Open Innovation Submission Portal

Highly available and 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 as coconut oil ( at least 20 % min)
  • Not to be classed by consumers as "ultra-processed" foods.
  • Must be seen as sustanabile (free for the associations Palm has with deforestation etc.)
Possible Approaches

New sources/ novel local oils (e.g. Macaúba from Cerrado in Brazil)/ oil hybridization

What We Aren't Interested In

Coconut derived fats or Hydrogenation as a process for obtaining the fat; alternatives built with composing mono and di-glycerides and waxes; GMO (or biological engineered sources

Preferred Collaboration types

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

Mondelēz International Open Innovation Submission Portal

Submit your ideas and innovations to the Mondelēz International Open Innovation Submission Portal. After reviewing information above regarding Mondelēz International's current innovation needs, simply click "submit your idea" and complete as many of the fields as possible. When complete, click the "submit" button and we will get back to you.