organic


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Meridian
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Essential (organic), Suma, Whole Earth, Waitrose, M&S




Chocolate spread


Palm oil free chocolate spreads:

Very hard to find.

  • Waitrose 1 Dark Chocolate Spread


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Essential (Fairtrade & organic), Plamil (organic & vegan), Traidcraft (FairPalm), Vivani (organic), Nutella, Waitrose, M&S




Boxes of chocolates and gift chocolates


Best Buy Palm oil-free boxes of chocolates:


Other Palm oil-free boxes of chocolates:

  • Vivani (organic): all gift chocolate (mini bars gift tins)
  • M&S: Sequin Star/Tree with Truffles, Sparkling Wine Truffles, Dulce de Leche Truffles, Marc de Champagne Truffles, Mixologist's Box, Chocolate filled Christmas Crackers, Gastronomic Collection, Sparkling Caramels, Marzipan Collection, Italian Gianduiotto
  • Waitrose: Dark Chocolate Mint Creams, Dark Chocolate Mint Thins, Chocolate Mint Collection, Chocolate Ginger, Waitrose 1 Marc de Champagne dark truffles, Waitrose 1 Milk Chocolate Truffles, Waitrose 1 Ultimate Champagne Truffles


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Booja Booja (organic, palm oil free company),
  • Divine (Fairtrade, palm oil free company),
  • Cocoa Loco (organic),
  • Montezuma (organic),
  • Vivani (organic),
  • Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello,
  • Mondelez brands (Green & Black's Organic Collection, Milk Tray, Roses, Heroes, Terry's Chocolate Orange, Terry's All Gold, Toblerone),
  • Waitrose,
  • M&S,


Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Iceland


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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