Sustainable Palm Oil
One AgroAmerica company producing sustainable palm oil was recently RSPO Identity Preserved certified. It was the fourth palm oil company in the world to get this certification, which guarantees full traceability – from planting to shipment. This is also the fifth company to obtain the overall RSPO certification for sustainable palm oil in Latin America and the first one in Central America.
What is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil?
“We call it palm oil that was certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) according to specific criteria. By respecting those criteria, we can help to reduce the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities.
A growing number of players in the palm oil industry have committed to adopting more sustainable practices. The result of this gradual transition is an increasing amount of palm oil in our products that has been produced and sourced in a sustainable manner.”
AgroAmerica has been recognized as one of the leading agribusiness corporations that produces, processes and exports sustainable palm oil and we hold the RSPO certification. Our operations in Panama and Guatemala produce crude palm oil (CPO), crude palm kernel oil (CPKO) and almond palm kernel cake. Only the best industrial and agricultural practices are used, applying leading-edge technology and systems to guarantee the quality of our products as well as preservation of the environment.
Palm Oil Production
Palm oil production does not require vast tracts of land. Of the land dedicated to oil and fat crops around the world, only 6% are palm oil crops and they produce 28% of the total global oil volume. Palm oil production in Guatemala is geared completely towards human consumption. Guatemala ranks first in the world in terms of productivity per hectare, outperforming Malaysia and Indonesia. The shortage of land for sustainable palm oil cultivation means that we have had to be more efficient per hectare in order to minimize the social and environmental impact. At AgroAmerica we understand that sustainability is achieved through diverse efforts that involve environmentally appropriate agricultural operations that are both economically viable and socially beneficial, so that they contribute to the development of the country.
Nutritional value of palm oil
• It has vitamins A and E that help reduce cell damage that accelerates aging and development of some diseases.
• The fatty acids that palm oil has are vital for building the body’s cell membranes, including bones, nerves and brain.
• It has micronutrients that help cell functioning to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.
• It is free from cholesterol and fatty acids.
Palm Kernel Oil
Palm kernel oil is extracted from the nut, or kernel, that makes up the fruit bunch of the palm tree. The composition of this oil is different from the one obtained from the whole fruit of the palm tree. Palm kernel oil can be found in a number of products, including margarine, vegetable oil and shortening, creamers, chocolate and ice cream. Depending on the amount per serving, palm kernel oil may offer some health benefits. One benefit of palm kernel oil is that it is completely free of cholesterol.
The oil has a yellow color and can be easily refined. It then acquires a clear color and this is the form used to make hundreds of edible products. Olein and palm stearin are two variants of liquid oil obtained from the fractionation processes of the palm kernel oil, each one with different physical and chemical characteristics and specific functions for the application in food products.
Crude Palm Oil
Crude palm oil is obtained from the mesocarp of the palm oil fruit. It is characterized by a 1:1 ratio of palmitic and oleic acid, which gives it a high stability to oxidation and does not require hydrogenation (precursor process of trans fatty acids). It has a high content of vitamin A (carotene) and vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols).
The crude palm oil is used in its natural form as a raw material in the edible oil and fats industry, (liquid oils and margarines) animal feed, soaps, cosmetics and others. Thanks to its fatty acid relation, two by-products are obtained from the oil: stearin and olein, with a wide range of uses at the industrial level.
Palm Kernel Cake
Palm kernel cake, or palmiste, is obtained from the extraction of the oil from the palm fruit kernel. It has been shown that the cake is an important energy and protein source in the manufacture of animal feed. It’s used in livestock feed formulation; it provides soluble and insoluble fiber, proteins and fat, which are basic elements for the development of livestock, beef and dairy cattle.