Food fats and oils supplier IOI Loders Croklaan next month will host a free customer education course, titled “PHO Removal 201.” The final class for 2015 will be held on December 9-10 at IOI Loders Croklaan’s Chicago-area “Creative Studio” in Channahon, Ill.

There are still seats available for this class and more information is available at

IOI Loders will have hosted five educational seminars by year’s end. The two-day, hands-on course helps food formulators explore options for the seamless removal of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

Officials say more than 15 current and future customers already have visited and learned about various options, including the versatility of palm oil. Educational sessions also focused on the impact of trans fats on nutrition and food labeling.

Shellie Kramer is IOI Loders Croklaan marketing manager.

“We’ve been gratified at the responses and positive feedback we received from the participants,” she says. “Some of the strongest feedback was in reaction to the ‘hands-on’ learning portion of the program.”

IOI Loders Croklaan palm oils are used in bakery foods, confections, spreads, infant formulas, dairy fat alternatives, spray oils and various culinary products. They’re also used in frying applications.

“Many participants have indicated that they look forward to additional PHO Removal 201 classes next year,” adds Tim Surin, director of sales and marketing.

IOI Loders Croklaan plans to continue hosting a PHO Removal 201 with proposed classes in March and June 2016. Contact Shellie Kramer at for additional details.

In other news, IOI Loders Croklaan announced this October that 100% of its directly sourced palm oil worldwide now is traceable to the mill level. Given the size and scale of IOI Loders Croklaan’s reach, this milestone will further advance sustainability and traceability within the palm industry while positively impacting the supply chains of the more than a thousand companies that purchase IOI Loders Croklaan products.