Australia

Australia is known for its natural and structural advantages in agriculture, including a favourable climate, a strong research and development capability, technology savvy producers and modern supply chain infrastructure. We operate an integrated supply chain for almonds, cocoa and dairy. 

Almonds

Since 2009, we have owned and operated 15,000 hectares of almond orchards, across 11 farms in the Sunraysia growing region of Victoria. We mainly grow non-Pareil, Carmel and Price almonds. 

 

Almonds require a Mediterranean climate and are therefore commercially produced in only a few locations worldwide. Coupled with our California almond orchards, we can deliver almonds to consumers around the world on a constant basis. 

 

Our highly mechanised farms utilise the latest irrigation infrastructure and technology, and our agronomy practices produce maximum yields and superior quality almonds while minimising pestilence. Our almonds are processed at our own state-of-the-art facilities to ensure consistent product quality, traceability and food safety.

 

ofi has its own established marketing and distribution network in all major almond consuming regions, which enables us to provide superior customer service in all markets. 

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Blog Jun 23, 2022

ofi supports breastfeeding workplaces throughout Vietnam

According to the World Health Organization, “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival…and women who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.”1 At ofi, we want to ensure working mothers have the opportunity to continue breastfeeding when they return to work. Without having to choose between one or the other. As such, breastfeeding support is an essential part of the workforce nutrition programs we are developing.

 

In 2021, with support from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, ofi began the roll-out of the Workforce Nutrition Alliance’s Workforce Nutrition Scorecard to assess our workplace nutrition programs and tackle issues related to malnutrition across workplaces globally. Last year, ofi’s cashew teams in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Vietnam reviewed their collective experience and set a target which is now stated in their global sustainability strategy Cashew Trail; by 2030, “100% of ofi employees in processing facilitates have access to support related to nutrition programs”. This includes initiatives across four pillars: healthy food at work, nutrition education, nutrition-focused and breastfeeding support, and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers”.

 

In Vietnam, where less than one quarter of infants aged 0 to 5 months are exclusively breastfed2, our Nuts teams launched an initiative last year focused on improving conditions for breastfeeding. All 11 of our Nuts processing facilities have been equipped with private, dedicated lactation rooms with milk pumps and freezer storage.

 

Since then, the initiative has grown and the team is now partnering with NGO and subject-matter experts Alive & Thrive, on a comprehensive workplace lactation program. In the first year, activities will support over 2,500 female employees and their families especially the pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with counseling sessions, sensitization and education opportunities, expert assistance, and workshops.

 

The Alive & Thrive team is currently collecting baseline data and will conduct an assessment in 2023 to assess the program’s impact over the next 3 years. Among the many anticipated benefits, the program is expected to improve health outcomes for both mother and child, increase knowledge and uptake of breastfeeding best practices, improve employee retention, reduce absenteeism, and increase overall employee satisfaction.

 

 

1 https://www.who.int/health-topics/breastfeeding
https://globalnutritionreport.org/resources/nutrition-profiles/asia/south-eastern-asia/viet-nam/
News May 13, 2022

ofi outlines sustainability focus at new Tokoroa plant

  • Plant construction on track as new senior team member joins in key sustainability role.

 

ofi (olam food ingredients) today announced a range of actions to support its sustainability goals across its New Zealand operations, including building its sustainability team and enhancing a sustainably minded approach at its plant.

 

Plant construction is progressing well, and the plant remains on track for opening at the start of the 2023 season.  

Press Release Jul 6, 2022

ofi supports the plant-based revolution with new almond sustainability targets

olam food ingredients (ofi), a global leader in natural and sustainable food and beverage ingredients, and its almond business have developed its first public sustainability targets for its 50,000 acres of almond orchards and farming operations in Australia and the US.

 

As plant-based diets move into the mainstream, almonds are a popular ingredient in everything from protein powders to nut butters for plant-based recipes. But eco-conscious consumers

want to know their almond products are having a positive impact on the people and environment they come from.

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