Our goal is to achieve 100% traceable and sustainable cocoa volumes from our direct origination supply chain by 2020.
Millions of people around the world depend on cocoa for their livelihoods. We believe in creating a fully sustainable cocoa supply chain, in focusing on traceability and its proper measurement to ensure supply chain integrity, and in building a framework of international policies and best practices that provide cocoa farmers and their communities with long-term, positive support.
Sustainability programmes now span Africa, Asia and South America, supplying traceable, certified and sustainable cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients to the global cocoa and chocolate industries. Learn more.
The Olam Cocoa portfolio includes the deZaan, Unicao, Joanes, Macao, Huysman, BT Cocoa and Britannia brands.
Our cocoa products are organised around the 3 key elements of consistency, quality and functionality (flavour, colour and performance in application) and the 3 categories of cocoa powders, cocoa masses and cocoa butters.
Covering 10 major cocoa producing countries, we procure cocoa beans from an ever-expanding network of 650,000 farmers.
As Africa is the source of more than 70% of the world’s cocoa crop, it is the heart of our cocoa bean sourcing operations and we are the leading exporter from the continent. Our African footprint spans Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon in West Africa, as well as Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa.
In Asia, we have an established, market leading position in our sourcing operations, with procurement mainly from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In South America we have a strong operation in Brazil and an expanding presence in Ecuador. We also source from niche geographies, supplying fine-flavour cocoa for chocolate connoisseurs worldwide.
We are one of the world’s leading processors of cocoa powder, cocoa mass (also known as cocoa liquor or cocoa paste), and cocoa butter.
Our 11 processing facilities (plus powder milling, blending and refining) have a capacity of 700,000 metric tonnes and are strategically based either in the main producing countries or in primary consumption markets to optimise transportation and environmental efficiencies.
European and North American markets are served by processing facilities in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. The increasing demand for cocoa flavoured products in Asia is served by our cocoa factory in Singapore.
Our sales and trading offices are located in every major cocoa consumption market worldwide.
We also leverage the presence of other Olam group offices to create a global cocoa service offering that supports customer needs, whether they are a major multi-national producing FMCG or a bean-to-bar chocolate producer.
As one of the leading traders of cocoa ingredients, our team continuously monitors the global market, short- and long-term trends, and futures positions. Additional cocoa market intelligence is gleaned from a multitude of sources to help customers make informed procurement decisions that are backed by world-class trading and risk management guidance.
Innovation and creativity are the driving forces behind each new cocoa product we bring to market.
Our 7 Cocoa Innovation Centres (CIC), with R&D professionals in Brazil, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, develop tailor-made cocoa ingredient solutions for chocolate, confectionery, dairy, biscuit and bakery, beverage, ice cream and dessert applications supported by comprehensive quality testing and precision processing.
Every year we launch new and exciting cocoa powders to meet the unique needs of both individual customers and broad market trends. Whether for new product development (NPD), improving product quality, recipe reformulation and reinvention, shortening product formulation and development timelines, special application projects, or simply to enhance manufacturing efficiencies, our Cocoa Ingredient Development and Innovation experts around the world provide a comprehensive range of bespoke support services.
Contact our Innovation team to arrange a CIC visit, to join one of our focused application Seminars, or to attend a new product Innovation Day.
“We are dedicated to Growing Responsibly and I personally encourage anyone who enjoys the many pleasures provided by cocoa to join our efforts in creating a sustainable market environment of traceability, transparency and trust.”