Brazil was Olam’s first country of operation in Latin America, starting with our cashew trading business in 2002. We then expanded into coffee, cotton as well as cocoa, grains, spices and vegetable ingredients, and risk management solutions. Headquartered in São Paulo, we are supported by over 900 dedicated employees across the country.
Our products in Brazil
As a top 3 exporter, our Brazil coffee operations are spread across 16 locations with our main office in Santos. We are an important supplier of local roast, ground coffee and soluble coffee to international customers including the USA, Europe, Middle East and Japan.
At our fully integrated Milano coffee plantation in Western Bahia, we produce premium Arabica coffee to high sustainability standards, and the plantation is CAS – 4C Code of Conduct compliant, as well as certified by Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. In addition, we procure large volumes of differentiated and certified coffees from growers, working closely with agri-input companies to help deliver a quality service to the farmers.
Our coffee portfolio also has a specialty coffee division in Santos to serve this niche but growing sector. We have a Q certified lab, recognised as a ‘SAC Premier Training Campus’ by SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America).
We have established a strong presence across the cotton value chain, serving both domestic and international markets. We are present in all major cotton producing areas, trade with more than local 300 growers and cater to Brazil’s top textile mills. Our cotton is exported to more than 10 destinations spanning across Asia and Europe.
Brazil is a major producer of cocoa, and we have operations spread across Ilhéus, Itabuna and Altamira. We offer a wide variety of cocoa products including cocoa butter, cocoa liqueur and cocoa powder. An acclaimed cocoa powder brand within the Latin American food ingredients industry is Joanes. In November 2016, we marked its 70th anniversary, unveiling a Product Development and Innovation (PDI) centre at the Ilhéus processing facility where customers across South America can experience first-hand the opportunities for collaborative new product development, proof of concept, and existing application recipe refinement.
Risk Management Solutions: (RMS)
Leveraging our deep expertise and experience in the Brazilian agri-business sector, and our strategic network of operations in the region, we began to offer Risk Management Solutions (RMS) to customers in 2014. We provide an array of customised solutions to manage trading risks for producers, food processors, sugar millers, merchants, and animal feed manufacturers in Brazil. Together with our supply chain offerings, we provide ‘one-stop solutions’ for our clients.
We set up our grains division in 2016 and have quickly scaled our operations. Besides exporting corn and wheat, we source grains for our wide range of customers, which include Middle East and Africa processors as well as other trading houses.
Spices and Vegetable ingredients (SVI)
One of the largest importers of spices and vegetable ingredients into Brazil, Olam imports directly from other Olam SVI originating countries in America, Egypt, India and China. Our range of spices extends across paprika, chilli, turmeric, garlic, cumin and dehydrated vegetables such as onion and garlic. Most recently, we have developed a pepper plantation in Bahia State with planting starting for this most delicate of crops in March 2017.
All of our procurement in Brazil comes under the Olam Supplier Code, which provides a comprehensive set of conditions to support Olam’s goal to purchase raw materials and products that are produced in a manner that is socially responsible, economically profitable and environmentally sustainable. We are also working with cocoa and coffee smallholders to improve yields and incomes, aiming to bring 2,000 farmers under the Olam Livelihood Charter.
Our employees are actively initiating and participating in community programmes focused on promoting child welfare, education and health. And we have joined various industry bodies to further the cause for sustainable economic development, such as CECAFE (Coffee) and AIPC Cocoa Processors Association (AIPC).
Olam Brasil LtdaRua Funchal 418 ,
9th floor (E-Tower building),
Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo - Brazil
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