Rapeseed Oil Suppliers
Wholesale Rapeseed Oil Supply Solutions
We work with rapeseed oil suppliers and producers throughout Europe and North America to address the evolving needs of consumers. Leveraging Targray’s global sourcing, distribution and supply chain capacities, our experienced commodity traders are able to create value for wholesale rapeseed oil buyers around the globe. To learn more about our rapeseed oil sales and procurement solutions, get in touch with a member of our Edible Oils trading desk.
Rapeseed crops are common throughout North America, Europe, India, and China. The plant is sown in fall and flowers in the spring months, typically between April and May. Every year, millions of hectares of oil seed rape are planted. Approximately 1,500 liters of rapeseed / canola oil can be produced from one hectare of oilseed rape.
Rapeseed is primarily grown for its oil, but is also beneficial as a cover crop and for annual forage. It provides excellent soil cover over winter to prevent erosion, produces large amounts of biomass, suppresses weeds, and can improve soil tilth with its root system. Rapeseed can also be grazed by livestock during the fall growth period.
Rapeseed Oil Uses
Despite being one of the oldest known vegetable oil sources, rapeseed oil is not used in food or feed production due to its high levels of erucic acid – a component known to cause damage to the cardiac muscle in animals. Canola oil, a rapeseed derivative developed in the 1970s, contains 10-25 times lower levels of the harmful acid and is frequently used in food preparation.
Targray rapeseed oil suppliers work primarily with biodiesel producers, chemical manufacturers, traders, and vegetable oil distributors in markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The product’s primary non-food uses are covered below.
The high erucic acid and glucosinate levels in natural rapeseed oil make rapeseed meal a poor source of nutrition for farm animals, compared to other vegetable oils. Nevertheless, rapeseed meal is occasionally used for cattle, pig, and poultry feeding.
Rapeseed oil is widely used as a feedstock to produce biodiesel, particularly in Europe. This is primarily due to the relatively low gel point of the oil – an important characteristic for bio-based fuels. In addition, rapeseed produces more oil per unit of land area than other vegetable oils, which translates to better returns for farmers selling into the biodiesel market.
Industrial rapeseed oil is used in the machine and chemical industries to make products like engine lubricant, hydraulic fluids and plastics. High-erucic-acid rapeseed (HEAR) oil is especially useful where high heat stability is required.
FOSFA is a professional international contract issuing and arbitral body focused on the world trade of oilseeds, oils and fats. It counts over 1,000 members in 86 countries. These include edible oil suppliers, producers and processors, shippers and dealers, traders, brokers and agents, superintendents, analysts, shipowners, ship brokers, tank storage companies, arbitrators, lawyers, insurers and other service providers.
The AFOA is a U.S.-based non-profit organization focused on fostering trade and commerce within the United States and throughout the world for animal, fish, and vegetable fats, oils, and protein. The AFOA works to promote uniformity and certainty in the standards of such products and in the customs and usages of the trade. Targray first became a member of the AFOA in 2019.