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.

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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 Sep 1, 2022

How local cashew processing can be a catalyst for sustainable growth

By Arouna Coulibaly, Managing Director Côte d’Ivoire, ofi (olam food ingredients)

 

Snack bars, spreads, nut-milks, cookies, and other sweet treats; cashew is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient across applications from bakery to beverages, feeding demand for healthier snacking options and plant-based proteins. Many of these versatile and tasty nuts are produced in Côte d’Ivoire, which is the biggest exporter of cashew in the world. They are one of the country’s top three cash-crops, yet only around 10% of raw cashew is processed locallyi, with the rest shipped to Asia for its more advanced, mechanized facilities at lower costs.

 

As a result, the value to be created from cashew processing also leaves the country. As the largest processor of cashew in Africa, ofi’s Côte’d’Ivoire team is well-placed to be the change for a more integrated and sustainable value chain. For over a decade, our cashew teams have invested in modern machinery to mechanise and expedite local processing, with the creation of over 3,000 direct jobs at our four private processing facilities, more than 70% of which are held by women.   

 

Recently, we’ve partnered with three national cashew processing units in the country’s northern growing region. Our teams will train workers on proper use of equipment and quality control techniques and help build commercial relationships to enhance marketing prospects for the processed kernels.

 

To expand these efforts, we are working with the Prosper Cashew project to stimulate growth in the country’s processing sector and increase returns to cashew communities. This latest collaboration between ofi and NGO TechnoServe, will provide technical support to farmers and processors and facilitate access to critically needed working capital.

 

We are one of many actors in the supply chain trying to address intractable challenges like rural poverty and child labor, so multi-stakeholder action is critical to deliver meaningful change at scale. The combined technical and on-the-ground resources of these partnerships will also build on some of our existing programs at farm-gate, where smallholders often battle low yields and quality from a lack of finance, inputs, and training. These include increasing agricultural productivity, reducing waste with improved crop residue management, and community development initiatives focused on tackling malnutrition and building health and sanitation infrastructure. This will contribute to our 2030 target under Cashew Trail for our teams around the world to support the livelihoods of 250,000 cashew households.

 

Stepping up value-generating activities in producing countries by processing at source, creates traceable cashew kernels with a lower carbon footprint, along with jobs and economic opportunity for farmers, workers, and communities for the long-term. It leaves better-quality cashew that delivers on both sensory and sustainability expectations.

 

 

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Press Release Sep 27, 2022

ofi drives climate action in global cocoa supply chain

ofi (olam food ingredients), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, says it substantially advanced towards the climate goals stated in its Cocoa Compass sustainability report 2020/21 – the year of COP26. In order to achieve the structural change required to have an impact at scale, the report makes clear that work on the ground in cocoa communities should be supported by international collaboration and regulation.

 

In the report, published today, ofi shares its sustainability progress across its cocoa supply chain, achieved in collaboration with customers and partners, and benchmarked against three years of impact data. From the Brazilian Amazon to the landscapes of Côte d’Ivoire, the company has taken further steps to protect and restore forests: it distributed 1.75m trees to farmers (a 356% increase since 2017/18) and enhanced the accuracy of its deforestation monitoring, having polygon mapped two-thirds of its sustainability programs.

 

ofi also invested to reduce its COemissions per metric ton of product output from its cocoa processing facilities, down by 19% since 2018, by installing circular biomass boilers fueled by waste cocoa shells and switching to green electricity. The boiler at the Koog aan de Zaan facility in the Netherlands, where it produces its premium cocoa ingredient brand, deZaan, will now allow ofi to target a further 50% cut in natural gas usage, which will lead to a significant reduction in COemissions.

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