We love bringing new concepts and fresh ideas to life. Explore our portfolio where we can offer ingredients that are good for consumers and good for farmers. From bars to beverages, we bring expertise across cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices.
Chocolate bar. Two words that make mouths water. How can you unleash the potential of this classic treat? Use our vast experience on the farm and in the food lab. Low-sugar, plant-based, sustainable and traceable. With our cocoa butter, cocoa powder, cocoa liquor and cocoa beans, you can deliver what today’s consumers expect.
Chocolate all over. The right compound coating can transform a good product into an irresistible one. Together, we select the cocoa powders and confectionery fats you need, optimized for your specific recipe. Let our ingredients support your development of the most delicious and stable products possible.
There's nothing quite like biting into a treat with a perfectly smooth and satisfying filling, praline or inclusion. We help you select the right cocoa powder, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and nut pieces or pastes to surprise and delight your customers. Then we support you turning it into fillings for bars and tablets that fly off the shelves.
Sweet spreads are exploding in popularity. Think beyond just toast – add a spoon and now it's a snack. Capture a slice of this exciting market by partnering with us to create flavorsome, satisfying recipes. Why not pair some of our delicious nuts with our premium cocoa ingredients?
The success of your chocolate and confectionery products depends on the quality of the cocoa ingredients and nuts. From unlocking healthy indulgence to creating a sustainable impact, learn how ofi and our ingredients can make your next chocolate and confectionery innovation real.
We source more than a million tons of cocoa beans from every major growing region across the world. Our superior cocoa beans range from high quality West African bulk shipments to small lot, fine flavor cocoa beans. How about a traceable single-origin option for a premium taste, like bold Ghanaian or aromatic Ecuadorian beans?
Also known as cocoa mass or cocoa paste, cocoa liquor is considered the base ingredient of chocolate. We use cocoa from different origins with variations in roasting and post-roast treatment to offer a choice of liquid or solid cocoa liquors. We're at the wheel from sourcing and processing through to packaging.
High quality chocolate and confectionery call for high quality cocoa butter. Our pure prime pressed cocoa butters deliver creamy, smooth and melt-in-mouth consistency. Choose from formats including fully and partially deodorized options to ensure easy integration into any recipe or manufacturing process.
We never take cocoa powder for granted. The key to so many tasty treats, make sure you have the right type to get exceptional results. Fruity or bitter, vibrant red to dark brown and black – our exciting variety of cocoa powders is an endless source of inspiration.
Add textural interest with perfectly roasted whole nuts or pieces, carefully produced to retain flavor, texture and aroma. How about nutty, buttery hazelnuts for a classic favorite? Or pistachio, a rising star that is winning consumers’ hearts with an excitingly vivid color.
Our nut protein powders and nut flours are made from the finest quality almonds and cashews and partially defatted for higher compatibility with cocoa butter. Choose between neutral flavors or new propositions. Dairy-free treats with the right hardness, snap, taste and melting properties are just around the corner.
Are you team smooth or team crunchy? For delicious spreads at any time of day, our wide portfolio of nut butters and pastes can bring a health halo and unique taste experiences to your consumers. Pair our cocoa ingredients with your pick of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts and macadamias.
Sensory satisfaction, premiumization or plant-based ingredients: what is your next challenge? Our ingredients portfolio offers near endless natural, nutritious and delicious possibilities for new product development across categories. Learn more about some of our latest chocolate and confectionery application innovations.
A growing appetite for sweet spreads plus the ever-expanding plant-based market equals a huge opportunity for confectionery brands. That’s why we created a concept for a plant-based chocolate hazelnut spread that replaces milk powders with high roasted hazelnut flours. A creamy, rich hazelnut taste without the dairy.
What could possibly be better than a vegan chocolate bar made with our rich cocoa powder and filled with our macadamias, pistachios or hazelnuts? Rich, crunchy and sweet. Use cashew and almond defatted flour as a replacement for milk-based ingredients in great tasting chocolate mass.
Truffles have never been so eye-catching. With our extra white cocoa butter, color contrasts can be taken to new vivid heights. The perfect visual match for rich and indulgent fillings like hazelnut praline, dulce de leche and coffee, or caramel, lemon and ginger.
Different origins offer signature sensory profiles. Our concept for a premium dark Ghana 65% cocoa chocolate bar oozes indulgence with its thick tablet and fruity flavor profile unique to Ghanaian origin cocoa. It also leans on the potential of single-origin cocoa for giving consumers greater choice and traceability.
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.
Imagine waking up to a world without your morning cup of coffee or being able to enjoy your favorite chocolate. Unthinkable, right? But climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers who grow these everyday ingredients.
That's where HEARTH (Health, Ecosystems, and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies) comes in. It is a collaborative public-private partnership approach to sustainable development in biodiverse landscapes initiated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Together, USAID, olam food ingredients (ofi), and partners have invested approximately $50 million across six cocoa and coffee projects worldwide, including four HEARTH partnerships. We aim to equip farmers with the right tools and training to transition to more environmentally friendly techniques without sacrificing their livelihoods. There are three key ingredients at the core of HEARTH’s approach to climate action: