Rama has been around in Germany for almost a century – and has become as synonymous with margarine as Tempo is with handkerchiefs. What many people don’t know: Rama hasn’t been margarine at all for around 15 years.
How could that happen? This was triggered by a change in the recipe in 2007, in which the manufacturer (then: Unilever, today: Upfield Holdings) replaced part of the fat with cheap water. The problem with this: In Germany, Streichfett can only be called margarine if the fat content is 80 to less than 90 percent. However, Rama (then: Rama Original) only had a fat content of 70 percent. In addition, high-quality fats were replaced with palm oil.
In 2017, the producer changed the recipe again: Today, “Rama – the classic” only has a fat content of 60 percent – almost all the rest is water. Officially, this Rama variety can only be called “three-quarter fat margarine”.
Rama has often been criticized in the past. For example, “Rama – the classic” recently became “deceptive pack of the month” due to a hidden price increase of 25 percent: Consumer advocates criticize that the spreadable fat contains 100 grams less despite the same price and the same packaging. The manufacturer, on the other hand, points out that it has only adapted to the market and also changed the recipe.
Rama also gets his fat off the ingredients: For the 11/2021 issue, ÖKO-TEST tested various types of margarine, Rama only received a “sufficient” here.
However, if you still want to enjoy real margarine – and that in good quality – it is generally not so easy, because not only Rama did anything but well at ÖKO-TEST, many other brands are also not without problems.