Sarawak Oil Palms Bhd (SOP) was established in 1968 as a joint venture between the British Government Commonwealth Development Corporation and the Sarawak State Government. SOP has since grown to become a vertically-integrated, sustainable-palm oil production company, listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (Bursa Malaysia), with down-stream production of refined palm oil and its olein and stearin fractions, biodiesel and distilled methyl esters, glycerine, and carotene- and tocotrienol- enriched concentrates in oil, powder & nano-emulsion forms.
There are two main product groups, T3E containing tocols with the full-spectrum of tocotrienols, and the other Caro-A containing alpha- and beta-carotenes.
Tocotrienols are the other half of the Vitamin E family; tocotrienols are the polyunsaturated form of Vitamin E, whilst tocopherols are the saturated form. Tocotrienols possess similar basic structure to tocopherols, differing only by the presence of 3 double bonds in phytyl hydrocarbon chain tail. Both tocopherols and tocotrienols occur in four forms: alpha, beta, gamma and delta, each with a slightly different structure and beneficial biological functions.
Palm oil is rich in both alpha- and beta-carotenes, that are converted by the body into vitamin A, which is essential for good eye health. These carotenes are also powerful anti-oxidants, which protect the body from harmful free radicals. The pro-vitamin A and anti-oxidant properties are important benefits in nutraceutical formulations.