palm oil products
Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palm. Palm oil and palm kernel oil-based ingredients are found in approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves, in both food and non-food items, including consumer retail food and snacks, personal care and cosmetics (mainly palm kernel oil), biofuel and energy, animal feed (palm kernel cake), pharmaceutical and the like.
Palm oil in Nigeria is used mainly for cooking and frying as it is rich in carotenes (vitamin A precursors) tocopherols and antioxidants, hence the interest in its use in Africa as a natural source of vitamin A. Oil palm plantations or estates cover around 118 264 ha but make up only 5% of the total crude palm oil production in Nigeria, the majority of which is produced by Okomu.
Palm kernel cake is widely known in West Africa as a viable feed ingredient, but until recently it was mostly used as a source of energy and fiber in poultry, pig and fish rations.
Okomu produces the following palm products in a sustainable manner:
- Crude Palm Oil (CPO) is naturally reddish in color as it contains high amounts of beta-carotene.
- Palm Kernel (PK) is the seed of the oil palm fruit.
- Palm Kernel Oil (PKO) is extracted from the seeds (nuts) of the oil palm.
- Palm Kernel Cake (PKC) is a by-product of palm oil production (mostly used as a source of energy and fiber in poultry, pig and fish rations).
At the end of the year 2020, Okomu’s crude palm oil production reached 47 853 tons, palm kernel oil 1 602 tons, palm kernel 9 678 tons and palm kernel cake 2 915.3 tons.
Our determination to apply the best standards in all our operations under the principle of planet, people and prosperity is the key driver for our recent successful RSPO certification.
The excellent quality of the oil produced by Okomu also guarantees a premium selling price on the local market, and local consumption absorbs the Company’s entire production annually.