14/02/2020 – News / Ingredients / Olam International / Gulfood 2020 / Cocoa / Coffee / Dairy / Spices
Olam serves up taste of inspirational ingredients at Gulfood 2020
Leading food and agri-business Olam International will be showcasing its Cocoa, Coffee, Dairy, Edible Nuts and Spices ingredients in a culinary demonstration at this year’s Gulfood, when the MENA region’s premier food event returns to Dubai World Trade Centre next week (16–20 February).
At Olam’s exhibition stand (#C6-29, Exhibition Hall 6), chefs will create delicious recipes, such as mezze with chilli, garlic, and almond paste; gnocchi with reduced fat almond flour and black pepper, as well as dark chocolate cookies with roasted cashew paste.
Backed by a global sourcing, farming and processing footprint, Olam has developed a strong position in countries across Middle East & North Africa (MENA) – and the company today offers a differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ products that cater for diverse food choices and increasing consumer demand for healthier and more sustainable food.
From farm to factory gate
In the last year, Olam’s new sustainable sourcing platform AtSource has been rolled out to two of its supply chains in the region – hazelnuts from Turkey and onion from Egypt – giving customers first time access to the social and environmental footprint of these ingredients at every step along the supply chain, from farm to factory gate.
“Olam has a unique offer for manufacturing and retail customers: we either source or grow an extensive portfolio of ingredients, which we then process in certified facilities, and customise for specific applications in one of our 14 innovation centres around the world,” said Gaurav Grover, Senior Vice President and Regional Head for Olam in MENA, speaking ahead of the Gulfood event.
“Our Edible Nuts portfolio alone includes almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, sesame, walnuts and superfoods like quinoa and chia – available in multiple formats for just the right texture and aroma,” he advised, adding that this is coupled with a similarly broad ingredient offer each for dairy, cocoa and spices. “So, whether it’s about identifying new origins, new product development or contract-manufacturing, our team is ready to discuss our customers’ needs at Gulfood,” Mr Grover added.
A strategic partner
A number of Olam’s customers from the MENA region – also set to appear at Gulfood next week – have remarked on their relationship to the leading food and agri-business business. Amongst them were Haitham Noureldine, Regional Buying Manager at Saudi processing company Gandour Group which offers an extensive range of products like confectioneries, baked goods, cocoa-based and vegetable oils. “Gandour Group considers Olam to be a strategic partner, adding value to our business,” he remarked, adding that “quality, reliability and consistency” have given Olam a leading competitive advantage.
Likewise, UAE-headquartered multi-food products group IFFCO has called upon Olam as its reliable vendor of cocoa products for more than a decade now. A Sridhar, Head-Procurement at IFFCO said his firm was “delighted by the quality of products and services provided by Olam”, and appreciated their supplier’s “prompt responsiveness and professionalism in business”.
Wasim Arar, Director of ubai-based Tayseer Arar Food Company added that “it has been a long and fruitful journey with Olam, with full commitment and co-operation in all aspects.”
Visit Olam International at Gulfood (16–20 Feb, Dubai World Trade Centre) at exhibition stand #C6-29, Hall 6.
To book an appointment with an Olam representative, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and the products you would like to discuss.
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