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.

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.

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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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