Ghana

Established in 1994, today ofi in Ghana is one of the leading ingredients companies in the country.  We export cocoa and cashew, which is grown by more than 300,000 farmers. We thank our success to our dedicated team and the strong relationships with our farmers, distributors and partners we have built over the last more than 25 years.

Cashews

ofi’s Cashew business is one of the first businesses for Olam in Ghana and presently we are a leading exporter of raw cashew nuts from Ghana. We are happy that over the years we have been part of the success story of Ghana’s cashew industry growth and contributed to it responsibly as a market leader.

 

Over the years, we have invested in capacity building for Cashew farming communities to help them overcome challenges such as low yield, poor quality and access to market.  We offer year-round support to our farmers and have built strong relationships. We collect produce from farmers and aggregate inventory at ofi - warehouses, which also receive goods from our buying agents. Each location is equipped with drying and packing facilities allowing us to maintain the quality of the product and prepare it quickly for export to customers outside of Ghana. 

 

Beyond the harvest season, we train farmers in Good Agricultural Practice to help them farm sustainably, increase their economic prosperity and create healthy ecosystems. We identify training needs at a community level and deliver tailored programmes. 

 

It is refreshing to know that apart from supporting the growth of the Ghana cashew crop through the annual distribution of free cashew grafts to the farmers with whom we are directly connected to, we also promote alternative livelihood income support programs in cashew orchards. Our flagship program in bee keeping has seen over 400 women trained so far and set up in honey production: an additional household income from cashew orchards tailored towards women.

 

We also provide knowledge support and related training programs to adhere to the stipulated framework for Organic Cashew.

 

Overall, Cashew team has believed in working with the farming community beyond the routine transactional relation and extend into activities which could lead to the welfare of the cashew farmers.

Cocoa

From sourcing cocoa beans at the farmgate and establishing a Licensed Buying Company in 1999, to working with farming communities across the country and operating a state-of-the-art factory, we provide Ghanaian cocoa products to customers worldwide. 

 

Traceability and sustainability are at the core of our operations. We source beans from smallholder farmers across Ghana and provide year-round support to help them achieve the best income for their crop. The cocoa business has maintained leadership position as the number I license Buying Company (LBC) in the country with presence across the entire cocoa landscape.

 

Our support ranges from micro financing, to training on Good Agricultural Practices and Climate-smart agriculture, to supplying hybrid cocoa and shade tree seedlings. 

 

Olam is a founding member of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI). We are currently working in several landscapes in Ghana partnering with Government, NGOs, and other state Institutions to develop cocoa landscapes by supporting farmers improve productivity and livelihoods using LMB approach.

A leader in cocoa ingredient processing 

Since we began our cocoa operations in Ghana, production has grown from approximately 450,000 metric tonnes a day, to around one million. Our portfolio accounts for 25% of all cocoa beans traded in Ghana. 

 

Established in 2009 and located in the Kaase Industrial Area, Kumasi, our state-of-the-art bean processing factory is accredited by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority with one of the highest quality standards in the industry. We have 300 employees and create indirect employment for another 1,000 individuals in the wider community.

Through our Kumasi operations, we uphold a range of certifications to ensure we meet market demands and offer our customers choice and assurance. Our factory is SMETA certified for responsible social practices, FSSC 22000 certified for food safety, UTZ and Fairtrade certified for sustainable liquor production and we offer Halal and Kosher products. Under our Unicao brand, the factory produces a variety of liquors ranging from mild roast to full-bodied roasted nibs and enables us to offer cocoa products from single-source origin for multiple cocoa applications. It offers cocoa mass in 15 kg cartons, 25 kg cartons and 25kg ingots.

 

Unicao cocoa products are sourced from several origins. Read more about the history of this, and other cocoa brands in our cocoa portfolio.

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