Asia

Our coffee footprint in Asia spans all the major producing countries, from India’s entire coffee belt to Papua New Guinea. In Indonesia and Vietnam, we process fresh cherries at our wet mills to produce high-quality washed and semi-washed arabica beans. Premium quality arabicas are also carefully selected and hand-picked from certified estates in Laos and specialty operations in Medan and Bandung, Indonesia.

Laos

The climate and landscape in Laos provide the right growing conditions to produce some of the finest estate-specific certified specialty coffee in the world. Sitting at an altitude of 1,250 meters, the four estates set across the Bolavens Plateau in South Laos were established to supply niche coffee markets worldwide. In the surrounding communities, we work hand-in-hand with 2,500 coffee farmers through AtSource to improve production.

Vietnam

Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee producer, with robusta as the traditional bean, although the growth of the specialty coffee industry has sparked farmers’ interest in growing higher quality and venturing into arabica cultivation. 

India

Grown in one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, Indian coffee is uniquely cultivated under a two-tier canopy of evergreen leguminous trees, entirely handpicked and completely sun dried. We source from 125 certified estates and process beans in country at our three mills.

Indonesia

From the popular brew Kopi Tubruk, to the specific aromatic taste of Kopi Sereh, Indonesia’s coffee is well known for its strong and exotic cup profiles. We are the largest exporter of green coffee in Indonesia with an unrivalled presence across its islands.

Papua New Guinea

Around 30% of the population of Papua New Guinea is involved in coffee, which is mostly grown by smallholders in garden plots alongside bananas, papaya, legumes and other crops. The island’s stunningly fertile soil produces beans that have a crisp citrus acidity and are rich with flavors of chocolate and tropical fruits. Sourcing from the Highlands and Morobe, our coffee operations engage smallholder farmers and industry participants through 4C and UTZ certification. 

East Timor

East Timor can claim its fame as the origin of the Hibride-de-Timor, a natural hybrid cross between arabica and robusta varieties. Coffee producers in this region are typically smallholder farmers and concentrated in areas like Ererea, Manufahi and Liquica. Our team on the ground covers all areas of coffee operations from sourcing and processing to exporting. 

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Blog Sep 1, 2022

How local cashew processing can be a catalyst for sustainable growth

By Arouna Coulibaly, Managing Director Côte d’Ivoire, ofi (olam food ingredients)

 

Snack bars, spreads, nut-milks, cookies, and other sweet treats; cashew is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient across applications from bakery to beverages, feeding demand for healthier snacking options and plant-based proteins. Many of these versatile and tasty nuts are produced in Côte d’Ivoire, which is the biggest exporter of cashew in the world. They are one of the country’s top three cash-crops, yet only around 10% of raw cashew is processed locallyi, with the rest shipped to Asia for its more advanced, mechanized facilities at lower costs.

 

As a result, the value to be created from cashew processing also leaves the country. As the largest processor of cashew in Africa, ofi’s Côte’d’Ivoire team is well-placed to be the change for a more integrated and sustainable value chain. For over a decade, our cashew teams have invested in modern machinery to mechanise and expedite local processing, with the creation of over 3,000 direct jobs at our four private processing facilities, more than 70% of which are held by women.   

 

Recently, we’ve partnered with three national cashew processing units in the country’s northern growing region. Our teams will train workers on proper use of equipment and quality control techniques and help build commercial relationships to enhance marketing prospects for the processed kernels.

 

To expand these efforts, we are working with the Prosper Cashew project to stimulate growth in the country’s processing sector and increase returns to cashew communities. This latest collaboration between ofi and NGO TechnoServe, will provide technical support to farmers and processors and facilitate access to critically needed working capital.

 

We are one of many actors in the supply chain trying to address intractable challenges like rural poverty and child labor, so multi-stakeholder action is critical to deliver meaningful change at scale. The combined technical and on-the-ground resources of these partnerships will also build on some of our existing programs at farm-gate, where smallholders often battle low yields and quality from a lack of finance, inputs, and training. These include increasing agricultural productivity, reducing waste with improved crop residue management, and community development initiatives focused on tackling malnutrition and building health and sanitation infrastructure. This will contribute to our 2030 target under Cashew Trail for our teams around the world to support the livelihoods of 250,000 cashew households.

 

Stepping up value-generating activities in producing countries by processing at source, creates traceable cashew kernels with a lower carbon footprint, along with jobs and economic opportunity for farmers, workers, and communities for the long-term. It leaves better-quality cashew that delivers on both sensory and sustainability expectations.

 

 

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Press Release Sep 27, 2022

ofi drives climate action in global cocoa supply chain

ofi (olam food ingredients), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, says it substantially advanced towards the climate goals stated in its Cocoa Compass sustainability report 2020/21 – the year of COP26. In order to achieve the structural change required to have an impact at scale, the report makes clear that work on the ground in cocoa communities should be supported by international collaboration and regulation.

 

In the report, published today, ofi shares its sustainability progress across its cocoa supply chain, achieved in collaboration with customers and partners, and benchmarked against three years of impact data. From the Brazilian Amazon to the landscapes of Côte d’Ivoire, the company has taken further steps to protect and restore forests: it distributed 1.75m trees to farmers (a 356% increase since 2017/18) and enhanced the accuracy of its deforestation monitoring, having polygon mapped two-thirds of its sustainability programs.

 

ofi also invested to reduce its COemissions per metric ton of product output from its cocoa processing facilities, down by 19% since 2018, by installing circular biomass boilers fueled by waste cocoa shells and switching to green electricity. The boiler at the Koog aan de Zaan facility in the Netherlands, where it produces its premium cocoa ingredient brand, deZaan, will now allow ofi to target a further 50% cut in natural gas usage, which will lead to a significant reduction in COemissions.

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