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Highly available, affordable alternatives to Palm Kernel oil

Request Number 172148 | Author Mondelēz International


We are looking for alternatives to Palm Kernel Oil which are not considered premium fats and have a potentially fully scalable supply chain. Can be a single drop in replacement or a blend of ingredients to cover the full functionality of the Palm oils currently used.


A number of blends of different premium fats can replace Palm Kernel but all of the currently available have prohibitive cost structures.

Key Success Criteria
  • Oils that can mimic sensory (texture, melting), physical (melting point, etc.) and chemical properties (fatty acids profile that impacts processing). (Latter is discretionary, others are mandatory);
  • Cost advantaged compared to premium fats;
  • Must be seen as sustainable (free for the associations Palm Oil has with deforestation);
  • Not classed by consumers as "ultra-processed".
Possible Approaches
  • New sources/ novel local oils (e.g. Macaúba from Cerrado in Brazil)
What We Aren't Interested In

Coconut derived fats or Hydrogenation as a process for obtaining the fat

Preferred Collaboration types

At this moment we are open to Licensing and Supply (ideas closer to commercialization)

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