A global leader in food & beverage ingredients

Pioneers at heart, we operate at the forefront of consumer trends to provide food & beverage manufacturers with products and ingredients that will delight their consumers.

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Making real our Purpose to
‘Be the change for good food and a healthy future’

Making a positive impact on people and planet is all part of the delight. With a deep-rooted presence in the countries where our ingredients are grown, we are closer to farmers, enabling better quality, and more reliable, traceable and transparent supply. 

 

Supplying products and ingredients at scale is just the start. We add value through our unique, complementary portfolio of natural, delicious and nutritious products. 

 

With our fresh thinking, we help our customers unleash the sensory and functional attributes of cocoa, coffee, dairynuts and spices so they can create naturally good food and beverage products that meet consumer expectations.

 

And whoever we’re with, whatever we’re doing, we always make it real.

Your world-leading supplier of what matters

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.

Cocoa

Cocoa

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. 

 

Find out more about our cocoa ingredients offer.

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Coffee

Coffee

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.

 

Find out more about our coffee ingredients offer.

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Dairy

Dairy

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.

 

Find out more about our dairy ingredients offer.

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Nuts

Nuts

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.

 

Find out more about our nuts ingredients offer.

Flat lay of various nuts ranging from almonds and cashew nuts to pecan and Brazilian nuts

Spices

Spices

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.

 

Find out more about our spices ingredients offer.

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Our journey so far

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.

Where it started

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. 

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Greater customer focus

In January 2020, Olam International reorganized into three groups: Olam International and two operating groups: Olam Global Agri (OGA) and olam food ingredients (ofi). In 2021, olam food ingredients rebranded to become ofi, and now operates in 48 countries serving over 8,000 valued customers globally. ofi is on track to an IPO in 2022.

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Innovating everywhere

Sourcing nuts, cocoa beans, coffee, spices, and producing milk 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.

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Making a positive impact

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.

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Blog May 24, 2022

Collaborating with Save the Children to tackle Child Labor

Child labor in cocoa has no one cause. There are often complex and deep-rooted cultural, social, and economic challenges at play. 

 

Farmers cannot always afford to pay for farm labor, so their children help on the farm at weekends or after school. Some parents have no school nearby to send their children to or they cannot provide the documents needed to enroll them, such as birth certificates. Sometimes labor laws are misunderstood or poorly enforced. The complexity of the problem means one intervention will never be enough – it requires a range of long-term actions at the individual, community, and national levels.

 

Tackling child labor therefore requires collaboration across stakeholder groups – including customers, partners and NGOs. That is why in 2020 we invited Save The Children and its Centre for Child Rights and Business to assess how effectively we combat child labor across four of our key cocoa-growing countries (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria) and to identify areas where we could be doing more.

 

Save The Children found our programs have real reach and impact. Such as in Cameroon where we trained 6,000 smallholder farmers in child labor sensitization, or in Ghana where we set up protection committees covering 210 communities. It found that our strength lies in our holistic approach, which considers a range of root causes, the link we have made between traceability and child labor monitoring, and the roll-out of our digital Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation (CLMRS) app.

 

As a result of the study, we intend to build on our existing child labor training programs and measure their impact through before and after assessments. We plan to more strongly link community protection programs with our supply chain operations and create more robust outcome indicators to ensure we are making a real difference.

 

Ines Kaempfer, CEO of the Centre for Child Rights and Business, Save the Children said:

“We really welcome ofi’s readiness to allow an independent third party to review their existing child labor prevention and remediation programs in order to define their strategy going forward. The transparency demonstrated by ofi in this process is remarkable and proves to what level ofi is committed to finding the best possible strategies to protect children in their supply chains. We are looking forward to continuously supporting ofi in this endeavor."

 

Find out more about how we’re making the future of cocoa more sustainable.

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 20, 2022

ofi’s nuts team recognized for industry excellence and innovation at INC Congress

ofi’s nuts team was awarded the Corporate Golden Nut Award, by the International Nut and Dried Fruit

Council (INC) Congress. The Golden Nut Award is the top international recognition of excellence in the nuts industry. The team also received the Innovation Award for Cashew Nut Oil Dipping Sauces & Dressings, which use minimally processed cashew oil to address consumer interest in the plant-based market.

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