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 Christmas food shopping, mince pies, boxes of chocolate and biscuits 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

Mince Pies

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 Pies*
Roots & Wings  Organic Mince Pies, Organic Mini Mince Pies, Gluten-free Organic Mince Pie. Buy from realfoods.co.uk
Abel & Cole Mini Organic Mince Pies*, Luxury Organic Mince Pies*
Riverford (made by Authentic Bread Company  Organic Mince Pies, Vegan Mince Pies. Buy from Riverford Organics
Waitrose & Partners 

Duchy Organic Butter Pastry Mince Pies*

Iceland Luxury Mince Pies, Standard and Gluten-free

You could make your own mince pies using palm oil free mincemeat. Palm oil is usually used in the vegetable suet. 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.

All the products of the following brands are palm oil free:

  • Artisan Bread Organic, palm oil free company
  • Infinity Foods, palm oil free company
  • Meridian, palm oil free company

The following companies also sell mince pies containing RSPO certified sustainable or organic palm oil:

  • Walkers, RSPO certified
  • Abel & Cole, RSPO certified
  • Riverford Organics, Organic palm oil 
  • Waitrose, RSPO certified
  • M&S, RSPO certified
  • Sainsbury's, RSPO certified 
  • Authentic Bread Company, Organic palm oil 
  • Organico Realfoods, Organic palm oil 

Christmas Puddings

 Company   Palm Oil Free 
Riverford Organic 

Small Christmas Pudding, Large Christmas Pudding, Vegan Christmas Pudding. Buy from Riverford Organics.  

Infinity Foods Organic Vegan Christmas Pudding. Buy from the Infinity Foods website.
Roots and Wings All Christmas Puddings. Buy from Roots and Wings website. 
Berries, Isle of Man  All Christmas Puddings. Buy directly from its website
Kite Wholefoods  Vegan Christmas Plum Pudding. Buy from Infinity Foods
Foods of Athenry  Very Merry Christmas Gluten-free Pudding. Buy from its online shop

The following companies use RSPO certified sustainable or organic palm oil in their Christmas puddings:

  • Walkers, RSPO certified
  • Abel & Cole, RSPO certified
  • Waitrose, RSPO certified
  • M&S, RSPO certified
  • Sainsbury's, RSPO certified
  • Authentic Bread Company, Organic palm oil 

Biscuits

Palm oil free biscuits:

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

Company 
 

 Palm Oil Free Products
Island Bakery All biscuits, buy from Planet Organic*
Traidcraft Half coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger, Geobakes Shortbread Biscuits, Shortbread Rounds
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Milk, Dark and Orange Chocolate, Leibniz Butter, Leibniz Zoo, Choco Moments, Buy online from Waitrose*
Walkers All shortbread, plus All Butter Sultana, Gingerbread Man Tin, Mini Oat Biscuits, Mini Belgian Choc Chip, Oat Shortbread, all 'Thins'. 
Waitrose

all Waitrose 1 biscuits except Belgian white chocolate & lemon biscuits, all Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits

Plus: Mini oat biscuits, Continental dark chocolate butter biscuits, Continental milk chocolate butter biscuits, Viennese vanilla swirls, All butter vanilla Viennese swirls, Chocolate Viennese fingers, Butter almond Viennese swirls, Belgian Double Chocolate Cookies. Buy online from Waitrose*

M&S  All varieties of ‘All Butter Cookies’. All shortbread.

Plus: White Chocolate & Sicilian Lemon Cookies, Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies, Sticky Ginger & Lemon Drizzle Cookies, Viennese Milk Chocolate Dipped Fingers, All Butter Viennese Swirls, Mini Oat Biscuits, All Butter Biscuits, Strawberries & Cream Drizzle Cookies, Milk Chocolate, Pecan & Salted Caramel Florentines, All Butter Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers, Belgian Milk Chocolate Florentines, Belgian Dark Chocolate & Ginger Florentines, Belgian Chocolate Chunk Cookie

All the products of the following company are palm oil free:

  • Island Bakery, palm oil free company

The following companies also make biscuits that contain RSPO certified sustainable, Fairtrade or organic palm oil:

  • Against the Grain, organic palm oil 
  • Doves Farm, organic palm oil 
  • Waitrose, organic palm oil 
  • Duchy Organic, organic palm oil 
  • Traidcraft, use FairPalm (its own fairly traded palm oil)
  • Bahlsen, RSPO certified
  • Walkers, RSPO certified
  • M&S, RSPO certified
  • Waitrose, RSPO certified
  • Mrs Crimble's, RSPO certified
  • Fox's, RSPO certified
  • Burton's Biscuits (Jammie Dodgers, Lyons, Maryland, The Edinburgh Bakery, Viscount, Wagon Wheels), RSPO certified

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

Chocolate bars, snack bars, boxes and gift chocolates

Company Palm Oil Free Products
Divine All chocolate (After Dinner thins, Chocolate Bar Selection, Belgian Chocolate Collection) buy from Ethical Shop >
Booja Booja all chocolate (truffles) buy from Waitrose* >
Cocoa Loco all chocolate go to their online shop >
Montezuma all gift chocolate go to their online shop >
Seed & Bean all chocolate  buy from Ethical Shop* >

Chocolat Madagascar 

all chocolate,

Pacari

all chocolate, buy from Planet Organic*

Madecasse

all chocolate

Moo Free

all chocolate

The Raw Chocolate Company

all chocolate, buy from Planet Organic*

Plamil

all chocolate
Vivani most chocolate is palm oil free except Espresso Biscotti and Milky Creme bars, buy from Planet Organic*
M&S

Bars and Snack Bars:

Dark Chocolate with Ginger, White Chocolate Mountain Bar, Dark Chocolate Mountain Bar, Milk Swiss Chocolate Mountain Bar, Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate Mountain Bar, Extra Fine Swiss Dark Chocolate Discs, Extra Fine Milk Chocolate Discs, Extra Fine Milk Swiss Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Extra Fine Dark Swiss Chocolate, Extra Fine Milk Swiss Chocolate, Dark Chocolate 72%, Latte Coffee Kick Bar, Hazelnut Praline, Swiss Chocolate, The Dark One, The White One, Milk One, Turkish Delight, Dark Chocolate with Italian Orange, White Chocolate With Vanilla, Intense Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocoalte Single Origin Dominican Republic, White Chocolate, Raspberry & Matcha Bar, Single Origin Ecuadorian 72% Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Mint, Italian Milk Chocolate Gianduja, Italian Gianduja Bar with Whole Hazelnuts, Dark Choc S/O Madagascar 71%, Single Origin Colombian White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Slab, Sea Salt Caramels

M&S Gift Boxes:

Neapolitans, Milk Chocolate Truffles, Australian Milk Chocolate Coated Ginger, Assorted Chocolate Malt Balls, Marc de Champagne Truffles, Dulce de Leche Truffles, Cocoa Dusted Liquid Salted Caramels, Hand Decorated Nut & Fruit Mendiants, Peppermint Creams, Sparkling Caramels, Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles, Dark Chocolate Marzipan, Single Malt Whisky Truffles, Italian Gianduiotto, Gin Chocolate Collection, Swiss Chocolate After Dinner Collection

Waitrose All Waitrose 1 chocolate bars, Belgian fruit & nut milk chocolate, Chocolate ginger, Dark chocolate mint creams. Buy from the Waitrose website*. 

All the products of the following companies are palm oil free:

  • 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

The following companies also make chocolate that contains RSPO certified sustainable or organic palm oil:

  • Biona, organic/RSPO certified palm oil
  • Vivani, organic palm oil
  • Waitrose, RSPO certified
  • M&S, RSPO certified

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

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