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The main constituent of PFAD (palm fatty acid distillate) is palm oil. Price of palm oil was 12810 RMB/MT in March. Palm acid oil is a by-product of alkaline palm oil refining, which is now commonly used to make laundry soaps. The target market's growth was fueled by rising consumer demand for laundry detergent and soaps. Furthermore, the  growth fueled by growing demand for palm acid oil in cosmetics and personal care products over the forecast period. The market's expansion was aided by a growing population, fast urbanisation, expanding awareness of personal grooming and cleanliness, and high consumer spending capacity. Increasing research and development in order to produce new and innovative products was one of the major drivers that propelled the market's rise. PFAD prices follow the trend of its raw material prices.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of PFAD for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About PFAD:

PFAD or better known as palm fatty acid distillate is a by-product formed in the refining of palm oil for the food industry. PFAD appears as a light brown semi-solid substance at room temperature, which further melts into a brown liquid upon heating. PFAD primarily contains free fatty acids (FFA) (>80%) which include oleic, stearic, and palmitic components. Production of food-grade oil from palm oil utilises distilling of palm oil as it improves the oil's taste, colour, odour, and shelf life. Thus, PFAD consists of degraded fats that are undesired and need to be removed to meet the food industry’s quality standards.


  • Palm Fatty Acid Distillate

Molecular Weight:

  • 124.11g/mol 

Industrial uses

  • Soaps
  • Fatty acids and fatty alcohols
  • Animal feed
  • Hardened oils
  • Candles
  • Fragrance ingredients
  • Intermediates

Production Processes

  • Production of PFAD via Refining and Distilling of Palm Oil.

In this process, PFAD is produced as the by-product in the refining of palm oil. Palm oil is refined into food-grade oil by the removal of degraded fats and free fatty acids. The distillation of palm oil to refine the oil and separate these unwanted and degraded fats produces food-grade palm oil, which gives PFAD as the residue. 

Supplier Database

  • Wilmar International 
  • Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad Group
  • Nuansa Kimia Sejati, PT
  • Future Prelude Sdn Bhd.

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