True partnerships can lead to extraordinary outcomes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Read ofi news

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.

 

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