Around the world and around the corner

As a global company, we’re renowned for leveraging our global sourcing network and on the ground intel so we can offer a safe, secure supply of traceable and sustainable ingredients.

In agriculture, you learn to expect the unexpected. A harvest might be lower than anticipated. Prices can drop or climb dramatically due to over- or undersupply. But, thanks to being spread across the world and sourcing ingredients from multiple origins, at ofi we can manage these risks. We’re also deeply involved at every stage of our supply which means we can help you manage quality, food safety, traceability, and security of supply for greater control and reliability. And it doesn’t stop there. Through our global scale, integrated global supply chains and teams on the ground in origins, our solutions benefit from our continuous focus on innovation from the farms through to the innovation labs and kitchens.

Our global presence

Farmers & Origination

Sourcing directly and indirectly from roughly 2.6m farmers

Providing sustainability support to roughly 428,000 farmers

Improving traceability and transparency in your supply chain

Manufacturing & Processing

~100 owned processing plants around the world

Managing how and where raw materials are processed

Offering you flexibility, choice and control

Innovation Centers

15 innovation centers near major consumption markets

Committed to finding solutions for product innovation

Turn your ideas into reality and delight consumers

ofi Offices

There's always an ofi team nearby

Your first point of contact when working with us

Experts in our products and closely connected to origins

Remaining invested in origins - building capacity in destination markets

World map of the various ofi innovation centers
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Origination

Farmers & Origination: for quality and traceability

It all starts on the farm. You need quality, traceability and reliable supply. Farmers need support to make their businesses sustainable. We can deliver it all. 

 

Consumers want to know who grew their coffee and where their cocoa came from. We work closely with thousands of farmers and we have our own farms too, helping you to improve provenance. 

 

Worldwide, we run sustainability programs designed to help farmers improve yield and quality and increase their incomes. Overall, we estimate we give sustainability support to more than 420,000 farmers and their communities.  

 

As well as buying crops, we’re farmers ourselves. In Australia and the USA, we grow almonds. In Brazil and Vietnam, we have our own black pepper estates. And in Indonesia, we’re establishing a 2,000 hectare cocoa farm. 

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Manufacturing

Processing & Manufacturing: transforming raw materials into ingredients

Choice, control, flexibility. With manufacturing and processing facilities around the world, we offer you all three. Get the most out of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices with ofi

How do you like your nuts? We do whole, in pieces, as butter, paste, powders, oils and flavored. This is just one example of the choice and control you get when you work with ofi. We invest in the latest technology and always maintain the highest food safety and quality standards. 

 

To improve efficiency and transparency, our facilities are strategically located in the country of origin or close to major consumption markets. For example, our soluble coffee processing facilities are based in Spain and Vietnam, with a third being built in Brazil. Our cocoa processing operations are based across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA. Read more about our nuts, spices and dairy operations too. 

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Innovation Centers

Global Innovation Centers: co-create to grow your business

Delight consumers, grow your business, create real change for people and planet. Innovation isn’t just exciting; it’s baked into the ofi way of working. 

 

On any given day, our teams of food scientists and chefs could be working with one of our customers on the launch of a new bakery product using nut-based flours and the darkest cocoa powder available; exploring unusual spice flavors for a brand extension in chocolate confectionery; helping a customer produce a plant-based cheese; or creating an easily reconstituted, affordable fat filled milk powder for developing markets.

 

Our 14 innovation centres are hives of creativity, totally in tune with local tastes and market needs. This is where we turn ideas into reality so you can keep meeting consumer demand and growing your business. Work with us to stay on top of trends and find new and better ways of doing things.  

 

With a keen eye for customer quality and regulatory requirements, our innovation centres focus on:  

  • Co-creating brand extensions and reformulating existing customer products 
  • Developing exciting new products for the bakery, beverages, confectionery, plant-based, savory, snacks and bars categories 
  • Creating consumer feel-good products in line with health and dietary needs 
  • Developing the right sensory (taste, texture and color) experience in line with customer brands 
  • Developing clean label recipes, replacing additives and chemicals with natural ingredients 
  • Developing natural and plant-based alternatives to fit into existing customer brand families 
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Marketing & Sales

Speak to the food ingredients experts

Do you need natural, nutritious, delicious and traceable ingredients? Then speak to our customer teams. Wherever you’re based, there’s an office nearby.

 

What would you like to know about our products and ingredients? Ask away, our customer teams have detailed knowledge of our products and how they will fit into your applications. They’re also the bridge connecting you to the origin of your ingredients. 

 

Discuss ingredient quality, innovation, even recipe development. Learn about local food and beverage trends, and get the latest supply-and-demand market insights. Above all, because we have offices in many time zones around the world, get this support and advice when you need it.

Female worker sorting sundried seeds
Origination
Farmers & Origination: for quality and traceability
Workers in overalls sorting raw materials
Manufacturing
Processing & Manufacturing: transforming raw materials into ingredients
Medical worker checking samples in a lab
Innovation Centers
Global Innovation Centers: co-create to grow your business
Woman smiling
Marketing & Sales
Speak to the food ingredients experts

Read ofi news

Blog Jan 11, 2023

Transforming Sustainability in the Food and Beverage Industry with Technology

As Global Head of Sustainable Business Development at ofi, I had the pleasure of participating in the Reuters Transform Food USA 2022 conference in Chicago. This event connected over 200 sustainability, supply chain and agriculture leaders to discuss ways in which we can support a more sustainable food system and understand how to collect quality, transparent data. I was honored to present Technology – Driving Sustainability in Food Production, shedding light on the challenges facing the industry and sharing how technology can be a powerful catalyst for progress.

News Aug 17, 2022

How can companies implement effective workforce nutrition programs? 

By Clara Tessler, Nutrition & Health Manager, ofi

 

Malnutrition and poor health around the world continue to negatively impact businesses as result of working days lost to illness and reduced workforce productivity.

 

As well as benefiting employees, investments by companies in health and wellbeing can lead to better employee engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher performance and productivity.

 

We want to create an environment where employees want to come to work every day – it’s in everyone’s best interest.

 

To that end, at ofi we’ve set a goal that by 2030, everyone in our primary workforce will have access to nutrition support. This is the goal we are working towards to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our employees, driven by our purpose to be the change for good food and healthy future.

 

In 2021, with support from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), ofi began the roll-out of the Workforce Nutrition Alliance’s Workforce Nutrition Scorecard to assess our baseline and develop or strengthen workplace nutrition programs that tackle issues related to malnutrition across our worksites globally. This includes initiatives across four pillars: healthy food at work, nutrition education, nutrition-focused and breastfeeding support, and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

 

Discover more from my discussion with GAIN and the Consumer Goods Forum in the Healthier Lives podcast:

Press Release Dec 13, 2022

ofi Vietnam conferred prestigious UN WEPs Award; leads the way in building an inclusive and equal workplace

olam food ingredients (ofi), a global leader in naturally good food & beverage ingredients, is pleased to announce that it has emerged as a national winner in the 2022 United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (UN WEPs) Award for Vietnam under the Leadership Commitment category.

 

The Leadership Commitment award recognises ofi Vietnam’s commitments towards progressive policies, regulations and practices aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace and with supply chain partners. This prestigious accolade follows a first runner-up national win at the 2021 UN WEPs Award under the Gender Inclusive Workplace category.

 

The UN WEPs Award represents recognition of exemplary company efforts for gender equality aligned to the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The WEPs are seven guiding principles providing a roadmap for a more equal, inclusive and sustainable future.

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