Chiles

From perfectly mild to fiery heat, our comprehensive portfolio includes the largest selection of chiles to add authentic flavor, varying levels of heat and brilliant color to food & beverage products.

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Paprika

A low-heat pepper that is a great vehicle for adding red color to sauces, soups, stews and salad dressings. Our proprietary paprika seeds are grown in the Southwestern US by farmer partners who have been working with us for decades. Once harvested, the chiles are brought to our processing facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico for cleaning, washing, drying and grinding. 

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Chili pepper

Chili peppers have been used in many different cuisines around the world for centuries, to provide a light, mild heat. Our chili pepper products are prepared from fresh peppers that were grown in the Southwestern US and dehydrated, milled to desired particle size, blended and processed at our facility in Las Cruces, NM to achieve desired pungency, color, and flavor.

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Chili powder

Made from one or more of our chili pepper types, combined with salt and spices. This product works well in Mexican dishes varying from chili con carne to enchiladas with red sauce and as a seasoning or natural coloring additive in savory sausages, hearty chilis, long simmering stews, spicy breadings and colorful egg dishes. Our dried chili powder is sure to mildly heat up any application.

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Red chili

High heat with a touch of fruitiness, this chili can be used to bring bold spice to Southern, Caribbean, Mexican, South American and Indian cuisines or mixed with vinegar to create a liquid hot sauce. Grown and processed in India, this chili is also available in a crushed format. These vibrant flakes with seeds add punch to your applications both visually and from a flavor standpoint.

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Speciality chiles

From bright yellow, Peruvian Aji Amarillos to the infamous green Hatch Chiles, which are exclusively grown in Hatch Valley, New Mexico, our range of specialty chiles is sure to meet your spice needs. Whether you’re looking for a hot heat, a subtle spice or to add natural, bright colors, it is likely you will find it in our portfolio.

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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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