Tropical Spices

Add adventurous flavor and stunning color to your applications with our wide array of tropical spices. With boots on the ground in all key producing origins, we can provide supply security to reduce risk and increase reliability.

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Turmeric

Turmeric has been heavily embraced by the wellness community, where it is used as an ingredient in beverages and protein bars. It offers an earthy flavor that works well in spice mixtures of Indian or Malaysian origin. Our turmeric is cultivated by our growers, in partnership with our crop supervisors and processed at our factory in Kochi, India by our team of manufacturing experts.

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Cumin

Often used in Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines, cumin provides a savory, pungent flavor that is essential to curries and tacos. Our cumin seeds come from the flowers of plants that belong to the parsley family, that are grown in India. Our manufacturing experts clean, dry, grind and pack the spice at our processing facility in Kochi, India. 

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Coriander

Grown and processed in India, this subtle, earthy seed spice works well in Indian, Latin American and Middle Eastern cuisines. Dried coriander has a mild, versatile flavor, making it the perfect ingredient in rubs for chicken and lamb or in spicy chilis, savory soups and hearty stews. It can also offer a spicy, woody kick in stir-fry or salad dressings. 

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Fennel

Fennel adds a fresh, strong licorice flavor with a sweetness that complements a number of applications including baked goods and savory dishes. Grown and processed in India, this spice works well in Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Scandinavian cuisines.

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Cinnamon

Also called “cassia,” this spice is the backbone of sweet baked goods and an essential accent to savory dishes and beverages. We secure our cinnamon from the inner bark of trees grown in Vietnam and Indonesia, then process the bark at our facility in Vietnam.

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Ginger

Ginger offers a bright citrus flavor with a gentle heat, making it a great addition to desserts, baked goods and beverage preparations, such as health drinks, as well as a variety of ethnic cuisines. We source our ginger from Nigeria and then we process the root into a powder at our manufacturing facility in Vietnam, where it is packed and shipped to our customers worldwide.

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Nutmeg

Grown in Indonesia on an evergreen tree and processed in Vietnam, our nutmeg rounds out the flavor of desserts and savory dishes. With warm and bitter flavor notes, this spice works well in Dutch, Italian and Caribbean cuisines.

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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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