True partnerships can lead to extraordinary outcomes, especially when there’s a common goal 

 

ofi is the largest dried onion producer in the world. We control our process from seed to factory to ensure the highest food safety and quality standards. Just when you thought our dried onion products couldn’t get any better, we partnered with Neo-Pure, an innovative organic pasteurization technology developed by Agri-Neo, to further enhance food safety for our products.

 

We believe that an onion is only as good as its journey. So, let us take you through the journey of an ofi onion and show you why our world-class onion just got better and safer.

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Seed breeding

We believe the best ingredients start from the ground up


For over 75 years, our proprietary seed has provided onions with consistent flavor, color, shape and size year over year. These uniform onions also have more dry matter to boost yield and reduce the amount of land, water, and inputs needed per acre. As a result, we reduced approximately 7 billion gallons of water, 55,000 metric tons of CO2, and 8,000 acres of production over the past ten years.

Close up shot of black seeds

Cultivating

We cultivate the future of farming

(and onions too)

 

As a global leader in dried onion production, we share our expert cultivation knowledge with our local farmer partners to ensure consistent quality and yield. Our onion cultivation program not only produces onions with higher solid content and lower water content but also focuses on optimizing irrigation to deliver significant value to ofi, growers and the natural environment.

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Harvesting

Custom-designed equipment for improved efficiency and quality

 

After nine months of cultivation, our flavorful, sustainably grown onions are ready to be harvested by our custom-designed equipment in three stages (topper, digger, bulker). Using color and hand sorters, we can separate out dirt, roots and foliage in the field. Then our onions are loaded into trailers and driven to our processing facility.

Arial shot of a tractor harvesting crop

Processing

We know how to improve upon fresh


ofi’s dried onion program delivers consistent true-to-taste product quality to our customers. Our onions are sorted, carefully cleaned, and hand-inspected to ensure only the highest quality onions move onto the slicer where they are sliced to precise thicknesses. Afterward, the multi-stage drying process dries the onions while locking in their natural flavor and color.

Worker inspecting onions

Food safety

We are shaping the future of food safety

 

Neo-Pure is our latest food safety solution. It is a validated, organic pasteurization technology developed by Agri-Neo that uses a unique blend of organic actives to provide broad-spectrum inactivation of harmful organisms such as pathogens, yeast, mold, coliforms, and other indicator microorganisms.

 

Since Neo-Pure Pasteurization (NPP) does not rely on chemical gases or high temperatures, the natural aroma, texture, and taste of our onions remain unchanged, just as nature intended. It is certified to meet the USDA national organic standards and keeps the organic designation of our organic onions. It is also Halal and Kosher certified.

Neo-pure diced onions in a bowl

The most advanced pasteurization technology

The compact footprint and low energy requirement of Neo-Pure make it the most ecological and sustainable food safety technology. By seamlessly integrating it into our production process, Neo-Pure enables us to consistently deliver superior product quality and best-in-class service to our customers.

Neo-Pure machinery

At ofi, we pride ourselves on improving operational efficiency, enhancing product quality, and delighting our customers by employing the latest innovation in food safety

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Milling

Unparalleled product portfolio

 

Our Neo-Pure Pasteurized (NPP) onions are milled into a wide range of fractions –from sliced to minced to powdered –and even offer organic products. Our comprehensive portfolio doesn't compromise on product uniformity or piece integrity. We offer a product for any need, consistently delivering on flavor and quality.

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We strive for innovation to bring unique solutions to our customers

 

ofi’s leading presence in the global supply chain uniquely positions us to ensure the highest food safety and quality assurance standards. Our partnership with Neo-Pure brings together our farming, processing and food safety expertise to further address the ever-growing market demand for enhanced food safety and transparency. Neo-Pure Pasteurized (NPP) onions demonstrate our continuous effort to deliver value-added food ingredients and solutions to our customers.

Neo-Pure pasteurized onion powder

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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