Yellow Fats and Edible Oils - UK - August 2011
This report covers the UK retail market for edible oils and yellow fats.
- Yellow fats include butter, margarine and spreads.
- Edible oils include blended vegetable oil (which is usually rapeseed) and single-seed oils such as sunflower and corn, plus olive (including extra virgin) along with groundnut, walnut, sesame and other varieties of speciality oil, for use in domestic food preparation. The market for spray oils (including aerosols) is also included.
Industry definitions of yellow fats
Industry definitions of butter, margarine and spreads are as follows, according to description of the category with an indication of the percentage fat content by weight:
- Butter – the product with a milk fat content of not less than 80% but less than 90%, a maximum water content of 16% and a maximum dry non-fat milk-material content of 2%
- Three quarter fat butter – the product with a milk fat content of not less than 60% but not more than 62%
- Half-fat butter – the product with a milk fat content of not less than 39% but not more than 41%
- Dairy spread – the product with the following milk fat contents: less than 39%; more than 41% but less than 60%; more than 62% but less than 80%
- Margarine – the product obtained from vegetable and/or animal fats with a fat content of not less than 80% but less than 90%
- Three quarter fat margarine – the product obtained from vegetable and/or animal fats with a fat content of not less than 60% but not more than 62%
- Half-fat margarine – the product obtained from vegetable and/or animal fats with a fat content of not less than 39% but not more than 41%
- Fat spreads – the product obtained from vegetable and/or animal fats with the following fat contents: less than 39%; more than 41% but less than 60%; more than 62% but less than 80%
- The product claim ‘High in polyunsaturates/monounsaturates’ (claim is normally accompanied by ‘low in saturates’) refers to a product which contains at least 35% fat by weight, of which at least 45% of the fatty acids are polyunsaturated/monounsaturated and not more than 25% of the fatty acids are saturated and trans-fat
- The product claim ‘Low in saturates’ refers to a product whose fat contains not more than 25% saturated and trans-fat.
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