The sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

There’s palm oil… and then there’s palm oil of Nutella®.

The palm oil within Nutella® is an excellent quality vegetable oil, it comes only from freshly pressed fruits. It is processed at controlled temperatures, with the essential and final part of the process carried out directly by our experts. That's why the palm oil we use in Nutella® is a safe oil, like all other quality vegetable oils. 

The sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

Let's talk about the sustainable palm oil in Nutella®

Palm oil in Nutella®

From pressed tropical fruits

Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the palm tree fruits Elaeis Guineensis, which can be found in various equatorial zones. Today the main producing countries are Indonesia and Malaysia. This tree produces fruits which grow in large spherical bunches weighing between 10 and 40 kg. These tropical fruits, with a reddish colour and roughly the size of olives, are rich in oil (around 45%-65% of the pulp). The palm oil is extracted exclusively by pressing the fruit pulp, whilst another type of oil, palm kernel oil, can be produced from the seed. This oil is different to palm oil and more similar to coconut oil.

Did you know?

Palm oil has an excellent yield: up to 5 times higher than rapeseed oil and sunflower oil, with an equal surface of cultivated land.

Our palm oil is 100% certified RSPO as segregated

The vegetable oil used in Nutella® is sustainable palm oil, 100% RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable palm oil) certified as segregated. This means that our palm oil is kept separated from conventional palm oil along the whole supply chain. Ferrero's achievement of the RSPO certification has also been praised by Richard Holland, Director of WWF's Market Transformation Initiative.

Ferrero welcomes Greenpeace’s request for further supply chain transparency and agrees that this is an essential component of sustainable sourcing and supply chain responsibility, find here the full list of the mills Ferrero sources from.  


We use cutting-edge technology and take extreme care whilst processing to get a high quality oil

We have a long expertise in processing palm oil and we do it with great care, thanks to cutting-edge technologies and a specific focus on quality and safety.
Once the palm fruits have been harvested, we ensure that the pressing process, conducted by our suppliers, is carried out in the shortest time possible. After that, to better preserve the natural characteristics of the raw material, the processing and purification phases are conducted under controlled temperatures, even if this requires more time. The principle of freshness does not only drive our sourcing decisions but also the processing ones, when the oil arrives at our factories. It is here that, after stringent quality controls, we process it to ensure it has a neutral taste and smell,  in order to quickly use it in our recipe. For this reason, the palm oil we us in Nutella® is a safe oil, like all other quality vegetable oils.

The palm oil is extracted by heating the fruits with steam and then pressing the fruit's pulp

Palm oil gives Nutella® its signature creamy texture

It's palm oil that ensures the smooth, creamy texture and unique stability of the Nutella® recipe. Smoothness because at room temperature palm oil is semi-solid. Stability because palm oil resists longer to oxidation. Odourless and neutral in taste, it heightens the flavour and scent of all the other ingredients of Nutella®.

Non-hydrogenated palm oil

We use palm oil in our recipe because it has the ability to become semi-solid at room temperature. This allows us to avoid the fat hydrogenation process that would produce otherwise unhealthy trans fatty acids.

Does palm oil bear negative effects on health?

Contrary to some opportunistic views it is not correct to state that palm oil is detrimental to human health. Ferrero has always paid great attention to both the quality of its products and its raw materials. Palm oil is used essentially for its natural origin; its structure is ideal for confectionery products and spreads and, as a consequence, makes the usage of hydrogenated fats unnecessary. Palm oil has been used in human nutrition for thousands of years. Many scientific studies corroborate the neutrality of palm oil effects on metabolism within a balanced diet. 

Are the vegetable oils of Nutella® hydrogenated?

No. The vegetable oil contained in Nutella® is palm oil, which is naturally extracted from the palm fruit and gives the spread its creamy consistency. For this reason, the product does not have to undergo a hydrogenation process responsible for the formation of trans fats, which are considered particularly unhealthy by both authorities and the scientific community. 

Does the palm oil used for the production of Nutella® affect the environment?

Ferrero joined the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) as early as 2005. This association established a set of principles to foster the production and usage of socially and environmentally-sustainable palm oil. Since December 2013, Nutella produced worldwide physically contains 100% segregated RSPO certified palm oil. Anyway, Ferrero's responsibility does not stop at certification: its commitment continues through its Palm Oil Charter, launched in 2013, to address the leading causes of deforestation and create a balance between the conservation of the environment, community needs and economic benefit and viability. Furthermore, Ferrero actively supports the POIG, a multi-stakeholder initiative with a mission to transform the palm oil industry, and break the link between palm oil, the destruction of forests and peatlands, and the violation of human and labour rights.

Is Nutella® safe for consumers?

Yes, Nutella is completely safe to eat. The health and well-being of consumers is an absolute priority for Ferrero. Particularly, claims that Nutella can give you cancer because it contains palm oil are irresponsible and have no scientific evidence. 

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