Cashews

We are the only fully-integrated company in most major producing and processing origins.

Across Asia and Africa, we have more than 15 cashew processing and packaging facilities, many of which are HACCP and BRC-certified, enabling full traceability to international standards.

 

Our cashew marketing offices include the USA, Europe, Dubai, India, Australia and Singapore. To complement our offerings, we offer customized value added options such as vendor-managed inventory services. 

Our vision is to scale positive impact in cashew supply chains through partnerships to help tackle the most pressing issues facing cashew farmers and their communities. 

 

Cashew Trail sets 2030 targets across ofi’s cashew business, from farm to factory – in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and ofi’s commitment to deliver naturally good, sustainable ingredients. These include an ambitious goal to fight poverty and create economic opportunity by improving the livelihoods of people living in cashew communities and growing farmer yields.

Sourcing

Since 1989, we have built exceptional cashew sourcing networks across Asia and Africa. Dedicated teams work in farming communities all year round, providing timely insight on raw cashew nut quality and crop profiles. This is enhanced by long-term relationships with large grower, cooperative and local trader networks, minimizing the risk of supply interruptions for our customers.

 

We have been running economic, social and environmental impact programmes for several years in Africa. Today, through our sustainability strategy Cashew Trail, we are supporting thousands of farmers in countries including Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana with many of these programs under a flagship sustainability sourcing solution - AtSource, which is powered by Olam. Because we work with the farmers and cooperatives, we can also offer fully traceable Organic and Fairtrade cashews. 

 

Find out more about our goals and targets under Cashew Trail.

Processing

In India and Vietnam, we run fully-mechanized processing facilities that operate under superior safety and hygiene parameters. At the same time, we are pioneers in transferring the experience, skills and technologies to our cashew processing operations in Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

 

We have shortened process times, minimised control points, and incorporated precision grading and sorting to deliver more consistent quality cashews, customised cashew grades and ingredients as well as Kosher and Organic-certified varieties. Most of our facilities are HACCP and BRC-certified, enabling us to offer our customers full traceability to international standards.

 

We are the largest cashew processor in Africa. Our efforts to process raw cashew nuts where they are grown is appreciated by governments, customers and other agencies. In addition to providing large-scale employment opportunities, we also run health campaigns, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives, adult literacy programmes, productivity-based incentive schemes, as well as annual and cultural celebrations with the view of effectively engaging our workforce. Our processing units are based in rural communities and principally offer opportunities for women to directly earn cash incomes.

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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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News Aug 17, 2022

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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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