Integrated supply chains create traceability and reliable supply

We’re deeply involved at every stage of our supply chains - from plant to palate - which means we give you more value, more control and greater reliability.

Our procurement and logistics teams are based in all the major growing regions. We also have manufacturing and innovation centers around the world. Plus, with superior supply chain visibility we can offer increasing traceability right back to the farming community or farm.

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Risk Management

Minimising sourcing, food safety and regulatory risk

In agriculture, you learn to expect the unexpected. Thanks to our global presence and diversified sourcing, we can always adapt so disruption to your supply is minimized.

 

Farming can be unpredictable. 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. Which means you get reliable supply. 

 

Our diversified global presence also helps to insulate us from supply shocks that may disrupt the production of a particular crop in a particular location in any particular year. It allows us to offer certainty of supply and provide the requisite food safety and quality assurance to our customers through adaptive solutions. 

 

This is supported by our team of risk experts who have deep understanding of agricultural commodities and financial instruments trading to help manage the price changes and volatility that can create a difficult operating environment for producers and supply chain participants. We focus on building long-term partnerships with our customers and offering tailored solutions. 

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Traceability & Provenance

Do you know where your ingredients come from?

Consumers increasingly want reassurance about where their ingredients come from. Thanks to ofi’s superior traceability, you can give them exactly that.

 

Providing traceability for agricultural raw materials can be challenging given the complex and fragmented nature of many ingredient supply chains, because many crops tend to be grown by small-scale farmers who sell to an intermediary, who may then sell on to another intermediary, mixing sacks from different sources along the way. With the aim of reducing complexity in our supply chains, we make every effort to work directly with farmers, organising buying stations and local cooperatives.

 

This way of working not only provides us with the data we need to trace our supply back to the farmer groups we work with, but also provides opportunities to create positive impact by implementing sustainability programmes with customer, government, not for profit and development finance institution partners. With traceability, we can also reduce social and environmental risks such as deforestation and human rights abuses. 

 

We also work closely with large-scale growers such as in California for our onions and garlic. Here, we have long-standing relationships with multi-generational farmers passionate about their crops and stewardship of their land. We provide them with proprietary world-class seeds and our ag operations teams and crop supervisors help support production, harvesting and logistics. Of course, with our own farms and estates such as almonds, black pepper and dairy farms, we offer full traceability and absolute control. 

 

Action includes:

 

  • Ensuring all suppliers sign the Supplier Code – which also applies to their suppliers

  • Training farmers through our sustainability programmes 

  • Providing advice and guidance through our digital applications

 

ofi’s unique technologies play a vital role in improving traceability:

 

  • Olam Direct: the app that lets farmers do business directly with ofi

  • Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS): putting isolated smallholder farmers on the digital map.

  • AtSource: our sustainability insights platform which gives you more supply chain transparency than ever before

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Improved Quality & Functionality

Food ingredients you can rely on

You expect consistent functionality of ingredients. That’s why we have our own people on the ground at every stage of the supply chain.

 

Getting better performance from food ingredients starts with the best seeds and seedlings. This is an ongoing mission for our plant scientists and agronomists in their support to farmers. One of our seeds, developed by the Spices team, produces onions with more dry matter—boosting yields and reducing the amount of water, fertiliser and pesticide needed per acre. A great example of the power of plant science.

 

In our smallholder farmer networks, our sustainability teams provide training on how to get the best quality crops with the lowest environmental impact. For example, with careful use of fertilisers and pesticides, replacing synthetic chemicals with natural alternatives wherever possible.  

 

In addition, our own custom developed planting and harvesting equipment has shown significant reductions in our carbon footprint. We also provide training on how to protect crops post-harvest, providing equipment such as drying mats and tables which help prevent contamination from the soil.

 

This combination of superior seed, expertise and reduced inputs provides our farmers with well-managed crop risk and yield. All made possible thanks to our global reach and teams working together at every step of the supply chain. 

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Food Safety & Quality

Putting consumer safety at the heart of our operations

Making sure our ingredients are delivered to customers without contamination or adulteration is our top priority.

 

We achieve this by:

 

  • Operating highly integrated supply chains working with both large-scale growers and smallholders

  • Providing training and quality seeds to help farmers reduce the risk of contamination

  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality and food safety control at our processing plants

  • Continuously investing in safety, health, quality and sustainability 

  • Putting in place food quality and safety systems including GMP and HACCP 

Tractor lifting heavy white bag onto conveyer belt
Risk Management
Minimising sourcing, food safety and regulatory risk
Man holding a mobile device that tracks food ingredients
Traceability & Provenance
Do you know where your ingredients come from?
Hands of a person planting a small tree
Improved Quality & Functionality
Food ingredients you can rely on
Man holding a mobile device that tracks food ingredients
Food Safety & Quality
Putting consumer safety at the heart of our operations

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Blog Jan 30, 2023

Hot Cocoa: 4 chocolate and confectionery trends shaping 2023

Back in 2021, our cocoa innovation team predicted the trends that would take center stage in 2022. From consumers favoring environmentally focused brands, to the growth of premium products, functional ingredients, and a desire for exotic flavors - there was plenty to get excited about!

 

But what will these trends look like in 2023?

We're experiencing a world in flux. Costs are rising for both consumers and food and drink businesses, due to continued supply chain challenges and economic uncertainty. So, let’s dive into how these will impact the chocolate and confectionery trends that play out this year.

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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