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Cotton

We are a universal supplier of cotton to the world’s textile markets.

We source from the four major growing regions - Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia – and are supported by significant investments in gins and logistics infrastructure.  This leadership in the raw cotton supply chain, enables us to assure quality.

Using the latest technology, our world-class ginning systems help improve fibre quality, benefiting both the grower and spinning mill. Through our standards, highly trained operators, and stringent maintenance programmes, we have been able to enhance farmer and customer confidence to produce superior and consistent quality cotton safely. We are the largest private ginner in the world.

Our close relationships with suppliers provide first-hand information on emerging supply and demand dynamics. We offer affordable risk management solutions to all customers and suppliers, and can customise product offerings according to pricing terms, currencies and tenors.

Our marketing offices in Singapore, the USA, China, India and Turkey enable us to serve the global market, and our cotton stocking points in China, Malaysia and Turkey allow us to meet any just-in-time customer requirements.

We operate warehousing facilities in the USA, Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Tanzania, to offer our customers a variety of flexible shipping arrangements, up-to-date information and shipment tracking.

We are committed to the traceable and sustainable supply of cotton. We are a member of Cotton Made in Africa and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a progressive step to formalising a sustainable cotton supply to consumers. Through the BCI, we have helped farmers and retailers verify their cotton standards, improving their marketability.

“As a leading global cotton merchant, we are able to leverage our knowledge and expertise to assist farmers and ginners obtain a fair price for their cotton, as well as provide guidance on better crop management practices. This, in turn, provides us with a consistent supply of good quality cotton.”

Ashok Hegde
Managing Director and CEO, Cotton and Edible Oils

Sourcing Across Four Continents

We run extensive ginning operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Chad, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe and have nurtured long-standing relationships as the preferred partner to various cotton marketing boards and ginners.

Through our integrated ginning model in Côte d’Ivoire, Chad and Mozambique, we support farmers to improve crop yields and quality, provide seeds, training services, access to agri-inputs and social investment which in turn improves livelihoods. We do this in close partnership with development agencies including IDH, USAID and BMF.

Read About Our Sustainability Programmes in Africa

We are the leading supplier of medium and extra-long staple cotton from Central Asia. We transport cotton from the region’s land-locked countries to major markets worldwide. In India, we have used our long-term presence in other agricultural products to set up infrastructure across the country’s major growing regions.

With over a decade of supplying imported and domestic cotton, we are now a major participant in the regional trade flow and have a strong franchise with domestic spinning mills.

In the USA, our business is diversified across the major growing regions of Texas, Memphis, Georgia, California and Arizona, with ginning and warehousing infrastructure in several locations. We are a leading supplier of all the USA cotton varieties and have an exclusive marketing agreement with Liberty Agricultural Cooperative Association.

In Brazil, we are a leading cotton exporter and have developed long-standing relationships with large number of growers, providing them with innovative financial and risk-management solutions.

Through our subsidiary Queensland Cotton, we have built strong relationships with growers in Australia for whom we provide marketing, ginning, classing, warehousing, logistics and seed marketing. We are recognised as an industry leader, a trusted supplier of premium quality cotton, and a preferred partner for many of the major textile mills worldwide.

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Cotton Mozambique – Amelia’s Story

Meet Amelia. She has a small cotton farm in Nampula, Northern Mozambique. By partnering with Olam she has received technical training, farm inputs and the guarantee that Olam will buy her crop.

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Training Teachers to Help Farmers Count

The lives of villagers are being changed by an Olam literacy project in northern Côte d’Ivoire. Classrooms are being set up in warehouses, churches and farms to teach adults and children how to read and write.

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