Daabon Group has achieved the first Fair Trade USA certification of a palm oil product. Hain Celestial’s Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening comes from rural, small-scale farmers in the Magdalena Region of Colombia. Daabon’s focus on sustainable production methods, farmer empowerment and long-term community development was recognized by Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America.
Palm oil is the most efficient oil crop in the world, offering up to nine times more oil than soybean and more than five times more oil than canola per acre. Additionally, palm oil is the most used vegetable oil crop in the world, used in over 50 percent of packaged consumer food products. Unfortunately, the industry has been linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in many countries where it is produced. In the face of those concerns, the Daabon Group offers a refreshing alternative.