Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) said its spices business is entering into a strategic partnership with Agri-Neo to provide the industry’s first organically pasteurized dried onions. The partnership combines OFI’s market leadership in dried onions and Agri-Neo’s pasteurization technology, Neo-Pure™.
As a certified-organic solution,[*] the Neo-Pure™ Pasteurized (NPP) dried onions will support OFI’s global customers in delivering ingredients to the highest food safety and quality standards. The technology enables pasteurization without radiation, which cannot be used in organic ingredient processing, and will enhance food safety in OFI’s organic and conventional dried onion ingredients.
OFI’s dried onions are used across a broad range of applications including pizzas, burgers, sauces, snacks, marinades and soups. As the world’s number one producer of dried garlic and onions, food manufacturers can trust OFI’s expertise in supplying safe, high-quality ingredients and the company’s co-creation capabilities across savory, snacking and bakery categories.
Combined with OFI’s transparent spices supply chain and expertise in farming, processing and food safety, the Agri-Neo partnership demonstrates OFI’s ongoing commitment to exceed customer expectations for safe and high-quality food ingredients.
“Whether our customers are seeking conventional or organic ingredients, our partnership with Agri-Neo enables us to provide these solutions as safely as possible, said Greg Estep, CEO of OFI’s spices platform.
“Ensuring that ingredients meet or exceed the highest safety standards – without harming the natural nutrition and sensory quality of the product – is part of our DNA at Olam Food Ingredients. Agri-Neo shares this view, as shown by the Neo-Pure™ integration. Consistently and effectively delivering high food safety standards, this all-natural pasteurization solution maintains the natural taste, color, and aroma of our comprehensive portfolio of dried onion ingredients.”
Rob Wong is president of Agri-Neo.
“The OFI-Agri-Neo partnership is a powerful combination,” he added. “Neo-Pure™ has continued to set the pace as the market leader in food safety. It exceeds the rigorous ingredient industry efficacy standards by using a patented blend of organic actives in a dedicated food safety system to eliminate pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. It is a non-thermal pasteurization process that has been specifically developed to preserve food quality. We look forward to working with OFI’s spices platform to enhance food safety for more food ingredients with Neo-Pure™.”
OFI will showcase the partnership with Agri-Neo to provide organically pasteurized dried onion products at the Fall American Spice Trades Association (ASTA) event in October 2021.
OFI is a new operating group born out of the reorganization of the Olam Group. OFI offers sustainable, natural, value-added food and beverage ingredients and solutions so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of Olam’s industry-leading businesses of Cocoa, Coffee, Nuts, Spices and Dairy with operations across America, Africa, Europe and Asia, with a network of 15,000 employees, operational in 48 countries, sourcing directly and indirectly from approximately 2.6 million farmer suppliers globally and operating 100+ manufacturing plants.
OFI has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farms, farm-gate origination and manufacturing facilities. OFI partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of “on-trend” food and beverage products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable.
Olam is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 17,300 customers worldwide. Its value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of an estimated 5 million farmers.
Through its purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders.
Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST.
Since June 2020, Olam has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a global sustainable investment index series developed by FTSE Russell, following a rigorous assessment of Olam’s supply chain activities, impact on the environment and governance transparency. The FTSE4Good Index Series identifies companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and is used by a variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds.
More information on Olam can be found at www.olamgroup.com.