Joining forces with their main supplier
The first step was to investigate which of their products contain palm oil. ‘This was a question we had never asked ourselves before.’ Ian (picture right) stated. They found around 80 to 100 of their items contained palm oil!
Edsential purchases most of their food items from one wholesaler, Brakes. Brakes had previously announced their ambition to source sustainable palm oil. Encouraging them to move faster was the next step: ‘I wanted them to get certified first so that we could then get certified behind them,’ Ian said.
Edsential convinced Brakes that becoming a palm oil frontrunner would be a market advantage, particularly in the light of the UK public procurement policy, which will require sustainable sourcing in the coming years.