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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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 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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