Zero Impact Sustainable Shea Butter
The greatest environmental impact is at raw material level. Collaborate with us for one of your ingredients, our sustainable shea butter.
Standard Shea Butter in the Food Industry
Shea butter in the food industry is widely used because its fat composition is very similar to the fat composition of cocoa butter which makes it uniquely placed to become a Cocoa Butter Equivalent (CBE) or Cocoa Butter Improver (CBI) for use in ice-creams, chocolates and biscuits. The natural shortage of cocoa through plantation degradation, plant disease and climate change; combined with heavy market demand for chocolate from developing countries has led to increased pressure on the use of cocoa as a fat, and the search for alternatives, such as shea butter.
In June 2000, as part of directive 2000/36/EC, the European Union authorized the use of shea butter in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter (with a maximum of 5% of vegetable fat in the chocolate). The substitution was already authorized in various regions of the world such as the United States (with a maximum of 5%), Japan (between 5% and 8%) and Eastern Europe (up to 15%). Now you can take this a step further with our sustainable shea butter.
Standard Shea in Chocolate
The fat percentage of a typical chocolate filling contains approximately 30% fat, so the choice and combination of fats is essential to provide a great customer taste and texture experience. The unique properties of edible Shea fat, adds significant versatility to your product development including coatings and finished goods. Using shea delivers the following beneficial properties:
- improved shelf life
- better heat stability
- increased melting point
- reduced ‘ bloom’ formation
Sustainable Shea Butter for the Chocolate & Confectionery Industry
Our sustainable shea enables you to update your product offering in line with growing consumer demands and awareness to purchase products which demonstrate an ethical sourcing policy. We help you deliver on your commitment to take real sustainable action in measureable ways, whilst being commercially sound and inclusive.
Sustainable Shea Butter – An Ethical Replacement for Palm Oil
Palm oil is the most commonly used vegetable oil within the food industry due to its cost and high melting point. However, the Palm Oil industry has made strides towards more sustainable practices, but the harsh truth is that palm oil production has historically resulted in significant deforestation with serious environmental impact.
We are not just avoiding negative impact but creating real positive social and environmental change with our sustainable shea butter.
Shea Butter – A Healthy Alternative to Hydrogenated Fats
Unrefined shea butter is a traditional cooking fat, that when heated melts to an oil with a characteristically smoky nutty aroma . It has been used for generations in the Savannah Shea Belt as a healthy fat. Unrefined Shea Butter is an all natural, vegan-friendly alternative to other lards and butters. Shea butter is also a healthier alternative to transfat-rich, hyrdrogenated oils often used in the confectionery and baked goods manufacturers. Shea Butter is also a valuable CBR or Cocoa Butter Replacement so work with us and our sustainable shea butter.
Our Shea’s Social Impacts: Protecting Women’s Communities
Our Eco-Processing Centers are the heart and hub of the rural community. Work with us and you will be able to demonstrate the impact of your ethical supply chain policy in terms of value to the local community, enabling you to demonstrate through images, ground roots feedback and engagement, the truth around the positive economic, climate and social impact your sustainably sourced shea programme actions.
Our Eco-Processing Centers – bringing together community shea and agri-processing needs in Africa on a serious scale, with women and communities at the heart.
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