In addition to the many health benefits, cheese lends flavor and texture to almost everything. It is such a versatile ingredient that all you need is some creativity and imagination when applying them to food products.

Ingredient Offering

Close up shot of a block of cheddar cheese with grated cheese on the side


From the English village of Somerset, Cheddar is a ripened, hard, white to light yellow or orange, firm, smooth and waxy texture cheese. With or without rind, this cheese speciality ripens for 6 weeks to 9 months, to develop flavor and body characteristics resulting in young and matured variants.

Close up shot of mozzarella cheese decorated with basil leaves


Mozzarella is an unripened rindless, smooth elastic, whitish cheese. Made traditionally in southern Italy from buffalo's milk by the pasta filata method consisting of heating, kneading, and stretching hot curd until smooth. Suitable for dicing and shredding, it’s used mainly in pizza application.

Close up shot of a  wheel of edam cheese cut into small blocks

Edam & Gouda

Edam and Gouda, both Dutch-style cheeses, are ripened semi-hard, firm texture with small round gas holes, generally flat-ended spheres, with coated rind of red paraffin wax. Edam is drier, lighter texture and browns better. Gouda has creamy buttery texture with more fat, making it flow when melted.

Close up shot of cagliata cheese


Cagliata has a soft and elastic texture, is creamy, yellow to white in color, mild lactic flavor, rindless, semi-finished cheese. it has excellent functionality for further processing to pasta filata and processed cheese.

Close up shot of yellow processed cheese

Processed Cheese

Processed Cheese is made from a combination of cheeses with other dairy ingredients, vegetable oils, salt, color, and emulsifiers. Offering advantages of long shelf-life, more neutral taste, resistance to separation when heated, uniform look, lower cost and suitable for industrial-scale production.

Close up shot of grated analogue cheese

Cheese Analogue

Cheese Analogue or imitation cheese are engineered products made by replacing or supplementing the various dairy ingredients blended with plant-based options, flavors, colors etc. Popular due to no ripening requirements, low-cost, gastronomy and convenience.

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The colorful ingredients taking over our plates in 2023

The trend for bold colors and flavors in food and beverages is rising this year. With consumers increasingly exposed to an array of global food trends, including a wide range of exotic flavors and colors, many are becoming more experimental. At the same time, confectionery products, treats, and snacks are often a moment of fun and relaxation in consumers’ daily lives, so they can be a great opportunity for experimenting with new and exciting shades. 

Articles May 8, 2023

Employee Spotlight: Sydney Valla, eCommerce Operations Manager, North America

Sydney Valla was an undergrad at Fresno State when she first discovered ofi (olam food ingredients) at a career fair. They were passing out tomato-shaped stress balls and recruiting new grads for a management trainee program. She signed-up for an interview and the rest is her-story.


What motivates you when you wake up and come into work?


My team! There are six of us who are 100% dedicated to the Spices eCommerce business and we have a combined 35+ years’ experience at ofi. Together, we work to be a solution provider for new and existing customers, put in place processes to help the business grow and overcome any challenges that are thrown our way.


Anything you’d like to add to help others succeed?


Being in numerous different positions throughout my career (supply chain, product line, sales) has made me a more well-rounded employee and allowed me to view problems from many different angles to find better solutions. I’m glad that I joined a company that offered career growth and expansion. Being a sponge during the early stages of my career allowed me to soak up lots of different information.


What has been your favorite moment at ofi so far?


When I was a product line manager, there was a large fast-food chain that featured one of our ingredients in a delicious and highly promoted LTO. It was so cool to go through the drive thru, pick up lunch, and know that one of the products that I helped to sell was in an item that was being sold across the country.


Our company purpose is ‘be the change for good food and a healthy future.’ In what way do you live our purpose through your work?


Through the eCommerce offerings, we can connect with new customers and segments that have previously been difficult to reach. This allows us to work with new customers to make educated purchasing decisions about where their product comes from, our sustainability offerings, and more. Outside of work, I sit on the Board of Directors for the Central California Food Bank which feeds over 300,000 community members in the Central Valley.


Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Articles May 5, 2023

Growing for the Future: Safeguarding coffee and cocoa from the climate crisis

Imagine waking up to a world without your morning cup of coffee or being able to enjoy your favorite chocolate. Unthinkable, right? But climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers who grow these everyday ingredients.


That's where HEARTH (Health, Ecosystems, and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies) comes in. It is a collaborative public-private partnership approach to sustainable development in biodiverse landscapes initiated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


Together, USAID, olam food ingredients (ofi), and partners have invested approximately $50 million across six cocoa and coffee projects worldwide, including four HEARTH partnerships. We aim to equip farmers with the right tools and training to transition to more environmentally friendly techniques without sacrificing their livelihoods. There are three key ingredients at the core of HEARTH’s approach to climate action:

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