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. 

Close up shot of raw almonds

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. 

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Blog May 24, 2022

Collaborating with Save the Children to tackle Child Labor

Child labor in cocoa has no one cause. There are often complex and deep-rooted cultural, social, and economic challenges at play. 

 

Farmers cannot always afford to pay for farm labor, so their children help on the farm at weekends or after school. Some parents have no school nearby to send their children to or they cannot provide the documents needed to enroll them, such as birth certificates. Sometimes labor laws are misunderstood or poorly enforced. The complexity of the problem means one intervention will never be enough – it requires a range of long-term actions at the individual, community, and national levels.

 

Tackling child labor therefore requires collaboration across stakeholder groups – including customers, partners and NGOs. That is why in 2020 we invited Save The Children and its Centre for Child Rights and Business to assess how effectively we combat child labor across four of our key cocoa-growing countries (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria) and to identify areas where we could be doing more.

 

Save The Children found our programs have real reach and impact. Such as in Cameroon where we trained 6,000 smallholder farmers in child labor sensitization, or in Ghana where we set up protection committees covering 210 communities. It found that our strength lies in our holistic approach, which considers a range of root causes, the link we have made between traceability and child labor monitoring, and the roll-out of our digital Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation (CLMRS) app.

 

As a result of the study, we intend to build on our existing child labor training programs and measure their impact through before and after assessments. We plan to more strongly link community protection programs with our supply chain operations and create more robust outcome indicators to ensure we are making a real difference.

 

Ines Kaempfer, CEO of the Centre for Child Rights and Business, Save the Children said:

“We really welcome ofi’s readiness to allow an independent third party to review their existing child labor prevention and remediation programs in order to define their strategy going forward. The transparency demonstrated by ofi in this process is remarkable and proves to what level ofi is committed to finding the best possible strategies to protect children in their supply chains. We are looking forward to continuously supporting ofi in this endeavor."

 

Find out more about how we’re making the future of cocoa more sustainable.

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 20, 2022

ofi’s nuts team recognized for industry excellence and innovation at INC Congress

ofi’s nuts team was awarded the Corporate Golden Nut Award, by the International Nut and Dried Fruit

Council (INC) Congress. The Golden Nut Award is the top international recognition of excellence in the nuts industry. The team also received the Innovation Award for Cashew Nut Oil Dipping Sauces & Dressings, which use minimally processed cashew oil to address consumer interest in the plant-based market.

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