The Usage of Palm Oil at Lindt & Sprüngli

We are committed to purchasing sustainable palm oil. As an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), founded by WWF in 2004, we are sourcing 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. In many of our products, such as our unfilled chocolate bars or hollow figures, cocoa butter is the only vegetable fat used.

Palm Oil Under RSPO Standard

All our production facilities in Europe (Lindt, Caffarel, Hofbauer and Küfferle) only use palm oil that complies with the RSPO segregation model for fillings that contain palm oil. Our local production locations for Lindt and Ghirardelli in the USA use palm oil according to the segregated standard. If this standard is not available, we also use palm oil under RSPO mass balance standard. Russell Stover received RSPO mass balance certification for its own production factories in 2018.

Read more on RSPO Sustainability Certification Models.


There are many Lindt and Sprüngli products that do not contain palm oil. We only use pure cocoa butter as vegetable fat for our chocolate mass, which we produce exclusively in-house at Lindt & Sprüngli. Other vegetable fats, such as coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil are used only for the fillings of certain products.

We have been using small quantities of these oils for decades and include them on the list of ingredients for each of our products that contain them. Palm oil and palm kernel oil have outstanding melting properties, a neutral flavor, and remain solid at room temperature. Thanks to these specific characteristics, we are able to avoid using hydrogenated vegetable fats.