South African vegetarian food producer, Fry’s Vegetarian, has switched from sourcing palm oil to sunflower oil in a bid to enhance its environmental credentials.
Founder Tammy Fry said: “We were buying sustainable palm oil and the sustainability has come under question. Being an extremely ethical company where we place environment ahead of profits, we decided to move to sunflower oil. We would rather not take the chance.
“Sunflower oil is also healthier as it contains less saturated fat than palm oil.”
Fry’s Vegetarian has a range of 18 meat-, dairy- and egg-free products – many of which have no competition as there are no other vegetarian versions – including Polony, Louisiana Tenders and Veggie Pops.
It imports the products in 40ft refrigerated containers by sea, from Durban to Felixstowe.
According to the company, this is the smallest carbon foot print for transporting frozen foods in large quantities.
The container ships carry thousands of containers on each vessel, said Fry’s. It receives a container load every three or four weeks. Each container holds 22 pallets of produce with a total weight of approximately 18 tonnes.
Fry’s Vegetarian now sells its meat-free products to:
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
Fry’s is fully approved by the both The Vegan Society and The Vegetarian Society and is listed as a Best Buy in the Ethical Consumer.
Fry’s products are Kosher (Parev Mehadrin – a very high form of Kosher approval for Jews), Shuddha (suitable for Hindus) and Halaal (suitable for Muslims).