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.

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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 2.56m farmers

Providing sustainability support to roughly 420,000 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

14 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. In Russia, our dairy business supplies milk from our herds of Holstein cows. 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 May 19, 2022

World Bee Day: How ofi is paying homage to buzzworthy pollinators supporting ecosystems

As one of the world’s largest almond growers, ofi has a deep understanding of the responsibility associated with sustainable farming practices. As an organization, ofi has committed to growing with a positive environmental impact

footprint, and as part of this effort, we are proud to protect and promote pollinator health in our bee-friendly orchards.

News Nov 29, 2021

Nespresso recognizes ofi’s coffee teams in Peru and Colombia as strategic partners

ofi’s coffee businesses in Peru and Colombia have been awarded the title of “Strategic Partner” by Nespresso for their contribution to its successful AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

 

Nespresso’s AAA coffee sourcing program is designed to ensure the continued supply of high-quality coffee while also improving the livelihoods of farmers and protecting the environment. Its name was inspired by the respected AA standard, a hallmark of coffee quality around the world, with each A standing for one of the program’s three aims: quality, sustainability and productivity.

 

ofi’s field teams support these aims by providing farmers with year-round support and training to produce reliable, sustainable, and traceable coffee.

 

“Today’s consumers want more than just exceptional quality and flavor; they want to know the coffee they buy carries a positive story for the people and environment it came from. Together with Nespresso, we’ve supported over 2,850 coffee farmers across Peru and Colombia so far to meet this demand for coffee that delights on both the sensory and sustainability front. It’s through partnerships like this that we can create real change at scale for people and planet.” Prashant Jalan, Country head Peru for ofi’s coffee platform.

 

The program also contributes to ofi’s 2025 sustainability commitments under Coffee LENS. Launched a year ago, the roadmap sets out targets for improving livelihoods, communities and landscapes by 2025 across ofi’s global coffee supply chain.

Press Release May 3, 2022

ofi and Melitta partner to offer consumers differentiated and fully traceable coffee

An innovative coffee project with selected specialty coffees between ofi (olam food ingredients) and Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG – Coffee Division – combines the capabilities of blockchain with other digital tools to meet growing consumer demand for coffee that not only stands out for its aroma and taste but is also traceable - from farm to roaster.

 

“Consumers are increasingly interested in where their ingredients come from, but traceability is notoriously challenging in coffee supply chains because of their fragmented nature. The beans are sourced from smallholder farmers scattered across remote areas and often change hands multiple times before reaching the roaster”. Florian Schmidt, general manager, coffee at ofi.

 

“This is why we’re innovating with our customers to deepen our digital presence on the ground to improve traceability. This benefits both farmers and coffee lovers, who are becoming increasingly quality-oriented and experience-driven”, Schmidt continues.

 

At farm level, ofi sources high-quality lots via it's proprietary smartphone app from smallholder farmers located in the south-central region of Guatemala. It allows farmers to negotiate and transact with ofi directly. Each transaction is tagged with the farm location and date and provides the source data for Melitta’s SAP material traceability tool, using blockchain technology.

 

The sustainability insights platform AtSource adds a layer of transparency for customers. The social and environmental footprint of a coffee purchase can be measured across 100+ metrics, at various stages of the supply chain journey - at farmer group level, through processing and logistics, up to the roaster.

 

For the final consumer, scanning a second QR code on the back of their bag of Melitta Guatemala specialty coffee – like this one for a Guatemala Honey from producer Yoni Garcia - directs them to the unique story of the farmer and processing method behind their coffee.

 

 

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