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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 exciting snacks to dairy alternative drinks, we bring expertise across cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices. 

Beverages

Beverages

Plant-based beverages can have it all – indulgence, sustainability credentials and wholesome ingredients. Think of the smooth, creamy textures our nuts can bring to coffees. When it comes to indulgence and a sense of well-being, cocoa and spice ingredients can deliver. Unlock plant-based formulations that consumers will love.

Desserts

Desserts

Stay at the forefront of dessert innovation with our expertly combined ingredients, perfect for the most luxurious experiences or healthier, high protein and low sugar treats. Indulgent texture can be a challenge, but nut pastes are here to save the day.  From replacing traditional gums, to creating velvety plant-based spreads and fillings, our pastes can bring the great taste and the nutritious benefits consumers crave.

Ice cream

Ice cream

With no room for compromise, plant-based ice creams need extra attention. Luckily, we have just the right nut pastes and know-how for a dreamy texture. Adding the perfect amount of air, we can blend nuts, cocoa and spices into delicious scoops. For that extra kick, why not add a ribbon of chili to mango ice cream?

Snacking

Snacking

Sweet or savory, crispy or melty – or possibly both? The possibilities are endless. Imagine almond slices in rice crackers, gaining flavor and crunchy texture from the goodness of nuts. Or how about combining cashews, almonds, pistachios and macadamias for a nutritious snack bar? Cashew and almond protein powders can create high-protein, gluten-free extruded snacks with sweet or savory fillings.

Chocolate

Chocolate and confectionery

Luxurious chocolate and confectionery that melts in your mouth can be plant-based too. Our versatile nut powders paired with cocoa butter can create creamy treats without the dairy. How about walnut for a delicious crunch, or almond for a comforting classic taste? Add our rich cocoa powders to the mix and there’s no end to the delicious chocolatey possibilities.

Ingredients in focus

It can be hard to make vegan products with standout sensory appeal. Lots of plant-based proteins leave a beany flavor and chalky texture. But our co-creation and innovation expertise helps you differentiate your plant-based offering across categories. From supporting clean label positioning to elevating flavor, learn how ofi and our cocoa, coffee, nuts and spice ingredients can make your next plant-based innovation idea a reality. 

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Inspiration

Looking for ideas on how to make your next winning plant-based product real? Our ingredients portfolio offers near endless natural, nutritious and delicious possibilities for new product development across a variety of foods and beverages. Learn more about some of our latest plant-based application innovations. 

Coffee beverages

To bring the art of coffee into homes, we created a foamy 3-in-1 premix using our soluble coffee, cashew and almond protein powder, plus vegan creamer. Another option is combining coffee extract and nut pastes to make macchiatos, cappuccinos and mochas on the go.

Cashew coffee frappe premix

Cashew coffee has been a game changer for milkshakes, frappes and smoothies that can offer protein and fiber.  Combine cashew flour with fruits, vegetables or flavored sauces like chocolate to create creamy, nutty and satisfying drinks.

Golden milk

Golden milk has long been used in India as a comforting home remedy. It’s traditionally made with turmeric and other spices, such as cinnamon and ginger, or used to create lattes. Consider a dairy-free twist with our indulgent almond and cashew beverages. 

Plant-based chocolate drinks

With our almond, cashew & hazelnut blend, chocolate beverages can be a treat that are both nutritious and delicious. Unlock the possibilities of an indulgent and plant-based chocolate drink that can taste just as sweet as dairy, but with less sugar.

Choco-nut spreads

Did you know that nut protein powders can be used as a replacement for skimmed milk powders in chocolate spreads? Mix our nut pastes and protein powders with cocoa powder for an indulgent plant-based spread in cashew, almond and hazelnut flavors.

Sustainability

Our approach to sustainability is guided by our Purpose ‘To be the​ change for good food and a healthy future’. It is rooted in our belief that healthy, natural food is possible when people working in the food systems prosper and contribute to the restoration of the living world.

 

As the ones on the ground, in the heart of farming communities, we are well positioned to drive positive environmental and social change in communities and landscapes. And to accelerate and deliver change at scale, we are part of many multi-stakeholder partnerships. When we combine this impact with the application innovations of our chefs, we can offer sustainable choices to our customers and together, help feed the growing appetite for naturally good food.​

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Articles Feb 14, 2024
The sweet treats and trends winning hearts this Valentine’s Day

Author | Madeline Bills | Cocoa Innovation Manager at ofi

 

Chocolate has long been synonymous with Valentine’s Day, with sweet treats a classic way to celebrate the season of love.

But Valentine’s Day is evolving, with Gen Z and Millennials redefining traditions.  Many consumers are choosing to celebrate this day with friends and family members, as well as significant others. In 2023, 40% of Gen Z and 20% of Millennials said they were planning to buy their friends a Valentine’s gift.[1] And what better way to do so than with cocoa?

 

As consumers change the way they celebrate Valentine’s Day – and who they celebrate with – there is an opportunity for manufacturers to develop new products.  From introducing more exotic flavors in confectionery to creating more experiential formats and expanding into new categories, we’re seeing companies inventing new ways for consumers to celebrate the season of love with those who matter most to them. At ofi we explore the top chocolate, confectionery and bakery trends shaping Valentine’s Day 2024 and how manufacturers can develop new offerings to win the hearts of consumers.

 

[1] Actually, Lots of Gen Z Would Rather Spend Valentine’s Day with Their Friends - YPulse

Press Release Feb 7, 2024
ofi creates solar-powered cocoa warehouse at Port of Amsterdam

olam food ingredients (ofi), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, and Commodity Centre Group(“CCG”), a leader in supply chain, logistics, and warehousing solutions in the UK and Northern Europe, have partnered to create a cocoa bean warehouse terminal exclusively using green energy at the Port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

 

ofi and CCG jointly achieved this by installing nearly 7,000 solar panels at the warehouse, which could lead to the reduction of 1,350 tons of CO2 per year. This is the equivalent of 67,500 trees absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and utilizes roof space in the region of two football pitches in size to maximize green energy usage. The company expects the warehouse to also be certified carbon-neutral in the future. 

 

The warehouse is critical for helping ofi deliver high-quality cocoa beans to its global confectionery brand customers. Using an innovative conveyor belt system, cocoa is directed into one of the 110 available pens, creating bulk micro lots managed by CCG. Not only does this enable greater segregation of beans to preserve their flavor, but it also helps maintain quality and traceability1. The company believes it is one of the only systems like this in existence, and thanks to the solar installation, the process now exclusively uses renewable energy.

 

This latest move forms part of ofi’s ambition for sustainable cocoa, Cocoa Compass, which sets ambitious goals – including a 30% reduction in natural capital costs2 by 2030. ofi reduced these costs in 2021 in its global cocoa processing operations by 11% per metric ton of product output, partly due to investments in renewable energy initiatives. For example, a network of biomass boilers fuelled by cocoa shells, which was recently shortlisted for an Edie sustainability award.

 

Chris Beetge, President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, ofi, said: “We’re always looking at ways to drive decarbonization across our cocoa value chain from the farm to our processing facilities and warehouses. The milestone of turning our Amsterdam warehouse operation solar-powered is another example of how we’re not only progressing towards our own environmental goals but also supporting those of our customers and the national climate agendas of the Netherlands and the EU.”

 

Alec Gunn, CEO of Commodity Centre Group, said: “Our Group has been working closely with ofi for over 35 years, providing logistics and warehouse solutions in multiple locations. Commodity Centre’s Amsterdam Falcon and Osprey Terminals are shining examples of our continued commitment to incorporating sustainable solutions within our operations.”

 

Discover much more about what ofi has to offer at ofi.com

 

1 Cocoa beans with segregated traceability are sourced via a sustainability program, providing social and environmental support to farmers, and are kept separate from conventional cocoa beans.

2 Natural capital costs/accounting follows a holistic systems approach to understanding the true value of nature, people, and society for humans. It is an approach to measure the changes in the stock of natural capital at a variety of scales and to integrate the value of ecosystem services into accounting and reporting systems.

 

Articles Feb 5, 2024
Chocolate and Confectionery gets a sweet surprise across Europe

Author | Naveen Passani |

Technical Category Manager for Chocolate & Confectionery, ofi

 

Last year, freak weather patterns, global inflation and war have caused supply challenges and increased confectionery prices. Yet demand across Europe remained resilient. While the tough economic backdrop has led consumers to cut back on discretionary spending, many see chocolate as an affordable luxury they’re unwilling to give up.

 

That means intense competition for manufacturers looking to attract consumers’ attention in this category. One way to succeed is by tapping into the desire for adventure and developing products that use exotic or unusual flavors. So, building on our research into the emerging flavor profiles crossing continents, here are three chocolate and confectionery trends to watch right now.

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