Your world-leading cashew supplier

We are the only fully-integrated cashew supplier 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. We as cashew supplier offer customized value added options such as vendor-managed inventory services. 

As world-leading cashew ingredients supplier 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.

 

As cashew supplier 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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Articles Feb 14, 2024
The sweet treats and trends winning hearts this Valentine’s Day

Author | Madeline Bills | Cocoa Innovation Manager at ofi

 

Chocolate has long been synonymous with Valentine’s Day, with sweet treats a classic way to celebrate the season of love.

But Valentine’s Day is evolving, with Gen Z and Millennials redefining traditions.  Many consumers are choosing to celebrate this day with friends and family members, as well as significant others. In 2023, 40% of Gen Z and 20% of Millennials said they were planning to buy their friends a Valentine’s gift.[1] And what better way to do so than with cocoa?

 

As consumers change the way they celebrate Valentine’s Day – and who they celebrate with – there is an opportunity for manufacturers to develop new products.  From introducing more exotic flavors in confectionery to creating more experiential formats and expanding into new categories, we’re seeing companies inventing new ways for consumers to celebrate the season of love with those who matter most to them. At ofi we explore the top chocolate, confectionery and bakery trends shaping Valentine’s Day 2024 and how manufacturers can develop new offerings to win the hearts of consumers.

 

[1] Actually, Lots of Gen Z Would Rather Spend Valentine’s Day with Their Friends - YPulse

Press Release Feb 7, 2024
ofi creates solar-powered cocoa warehouse at Port of Amsterdam

olam food ingredients (ofi), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, and Commodity Centre Group(“CCG”), a leader in supply chain, logistics, and warehousing solutions in the UK and Northern Europe, have partnered to create a cocoa bean warehouse terminal exclusively using green energy at the Port of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

 

ofi and CCG jointly achieved this by installing nearly 7,000 solar panels at the warehouse, which could lead to the reduction of 1,350 tons of CO2 per year. This is the equivalent of 67,500 trees absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and utilizes roof space in the region of two football pitches in size to maximize green energy usage. The company expects the warehouse to also be certified carbon-neutral in the future. 

 

The warehouse is critical for helping ofi deliver high-quality cocoa beans to its global confectionery brand customers. Using an innovative conveyor belt system, cocoa is directed into one of the 110 available pens, creating bulk micro lots managed by CCG. Not only does this enable greater segregation of beans to preserve their flavor, but it also helps maintain quality and traceability1. The company believes it is one of the only systems like this in existence, and thanks to the solar installation, the process now exclusively uses renewable energy.

 

This latest move forms part of ofi’s ambition for sustainable cocoa, Cocoa Compass, which sets ambitious goals – including a 30% reduction in natural capital costs2 by 2030. ofi reduced these costs in 2021 in its global cocoa processing operations by 11% per metric ton of product output, partly due to investments in renewable energy initiatives. For example, a network of biomass boilers fuelled by cocoa shells, which was recently shortlisted for an Edie sustainability award.

 

Chris Beetge, President of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa, ofi, said: “We’re always looking at ways to drive decarbonization across our cocoa value chain from the farm to our processing facilities and warehouses. The milestone of turning our Amsterdam warehouse operation solar-powered is another example of how we’re not only progressing towards our own environmental goals but also supporting those of our customers and the national climate agendas of the Netherlands and the EU.”

 

Alec Gunn, CEO of Commodity Centre Group, said: “Our Group has been working closely with ofi for over 35 years, providing logistics and warehouse solutions in multiple locations. Commodity Centre’s Amsterdam Falcon and Osprey Terminals are shining examples of our continued commitment to incorporating sustainable solutions within our operations.”

 

Discover much more about what ofi has to offer at ofi.com

 

1 Cocoa beans with segregated traceability are sourced via a sustainability program, providing social and environmental support to farmers, and are kept separate from conventional cocoa beans.

2 Natural capital costs/accounting follows a holistic systems approach to understanding the true value of nature, people, and society for humans. It is an approach to measure the changes in the stock of natural capital at a variety of scales and to integrate the value of ecosystem services into accounting and reporting systems.

 

Articles Feb 5, 2024
Chocolate and Confectionery gets a sweet surprise across Europe

Author | Naveen Passani |

Technical Category Manager for Chocolate & Confectionery, ofi

 

Last year, freak weather patterns, global inflation and war have caused supply challenges and increased confectionery prices. Yet demand across Europe remained resilient. While the tough economic backdrop has led consumers to cut back on discretionary spending, many see chocolate as an affordable luxury they’re unwilling to give up.

 

That means intense competition for manufacturers looking to attract consumers’ attention in this category. One way to succeed is by tapping into the desire for adventure and developing products that use exotic or unusual flavors. So, building on our research into the emerging flavor profiles crossing continents, here are three chocolate and confectionery trends to watch right now.

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