Almonds

We are one of world's largest growers of almonds with extensive orchards in Australia and California, we also buy from other growers. We deliver year-round fresh almonds to customers worldwide. 

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Almonds

Our processing operations in Mildura, Australia, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and California, USA provide multiple ingredient forms, enabling direct control over every stage of the production process.

 

Our experienced marketing managers facilitate information flow from our customers to our almond production teams so we can provide direct paddock-to-warehouse solutions from both our origins.

 

We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and supporting the communities where we operate. This includes investing in state-of-the-art irrigation systems and creating pollinator habitats. We are also working with the Almond Industry Boards of both Australia and California to participate in industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Close up shot of almonds in round bowl

Orchards

At our vast orchards in Australia and the USA (California), we implement the latest agronomy practices. We incorporate high levels of mechanisation to ensure we produce excellent yields of quality, flavoursome almonds with the best environmental footprint.

 

Around 4 million trees planted across 13 orchards in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, grow Non Pareil, Carmel and Price almond varieties. In California, USA, we produce mainly Non Pareil and Carmel varieties, but also Sonora, Buttes and Monterrey varieties.

 

Sensors in our almond trees are combined with data from tree trunks, drip line flow, soil and weather predictions to track growth and identify issues quickly. The system helps anticipate and plan irrigation requirements.

 

Our presence in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres allows to constantly deliver new season almonds to our global customers.

Processing

We provide customised snacking and ingredient formats for natural and blanched almonds. Using state-of-the-art technology, we offer whole, sliced, diced, slivered, meal and split formats, retaining their rich flavour and nutritional value. Through our facilities across three continents, customers can enjoy a reliable supply of tailored solutions from whole nuts to ingredients. 

 

Our USA operations are fully integrated following the acquisition of Hughson Nut Inc. in 2019. We offer steam sterilisation and pasteurisation through our processing plants in California, and are equipped to complete orders to customer specifications and ensure product safety.

 

Our BRC-certified processing facility near Mildura in Northern Victoria, Australia, ensures single-point control of almond quality, traceability and safety from orchard to customer.

 

Our blanching and ingredient processing facility in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, conforms to the world’s highest food safety and quality standards. Roasting is undertaken on variable capacity lines capable of processing different grades of almonds with consistent flavour, aroma and texture. 

Read ofi news

Blog May 19, 2022

World Bee Day: How ofi is paying homage to buzzworthy pollinators supporting ecosystems

As one of the world’s largest almond growers, ofi has a deep understanding of the responsibility associated with sustainable farming practices. As an organization, ofi has committed to growing with a positive environmental impact

footprint, and as part of this effort, we are proud to protect and promote pollinator health in our bee-friendly orchards.

News Nov 29, 2021

Nespresso recognizes ofi’s coffee teams in Peru and Colombia as strategic partners

ofi’s coffee businesses in Peru and Colombia have been awarded the title of “Strategic Partner” by Nespresso for their contribution to its successful AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

 

Nespresso’s AAA coffee sourcing program is designed to ensure the continued supply of high-quality coffee while also improving the livelihoods of farmers and protecting the environment. Its name was inspired by the respected AA standard, a hallmark of coffee quality around the world, with each A standing for one of the program’s three aims: quality, sustainability and productivity.

 

ofi’s field teams support these aims by providing farmers with year-round support and training to produce reliable, sustainable, and traceable coffee.

 

“Today’s consumers want more than just exceptional quality and flavor; they want to know the coffee they buy carries a positive story for the people and environment it came from. Together with Nespresso, we’ve supported over 2,850 coffee farmers across Peru and Colombia so far to meet this demand for coffee that delights on both the sensory and sustainability front. It’s through partnerships like this that we can create real change at scale for people and planet.” Prashant Jalan, Country head Peru for ofi’s coffee platform.

 

The program also contributes to ofi’s 2025 sustainability commitments under Coffee LENS. Launched a year ago, the roadmap sets out targets for improving livelihoods, communities and landscapes by 2025 across ofi’s global coffee supply chain.

Press Release May 3, 2022

ofi and Melitta partner to offer consumers differentiated and fully traceable coffee

An innovative coffee project with selected specialty coffees between ofi (olam food ingredients) and Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG – Coffee Division – combines the capabilities of blockchain with other digital tools to meet growing consumer demand for coffee that not only stands out for its aroma and taste but is also traceable - from farm to roaster.

 

“Consumers are increasingly interested in where their ingredients come from, but traceability is notoriously challenging in coffee supply chains because of their fragmented nature. The beans are sourced from smallholder farmers scattered across remote areas and often change hands multiple times before reaching the roaster”. Florian Schmidt, general manager, coffee at ofi.

 

“This is why we’re innovating with our customers to deepen our digital presence on the ground to improve traceability. This benefits both farmers and coffee lovers, who are becoming increasingly quality-oriented and experience-driven”, Schmidt continues.

 

At farm level, ofi sources high-quality lots via it's proprietary smartphone app from smallholder farmers located in the south-central region of Guatemala. It allows farmers to negotiate and transact with ofi directly. Each transaction is tagged with the farm location and date and provides the source data for Melitta’s SAP material traceability tool, using blockchain technology.

 

The sustainability insights platform AtSource adds a layer of transparency for customers. The social and environmental footprint of a coffee purchase can be measured across 100+ metrics, at various stages of the supply chain journey - at farmer group level, through processing and logistics, up to the roaster.

 

For the final consumer, scanning a second QR code on the back of their bag of Melitta Guatemala specialty coffee – like this one for a Guatemala Honey from producer Yoni Garcia - directs them to the unique story of the farmer and processing method behind their coffee.

 

 

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