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Spain is the world’s second largest importer of cocoa solids and a large cocoa processing country with a rich chocolate tradition. Olam Food Ingredients Spain was established in 2011 in Valencia, and increased the cocoa powder proposition through the acquisition of Macao, a well-recognised brand with a strong market share.
Our management team has over 30 years’ experience in cocoa and maintains strong relationships with Spanish chocolate and confectionery manufacturers, snack companies and powder users. We have created a marketing and manufacturing centre of excellence for cocoa powder and are a leading supplier to the chocolate beverage and biscuit industries in the Iberian and North African markets.
In December 2012, Olam acquired SEDA Soluble Coffee, a brand which has been associated with the production of private label and bulk coffee since 1957. A new, accomplished management team were implemented into the business.
SEDA Outspan Iberia SLU has 3 locations. A manufacturing plant in Palencia; the centre in Villamuriel manages packing and logistics; whilst the office in Madrid supports the commercial activities.
At our plant in Palencia we process soluble coffee and mixes of coffee with chicory or cereals, pure instant chicory and mixes of cereals without coffee.
We operate robust quality audit systems and maintain third party certifications. The coffee operations in Spain primarily service the European market, whilst the plant in Vietnam supports Asia.
Product Development supports the growth of the two Olam factories in Vietnam and Spain.
In 2019, newly developed products were responsible for nearly 50% of the total revenue from these two locations. Our co-creation policy has been resulting in successful developments because not only does it lead to the desired product but also allows our global customers to participate in the process. From the start, our teams take advantage of Olam presence in key growing regions to source the coffee beans that will be converted in the soluble manufacturing. Their technical skills allow them to convert the customers’ needs into processing parameters. In the end, our customers validate the works.
“We are very proud of the results that our teams are able to deliver to our customers. As we reached full capacities in both plants, we have evolved our works into internally-driven projects that will enable us to sustain innovations in the long run.”
We employ over 400 people across 4 locations.