Palsgaard’s carbon-neutral production taps into demand for sustainability

Amid growing consumer demand for sustainable food products in Europe, emulsifier specialist Palsgaard will be showcasing its carbon-neutral approach at Food Ingredients Europe, which will be taking place from 3-5 December in Paris.

Palsgaard, known as the inventor of the modern plant-based food emulsifier, achieved carbon-neutral production last year after cutting net emissions from 12,029 tonnes in 2010 to zero in 2018.

The Danish company’s net-zero production taps into growing demand for sustainable food products across Europe.

According to recent research published by the International Trade Centre and European Commission, 98% of food retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain reported increased sales of sustainable products over the last five years.

The research also showed that, across eight product groups (beverages, clothing, computers, food, household and office furniture, mobile phones, printed materials, and toys and games), the food category saw the highest growth of sustainable product sales during the same timeframe (18.3%).

Jakob Thøisen, CEO of Palsgaard, said, “Climate change is now attracting widespread attention and the research shows that both consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding sustainable products. In 2010, we set out on a ten-year journey to achieve carbon-neutral production and we achieved that goal two years ahead of schedule. As far as we know, we’re the only company in the emulsifier industry anywhere to have achieved this.”

Palsgaard helps the global food industry make the most of the ability to mix oil and water. Exhibiting at Food Ingredients Europe (Stand 6B120), the company will showcase its specialised emulsifiers (and emulsifier/stabiliser systems) for dairy, confectionery, bakery, condiments, ice cream and a range of other applications.