IOI-Loders Croklaan welcomed its first bulk vessel shipment of RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil in New Orleans on Feb. 20.

Integrated palm oil producer IOI-Loders Croklaan, Channahon, Ill., welcomed its first bulk vessel shipment of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil in New Orleans on Feb, 20, and will be kept fully segregated during transport to the IOI-Loders Croklaan refinery, the company says.

The oil will be offered to the market as certified, mass balance oil with first deliveries of certified oil to customers beginning April. This market-leading initiative illustrates the flexibility of IOI-Loders Croklaan’s fully integrated supply chain while confirming the ability to effectively offer certified segregated oil to the market. In April 2010, the company became the first to offer RSPO-certified segregated palm oil in continental Europe on a large scale.

“Considering how prevalent palm oil is in our everyday lives, its sustainable production is critical to meet rising demand and to protect the environment in which its grown,” says David McLaughlin, managing director and vice president, agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C. “We are very pleased to see the leadership IOI-Loders Croklaan has taken by introducing RSPO-certified palm oil to the North American market, giving assurance to buyers that it was produced in ways that avoids illegal deforestation and protects the habitats of some of the most iconic species in the world, like the orangutan and Sumatran tiger. We encourage all users of palm oil to commit to using only certified sources, and join the movement to support the sustainable production of this commodity.”