Our cocoa, coffee, dairy, nut and spice ingredients are heaped with sensory and functional features – while we’re also able to offer product that is traceable, sustainable and transparent. So you can develop winning consumer products in bakery, beverages, dairy, culinary, savory, snacking and sports nutrition categories with ease, scale and integrity.
We’re a super specialist in all things cocoa – beans, powders, butters and beyond. In fact, we are the number one cocoa bean supplier globally with a leading presence in 10 key producing countries across Africa, Asia and South America. In our direct sourcing, our traceability from the farm to the factory allows us to drive sustainable practises across the cocoa supply chain.
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A leading global supplier of green coffee, with a significant specialty and soluble coffee offer, ensures we’re buzzing with know-how. Our year-round presence in 18 major origins means we can offer you the responsible, traceable supply consumers want – and the rare roasts you need to differentiate your brand.
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Packed with natural goodness, fewer food groups bring more joy to people’s lives. It’s there in a cup of tea, slice of cheese, or spoonful of cream. Whether it’s a specific beverage blend or an exacting protein isolate or concentrate, we can help you deliver the tastes, textures and nutrition people love.
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We’re one of the world’s leading suppliers with integrated supply chains across six continents. Almonds to brazils, macadamias to pistachios – just name your nut. The natural and nutritional goodness makes them top of the list for consumers.
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We’re one of the world largest global suppliers of spices and herbs, sourcing from all the primary growing regions and offering everything from onion, garlic and chiles to pepper, parsley and tropical spices. Provenance, taste, quality, color and texture. There is not a lot we don’t know about spices and the important role their attributes play in our favourite foods.
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This is how ofi delivers value to customers. We co-create to delight consumers, grow your business, and create real change for people and planet. We make this happen by offering fresh ideas, ingredients & solutions that are…
We are privileged to carry with us the 30-year legacy and rich heritage of Olam, and that DNA of
ambition and growth will continue to drive us in the future.
Olam International began back in 1989 by exporting raw cashews from Nigeria to India. Then came cocoa in 1992, followed by coffee in 1996, spices in 2002, and dairy in 2005. Olam continued to grow, investing in the breadth and depth of its portfolio and establishing global leaders for each business.
In January 2020, Olam reorganized into three groups: Olam Group and two operating groups: Olam Agri and olam food ingredients (ofi). ofi operates in 49 countries serving over 8,000 valued customers globally, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that meet changing consumer preferences.
Sourcing nuts, cocoa beans, coffee spices and dairy ingredients at scale is just the start. Our focus is on innovating in all areas of supply chains and taking care of our ingredients from plant to palate. Whether it’s introducing digital tech to improve traceability and reliability of supply, or helping spot trends and responding to them with new plant-based tastes and textures.
Sustainability’s been a big part of Olam’s identity since the start, supporting both the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Development Program. Much of this has been driven through award-winning farmer livelihood support programs. In 2018, this commitment was taken further with AtSource, the revolutionary sustainability insights platform.
We are excited to be represented by our deZaan team, one of our legacy cocoa brands, at the 2023 Summer Fancy Food Show on June 25-27, 2023 at the Javits Center in NYC. deZaan offers a range of cocoa powders designed for chefs and artisans and made with the finest cocoa ingredients available. The range showcases the full spectrum of what cocoa powder can deliver with its complex range of flavor profiles, colors and technical properties. Explore the endless possibilities of cocoa.
The trend for bold colors and flavors in food and beverages is rising this year. With consumers increasingly exposed to an array of global food trends, including a wide range of exotic flavors and colors, many are becoming more experimental. At the same time, confectionery products, treats, and snacks are often a moment of fun and relaxation in consumers’ daily lives, so they can be a great opportunity for experimenting with new and exciting shades.
Sydney Valla was an undergrad at Fresno State when she first discovered ofi (olam food ingredients) at a career fair. They were passing out tomato-shaped stress balls and recruiting new grads for a management trainee program. She signed-up for an interview and the rest is her-story.
What motivates you when you wake up and come into work?
My team! There are six of us who are 100% dedicated to the Spices eCommerce business and we have a combined 35+ years’ experience at ofi. Together, we work to be a solution provider for new and existing customers, put in place processes to help the business grow and overcome any challenges that are thrown our way.
Anything you’d like to add to help others succeed?
Being in numerous different positions throughout my career (supply chain, product line, sales) has made me a more well-rounded employee and allowed me to view problems from many different angles to find better solutions. I’m glad that I joined a company that offered career growth and expansion. Being a sponge during the early stages of my career allowed me to soak up lots of different information.
What has been your favorite moment at ofi so far?
When I was a product line manager, there was a large fast-food chain that featured one of our ingredients in a delicious and highly promoted LTO. It was so cool to go through the drive thru, pick up lunch, and know that one of the products that I helped to sell was in an item that was being sold across the country.
Our company purpose is ‘be the change for good food and a healthy future.’ In what way do you live our purpose through your work?
Through the eCommerce offerings, we can connect with new customers and segments that have previously been difficult to reach. This allows us to work with new customers to make educated purchasing decisions about where their product comes from, our sustainability offerings, and more. Outside of work, I sit on the Board of Directors for the Central California Food Bank which feeds over 300,000 community members in the Central Valley.
Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.