Improving sustainability


IMACE and its members are committed to a sustainable production of margarine and vegetable oil spreads, and have embraced sustainability as one of their priorities for the years to come. They are proactively following and supporting sustainability policies.

Over the years, margarine manufacturers have improved the sustainable production of their products considerably, i.e. by increasing the sustainable sourcing of oils, reducing the emissions from transport and production, and limiting waste and water usage in their factories.

Today, margarines are a smart environmental choice compared to animal-based spreads like butter. They use approximately half of the land required for producing butter products, and the carbon footprint is less than one third the size of butter’s footprint[1].

IMACE and its members also prioritize sustainable oil sourcing. By striving to sustainably source the palm, coconut, soybean, rapeseed and sunflower oils used in margarines, the manufacturers contribute to the protection of the planet’s natural resources and ensure the security of long term supplies.

IMACE’s affiliate membership of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and its involvement in the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) are initiatives proving IMACE and its members’ commitment to a more sustainable production of margarines and vegetable oil spreads.

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[1] Nilsson K et al. Comparative Life cycle assessment of margarine and butter consumed in the UK, Germany and France. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 2010;15:916-926