WILMAR’S R&D EFFORTS IN IMPROVING QUALITY AND REPUTATION OF PALM OIL THROUGH RESEARCH
Joerg J. Jacoby, Hai Zhang, Xuebing Xu

Abstract
Wilmar is a leading player in edible oils production with an extensive presence in various countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine and South Africa. It is one of world’s largest oil palm plantation owners and is the world’s largest processor and merchandiser of palm and lauric oils, as well as palm kernel cake and copra. Consequently, it is imperative for Wilmar to constantly improve and to monitor the quality of vegetable oils including palm oil products. Hence, Wilmar has established its own global R&D centres in China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Furthermore, it has formed collaborations with renowned universities and institutes around the world. Research on palm oil (PO) concentrates broadly on two major fields:
I. Research on 3-MCPD in Palm Oil
a. Determine the toxicity of 3-MCPD esters in animal models.
b. Mitigation of 3-MCPD ester formation during vegetable oil refining.
II. Research on the Nutritional Value of Palm Oil
a. Effects of palm oil on lipid metabolism, oxidative stress and endothelial function
17 May, 2018
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