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Palm Oil Free Guide to Christmas Food

Our essential palm oil free guide to help those boycotting palm oil or only buying sustainable palm oil this Christmas 

This Christmas, you can buy your mince pies, chocolates, biscuits and Christmas puddings from companies that only use sustainable palm oil. Or you could choose to boycott palm oil and buy palm oil free products. 

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 using best practices in their sourcing.

For example, a company must have all of the possible palm products (palm oil, palm kernel oil, palm oil derivatives) used in its global supply chain certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) plus something extra like full disclosure of volumes, suppliers, or traceability to the mill. Or else a high proportion certified and even more other positive initiatives.

The higher proportion of palm sourced from 'segregated' supply chains, the easier it is for a company to achieve our best rating.

Another way companies can demonstrate engagement on this issue is by sourcing palm oil that is certified as organic.

For all of the best-rated companies, we list their individual products that are palm oil free.

See our full list of palm-oil free products

 

Palm oil free Mince Pies

Palm oil is often used in the vegetable suet in the mincemeat. All the palm oil free mince pies listed below are organic, apart from Iceland's.

Vegan, organic and palm oil free - Artisan Bread and Authentic Bread.

Company Palm Oil Free Products
Artisan Bread Company Organic, Vegan and Gluten-free Mince Pies. You can buy them from the Artisan Bread Organic website. 
Authentic Bread Company  Organic Mince PiesOrganic & Vegan Gluten-less Mince Pies
Roots & Wings  Organic Mince Pies, Organic Mini Mince Pies 
Abel & Cole (made by Authentic Bread Company) Mini Organic Mince Pies, Luxury Organic Mince Pies
Riverford (made by Authentic Bread Company)  Organic Mince Pies, Organic & Vegan Mince Pies.
Famous Hedgehog Bakery  Frangipane organic mini mince pies 
Artysan Artysan by Organico Organic 9 Mini Mince Pies
Iceland all Iceland own brand mince pies

Make your own mince pies

You could make your own mince pies using palm oil free mincemeat.

Authentic Bread Co, Infinity Foods, and Meridian all sell jars of organic, vegan, suet-free mincemeat.

Or you could make your own mincemeat without suet.

 

Palm Oil Free Christmas Puddings

Vegan, organic and palm oil free - Riverford, Infinity Foods

Vegan and palm oil free - Kite, Iceland

Organic and palm oil free - Roots and Wings, Abel & Cole

 Company   Palm Oil Free 
Riverford Organic 

Organic & Vegan Christmas Pudding.  

Infinity Foods Organic Vegan & gluten free Christmas Pudding.
Roots and Wings Organic Christmas Puddings and Organic & gluten free Christmas puddings. Buy from Roots and Wings website. 
Abel & Cole  Organic Luxury Christmas Puddings 
Kite Wholefoods  Vegan Christmas Plum Pudding. Buy from your local wholefood shop. 
Foods of Athenry  Very Merry Christmas Gluten- & Wheat-free Pudding. Buy from its online shop
Iceland  All own brand Christmas puddings which are all vegan too
Thursday Cottage  Nut-free Christmas puddings

Christmas Puddings with sustainable palm oil

The following company gets our best rating for their palm oil policy and sell Christmas puddings containing RSPO certified sustainable or organic palm oil:

  • Authentic Bread Company, Organic palm oil used in its Luxury Vegan Christmas Puddings 

 

Palm Oil Free Chocolate and gift chocolates

All the companies below only make palm oil free chocolate.

Company All Chocolate is Palm Oil Free
Vego all vegan, organic and Fairtrade too. Buy from Planet Organic*

Pacari

all fair trade, vegan and organic too. Go to their online shop

Beyond Good

all fair trade, organic and vegan too Buy from their website
Ombar all fair trade, vegan and organic
Booja Booja all organic and vegan too 

Moo Free

all vegan and organic too. 
MIA all fair trade and vegan
Cocoa Loco all Fairtrade & organic too Go to their online shop
Fairafric all fair trade and organic
Equal Exchange all fair trade and organic
Traidcraft all Fairtrade and organic
Divine all Fairtrade too Buy from Ethical Shop
Tony's Chocolonely all fair trade
Willie's Cacao all fair trade

Chocolat Madagascar 

all fair trade
Seed & Bean all organic too  Buy from their online shop

Plamil

all vegan too. Buy from their website
Montezuma Go to their online shop

The companies below make chocolate that is palm oil free but also they make some chocolate with palm oil in it. Below we list their palm oil free varieities.

Company Palm Oil Free Products
Biona organic, chocolate-covered raisins, hazlenuts, brazils, and almonds. Buy from Planet Organic*

Chocolate containing sustainable palm oil

The following companies get our best rating for their palm oil policy and sell some chocolate that contains RSPO certified sustainable or organic palm oil:

  • Biona, organic certified palm oil, all chocolate organic

Read our ethical shopping guide chocolate for companies' overall rating for corporate responsibility.

 

Biscuits

The biscuits most likely to be palm oil free are those that are 'all butter' or the more expensive 'cookies'.

Company Palm Oil Free Products
Island Bakery All biscuits and oatcakes except Sweet FA biscuits, buy from Planet Organic*. Oatcakes and Sweet FA range are vegan.
Traidcraft Chocolate Chunk & Sour Cherry Shortbread, Double Chocolate Chunk & Raspberry Shortbread, Half-coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger, Geobakes All Butter Shortbread Biscuits. Buy from here.
Amisa all biscuits
Biona all cripsbreads, spelt, corn and rice cakes
Lazy Day all biscuits plam oil free and vegan
Mr Organic all biscuits plam oil free and vegan

Biscuits containing sustainable palm oil

The following companies get our best rating for their palm oil policy and sell biscuits containing RSPO certified sustainable, Fairtrade or organic palm oil:

  • Island Bakery, uses sustainable palm in Sweet FA biscuits
  • Against the Grain, use organic palm oil. All biscuits vegan and gluten free
  • Doves Farm, use organic palm oil. All biscuits are organic and vegan 
  • Traidcraft, use FairPalm (its own fairly traded palm oil)
  • Biona, all biscuits and cookies contain organic palm oil. All vegan except blueberry and rapsberry cookies.
  • Nairn's, all contain palm oil. Everything, except cheese and salted caramel varieties, is vegan.
  • Hill's, all contain palm oil. Some are vegan.

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

 

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