Press Release

    Olam to demonstrate sourcing and processing edge at Food Ingredients Europe 2015

    Press release

    Olam’s Edible Nuts, Spices & Vegetable Ingredients (SVI), Cocoa and Coffee businesses will be at Stand 6F35, Hall 6

    Global agribusiness Olam International will be demonstrating the depth and breadth of its ingredients portfolio at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) with its Edible Nuts, Spices & Vegetable Ingredients (SVI), Cocoa and Coffee businesses showcasing expertise in farm-gate sourcing and world-class processing.

    Olam Cocoa’s CEO, Gerard A Manley, said: “Growing responsibly is embedded in every aspect of Olam’s business. This is demonstrated by our ability to source sustainably, coupled with our expertise in taking products from processing to packaged products, benefitting customers across our entire ingredients portfolio. Whether it’s the traceability of our cocoa products, sustainably sourcing hazelnuts or creating exciting spiced flavours to stay ahead of the curve, our aim at FiE is to show how Olam’s commitment to growing responsibly can positively impact our customers’ brands and bottom line.”

    A consolidated cocoa offering

    Following the acquisition of ADM’s cocoa business and the recent establishment of a worldwide cocoa processing footprint, including five factories in Europe, Olam’s Cocoa business is now one of the top three integrated suppliers of cocoa beans and cocoa products globally. Olam is proud to see the talent of the deZaan® team under Olam’s enlarged Cocoa business recognised with new TRUEDARK™ cocoa powder shortlisted for the 2015 Food Ingredients Innovation Awards to be announced at the show.

    FiE will give customers the opportunity to experience the superior qualities of the deZaan® and Macao® cocoa powders.  Olam Cocoa will also be showcasing West African brand, UNICAO®’s new, whole bean roasted BM cocoa mass, a product that provides unique, West African flavour characteristics and which is packaged and shipped in a pioneering new ingot format.

    Part of Olam Cocoa’s new product offering, deZaan®’s TRUEDARK™ cocoa powder has been shortlisted in the category of Best Natural Innovation at the 2015 Food Ingredients Innovation Awards.  Using unique, proprietary technology, the Cocoa Innovation Centre team developed the first non-alkalised cocoa powder, which is set to have a revolutionary impact on the cocoa ingredient market by meeting increasing demand for clean label ingredients.

    Rinus Heemskerk, Global Head of Product Development & Innovation for Olam Cocoa commented: “Customers expect deZaan® to lead the innovation in cocoa products. Responding to the drive for more natural foods, we have been able to come up with a cocoa powder that provides the sensory experiences of an alkalised cocoa powder. deZaan®’s TRUEDARK™ is the logical next step in a range of product developments where we offer enhanced flavour performance for specific product applications.”

    Soluble coffee experts

    One of the world’s largest coffee companies, Olam has over 20 years’ experience, sourcing Robusta and Arabica beans from every major origin. Following investments in Vietnam and Spain, Olam has significantly expanded its mid-stream processing, ensuring that it can meet consumer demand across the world for spray and freeze-dried coffee.  Café Outspan Vietnam produces spray dried, agglomerated, freeze dried and frozen coffee extract, while Seda Outspan in Palencia, Spain, provides private label customers with coffee powder, agglomerated and freeze dried coffee granules, coffee oil and mixes of coffee with cereals or chicory packaged in a state-of-the-art packaging facility.

    Spices and Vegetable Ingredients: understanding customer needs

    As a leading global producer and supplier of dehydrated onion, garlic, capsicums and pepper, the operations of Olam SVI have excelled at managing the full supply chain from farmgate to market, growing and sourcing the finest raw materials in vegetable and spice ingredients. The global scope of operations and an exhaustive understanding of how the supply chain functions enable Olam SVI to seamlessly fold into customer processes and deliver products all over the world.

    Olam SVI is also committed to long-term investment in the sustainability of global supply chains. A focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in India helps farmers produce chili that is free of pesticide residues and aflatoxin. In India, Olam SVI worked with a pilot group of farmers to produce one of the world’s first Rainforest Alliance-certified black pepper supply chains. Customers to FIE can find out more about this and Olam SVI’s advanced clean processing, innovation and blending capabilities which lock in peak colour, taste, texture and performance.

    Leading edible nuts supplier

    For manufacturers seeking to capitalise on the health benefits of nuts or simply seeking texture and flavour, Olam’s Edible Nuts business unit, which has a presence in 80% of producing countries, will sample:

    • Almonds from Northern and Southern hemisphere drip-irrigated orchards, guaranteeing year round supply;
    • Cashews from multiple origins with significant investment in sustainability programmes, and differentiated product mixes including organic and pasteurised;
    • Natural and semi-finished hazelnut kernel products from Turkey (where Olam works with farmers on sustainable production), manufactured in accordance with customer specifications at Olam’s state-of-the-art ingredients factory in Giresun; and
    • Peanuts from all major producing origins as well as ingredients such as dry roasted peanuts, peanut paste and granulated peanuts.

    FiE 2015 is the world’s leading gathering of ingredient suppliers, distributors and buyers for the food and beverage industry. It takes place on 1-3 December 2015 in Paris Nord Villepinte, France. Olam will be at stand 6F35, Hall 6. See more at:


    About Olam International Limited

    Olam International is a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, supplying various products across 16 platforms to over 13,800 customers worldwide. From a direct sourcing and processing presence in most major producing countries, Olam has built a global leadership position in many of its businesses. Headquartered in Singapore and listed on the SGX-ST on February 11, 2005, Olam currently ranks among the top 50 largest listed companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalisation and is a component stock in the S&P Agribusiness Index and the DAXglobal Agribusiness Index. Olam is the only Singapore firm to be named in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Forbes Asia Fabulous 50, an annual list of 50 big-cap and most profitable firms in the region. It is also the first and only Singapore company to be named in the 2009 lists for the Global Top Companies for Leaders and the Top Companies for Leaders in the Asia Pacific region by Hewitt Associates, the RBL Group and Fortune.

    More information on Olam can be found at

    About Olam Cocoa

    Olam Cocoa is a leading integrated global cocoa business that supplies cocoa beans and cocoa products. Cocoa beans are sourced from all major origins and Olam Cocoa’s portfolio of respected brands is spearheaded by the iconic deZaan®, with its heritage of more than 104 years of excellence, plus West African origin brand UNICAO®, South American brand Joanes® and the well-established Macao® powders and Britannia specialty fats brands. Olam Cocoa has processing, refining and milling presence in the main cocoa producing countries, as well as in, or adjacent to, primary consumption markets in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia.

    Alongside a substantial operational infrastructure, Olam Cocoa recognises the clear responsibility to operate sustainably. This is formalised through the award-winning Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) and is supported by the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) that collects and analyses data at the farmgate level for targeted project development. This is further enhanced by the Socially and Environmentally Responsible Agricultural Practices (SERAP) programme. As one of the world’s foremost suppliers of sustainable cocoa, Olam Cocoa is accelerating progress towards its goal of 100% sustainably sourced cocoa by 2020.

    About Olam Coffee

    Olam is one of the world’s largest coffee companies, with over 20 years in the business and a strong presence in almost all of the large coffee-producing regions which is well-supported by an extensive network of marketing offices across the world’s coffee consuming countries.

    Olam Coffee provide a comprehensive supply chain solution that links millions of coffee growers to roaster clients, specialising in every supply chain stage from procurement, wet and dry milling, classification, transportation and risk management, to marketing processed coffees in its target markets.

    In further extending its value chain capabilities, it has since moved upstream in the supply chain and established coffee plantations, added a Specialty Coffee division to its portfolio, and moved midstream in the supply chain by engaging in the manufacture of soluble coffee.

    About Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients

    Headquartered in Fresno California, sourcing from 12 origins and selling into more than 70 countries, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients (Olam SVI) is a leading global supplier of garlic, onions, capsicums, tomatoes, spices and specialty vegetables. The Company has mastered the full supply chain from source to market, growing and sourcing the finest raw materials in vegetable and spice ingredients, with operations in the U.S., China, Egypt, India, Peru and Vietnam. Olam SVI leads the industry in sustainable operations, processing technologies and farming practices.

    About Olam Edible Nuts

    Olam Edible Nuts is a leading global supplier of nuts and nut ingredients, sourcing and processing in all the major origins and distributing to our customers worldwide. The business unit purchases, processes and sells cashews, peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts. Olam’s strong presence in origins across the globe enables us to offer reliable, year-round supplies at competitive prices.

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