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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Blog Dec 6, 2022

Interview: Putting Sustainability at Heart of Food Industry

From the farm to the supermarket shelf, the global food industry has a critical role to play in ensuring a sustainable future for all. Dr Christopher Stewart, Global Head Sustainability, ofi (olam food ingredients) discusses what manufacturers can do to ethically source ingredients, reduce their emissions, and bring to market great tasting products that consumers want.

 

Could you focus on one of your ingredients and take me through the supply chain?

We can work with our customers on sustainable innovation. For example, if they’re looking to co-create a snack bar made with cocoa liquor and cocoa butter, slivered almonds, and hazelnut paste, or a frappé made with cocoa powder, almond milk, and coffee powder that come with documented traceability, then our chefs, innovation and sustainability teams join forces to match the right flavour, with the right origin and sustainability programme.

 

We could source the almonds from our orchards in California where our teams on the ground are investing in state-of-the-art irrigation systems and creating pollinator habitats. The almonds are then sent to our local processing facility that’s equipped to supply tailored solutions from whole nuts to ingredients. The beans for the coffee powder might come from the farmers we work with in Peru as part of a circular coffee partnership involving a major coffee roaster, Solidaridad, SERFOR and Cooperative Cuencas de Hullega.

 

The way our teams on the ground manage these supply chains is further exemplified in our dedicated product sustainability strategies which include: Almond Trail, Coffee LENS, and Cocoa Compass. And with the data and footprinting calculator on AtSource+, the customer can see the social impact and carbon emissions for each of their ingredients, and then calculate the overall footprint of their product.

 

Read more here on the Fi Global Insights hub

News Aug 17, 2022

How can companies implement effective workforce nutrition programs? 

By Clara Tessler, Nutrition & Health Manager, ofi

 

Malnutrition and poor health around the world continue to negatively impact businesses as result of working days lost to illness and reduced workforce productivity.

 

As well as benefiting employees, investments by companies in health and wellbeing can lead to better employee engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher performance and productivity.

 

We want to create an environment where employees want to come to work every day – it’s in everyone’s best interest.

 

To that end, at ofi we’ve set a goal that by 2030, everyone in our primary workforce will have access to nutrition support. This is the goal we are working towards to ensure the health and wellbeing of all our employees, driven by our purpose to be the change for good food and healthy future.

 

In 2021, with support from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), ofi began the roll-out of the Workforce Nutrition Alliance’s Workforce Nutrition Scorecard to assess our baseline and develop or strengthen workplace nutrition programs that tackle issues related to malnutrition across our worksites globally. This includes initiatives across four pillars: healthy food at work, nutrition education, nutrition-focused and breastfeeding support, and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

 

Discover more from my discussion with GAIN and the Consumer Goods Forum in the Healthier Lives podcast:

Press Release Nov 16, 2022

ofi expands its innovation capabilities with a new Customer Solutions Center in Singapore

olam food ingredients ("ofi"), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, has opened its new Customer Solutions Center (CSC) in Singapore. The new facility will enable ofi to better collaborate with brands, grocery retailers and foodservice companies to create their next delicious and nutritious product for consumers. The CSC was inaugurated by guest of honor, Ms. Low Yen Ling - Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY).

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