Brazil

We established a Brazilian business in 2002 and have expanded our operations into coffee, cocoa and spices to reflect our changing customer needs in the region and our growing expertise.

 

Growing Responsibly 

Our employees are actively involved with community programmes focused on promoting child welfare, education and health. We have joined various industry bodies to further the cause for sustainable economic development, such as CECAFE (Coffee) and AIPC Cocoa Processors Association (AIPC). 

Cocoa

Much of the cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, and cocoa powder enjoyed around the world comes from our operations in Ilhéus, Itabuna and Altamira. Joanes is our acclaimed brand produced for the Latin American Food Ingredients industry.

 

Customers from across South America have the opportunity to work with our team at our Ilhéus Innovation centre, collaborating on product development, proof of concept, and refining existing application recipes. 

Coffee

We are one of the top three coffee exporters in Brazil. Our main office is in Santos, supported by 15 other locations including estates and offices. We are both easy to access and have a broad on the ground presence all year round.

 

We supply locally grown roast, ground and soluble coffee to international customers in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Japan.

 

At our fully integrated Milano coffee estate in Western Bahia, we produce premium Arabica coffee. The plantation is CAS – 4C Code of Conduct compliant and certified by Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. In addition, we procure large volumes of differentiated and certified coffees from growers, working closely with agri-input companies to help deliver a quality service to the farmers. 

 

Our coffee portfolio also includes specialty coffee – a niche but growing sector. We have a Q certified laboratory recognised as a SAC Premier Training Campus by Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

Spices

We are one of the largest importers of spices into Brazil. We import paprika, chilli, turmeric, garlic, and cumin, as well as dehydrated vegetables such as onion and garlic  from the USA, Egypt, India, and China. Recently, we developed a pepper plantation in Bahia State.  

 

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Blog Jan 30, 2023

Hot Cocoa: 4 chocolate and confectionery trends shaping 2023

Back in 2021, our cocoa innovation team predicted the trends that would take center stage in 2022. From consumers favoring environmentally focused brands, to the growth of premium products, functional ingredients, and a desire for exotic flavors - there was plenty to get excited about!

 

But what will these trends look like in 2023?

We're experiencing a world in flux. Costs are rising for both consumers and food and drink businesses, due to continued supply chain challenges and economic uncertainty. So, let’s dive into how these will impact the chocolate and confectionery trends that play out this year.

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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