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The new generation of Waikato dairy is here

A fresh alternative for New Zealand’s dairy farmers

ofi is a global leader in providing sustainable, natural, value-added food and beverage ingredients and solutions to thousands of customers worldwide. We are moving forward with exciting plans to directly invest in our own dairy processing facility at Tokoroa, New Zealand.

 

ofi operates in 48 countries and connects millions of farmer producers to over 8,000 customers globally.

ofi has enjoyed a long and successful history in New Zealand, through our previous investment in Open Country Dairy. There is strong and growing demand from our global customers for high quality, New Zealand-made dairy products.

 

We are one of the world’s top suppliers of dairy ingredients. Our Tokoroa plant will become part of a global network that spans 20 major milk consumption markets, such as South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa.

Growing in the heart of South Waikato

The first stage of the new investment will be a spray dryer facility, capable of producing high-value milk powder ingredient products. Additional facilities will be added over time to expand a product range targeting key customer applications in desserts, bakery, beverages, and confectionery categories.

 

We are excited to take this important step, and look forward to making a strong, sustainable contribution to Tokoroa and the New Zealand dairy industry.

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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 Dec 13, 2022

ofi Vietnam conferred prestigious UN WEPs Award; leads the way in building an inclusive and equal workplace

olam food ingredients (ofi), a global leader in naturally good food & beverage ingredients, is pleased to announce that it has emerged as a national winner in the 2022 United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (UN WEPs) Award for Vietnam under the Leadership Commitment category.

 

The Leadership Commitment award recognises ofi Vietnam’s commitments towards progressive policies, regulations and practices aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace and with supply chain partners. This prestigious accolade follows a first runner-up national win at the 2021 UN WEPs Award under the Gender Inclusive Workplace category.

 

The UN WEPs Award represents recognition of exemplary company efforts for gender equality aligned to the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The WEPs are seven guiding principles providing a roadmap for a more equal, inclusive and sustainable future.

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