Margarine is bringing all the goodness and healthiness of the different vegetable oils and has been around for roughly 150 years. It is enjoyed by households all over the world and comes in 3 forms: soft and spreadable margarines (in tub), liquid cooking blends (in bottle) and hard blocks that are great for baking (in wrapper). Margarine can be made from just five natural ingredients and is one of the most tasty, healthy and sustainable sources of fat in the diet.
Margarine is often found at the breakfast table, providing a quick and tasty addition to your sandwich, toast, hot biscuit and fresh muffin. In cooking, margarine is employed as an ingredient in the making of cakes, piecrusts, and delicious desserts. Margarine fits different usages and multiple cooking methods. It comes in 3 forms: soft and spreadable margarines (in tub), liquid cooking blends (in bottle) and hard blocks that are great for baking (in wrapper). Apart from that, it comes in fat levels varying from 20% to 90%. This makes margarine a truly versatile food.
The first margarine recipe was written down in 1869. The availability of oils and fats, food regulations and new food technologies all influenced the history of margarine. Today, margarine is one of the most healthy, tasty and sustainable sources of fat in the diet.
Margarine is packed with good fats from vegetable oils and fats. It is important that you choose high quality margarines with omega 3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega 6 fatty acids (linoleic acid). These essential fats help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels and are needed for the normal growth and development in childhood. In any high quality margarine you will also find vitamins A, D and frequent vitamin E (so always check the label!)
Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the most important moves you can make to help the environment. Margarine production chain is shown to be a lot lighter on its feet compared to animal fats like butter.
By sustainably sourcing the oils used in margarines, we can protect the planet’s natural resources and, at the same time, ensure security of supply for the long term.
Founded in 1958 and based in Brussels, the International Margarine Association of the Countries of Europe (IMACE) represents margarine manufacturers, producing both for retail and business to business (B2B) sectors throughout Europe. IMACE is also the voice of margarine manufacturers to key stakeholders/authorities of the European Union and other international organisations. IMACE and its Member Associations and Companies are members of IFMA, the International Federation of Margarine Associations. IMACE is member of FoodDrinkEurope, the European Food and Drink Industry Federation.