Apical Group Collaborates with Palm Oil Industry Stakeholders to Launch “Palm Oil Nation” | Taiwan News



JAKARTA, INDONESIA / SINGAPORE – Media reach – November 18, 2021 – A sustainable palm oil exporter, Apical Group has partnered with the Sustainable Palm Oil Roundtable (RSPO), the Indonesian Vegetable Oil Industry Association (GIMNI), the Indonesian Association of Biofuels Producers (APROBI) and a number of opinion leaders from various sectors. , to launch a sustainable palm oil initiative “Powered by Palm Oil”.

Through this initiative, Apical Group, a member of the RGE group of resource-based companies founded by Sukanto Tanoto in 1973, seeks to improve sustainable business practices and increase awareness, especially among the younger generation, of the importance and to the impact of palm oil. on communities and daily life.

Bernard Riedo, Commercial Director of RGE Palm, said: “This initiative allows us to share knowledge and ideas with Indonesians, especially the younger generation, on the prevalence of palm oil in everyday life and its many uses. As we commemorate Heroes’ Day (Hari Pahlawan) in Indonesia today, we hope that the younger generation can become agents of change in promoting sustainable palm oil. “

Margareth Naulie Panggabean, Outreach and Engagement RSPO Indonesia, said: “We are supporting Apical to continue cultivating sustainable palm oil while educating the younger generation that purchasing products that use palm oil. Certified sustainable palm is the best choice you can make to support a more sustainable palm. Oil industry.”

Sahat Sinaga, Executive Director of GIMNI observed that over the past eight years, palm oil has continued to remain a major Indonesian export other than coal. The palm oil industry provides employment for many people and is a source of foreign exchange. It remains important for Indonesians to better understand how much economic activity is strongly supported by palm oil. In addition, oil palms grow well in tropical areas with high rainfall and their production is able to meet national and global needs.

“Of the total 47 million tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) produced by Indonesia, 20 million tonnes are for domestic consumption, of which 9 million tonnes are used for biodiesel, 7 million tonnes for food and 2.5 million tonnes for oleochemical use, and the rest for other uses. Palm oil is therefore very important to this nation. The solution is not to replace palm oil with other vegetable oils, but how to make this industry more sustainable and that is a big challenge that the younger generation of Indonesians will face, ”Sahat added.

Compared to other countries, Indonesia is more advanced in its use of new and renewable energies, such as biodiesel. Jummy Bismar Martua Sinaga, Head of Research and Technology at APROBI, explained: “We need to optimize Indonesian palm oil as a resource. The B30 program provides jobs for over one million workers and increases farmers’ incomes. APROBI also wants to share information that Palm oil is not only used for food, but is also a source of energy. “

At the event, Apical showcased four key opinion leaders from the “Palm Oil Nation” campaign comprised of practitioners from various industries, such as Kwik Wan Tien, Managing Director of Nutrifood (WRP Brands); Anisa Sulandana. Brahmantyo, director of marketing for De La House brand and products and advocate for the use of sustainable palm oil; Tigran Denre Sonda, an exporter of Harumas cooking oil, an apical product; and Ryan Haryanto, an Asian Formula Renault driver who supports the use of biodiesel from palm oil to boost energy security.

The campaign has useful content that will be posted every two weeks starting November 10, 2021 across all of Apical Group’s social media channels. This marks one of Apical’s many efforts to engage the younger generation in Indonesia as part of its #Apicalpeduli (Apical Cares) movement. Since 2020, Apical has actively engaged communities through various activities to spread positive messages and build resilience.

About Apical

Apical Group is one of the largest palm oil exporters in Indonesia, owning and controlling a broad spectrum of the palm oil business value chain, from supply to distribution. The company is also involved in the refining and processing of palm oil for domestic use and for international export. Its operations are located in Indonesia, China and Spain and include six refineries, four biodiesel plants, two oleochemical plants and a grain crushing plant. Through joint ventures, Apical also has toll and distribution operations in India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Brazil. Apical’s business relies on an extensive supply network in Indonesia with integrated refinery assets in strategic locations. This is reinforced by efficient logistics channels supported by Apical’s own infrastructure to deliver to a wide range of customers, from international trading houses to local industrial buyers. Through its unique business model, Apical has been able to control product quality and address sustainability and food safety concerns, while running highly efficient operations in world-class refineries and integrated storage facilities and groupage.

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