Olam began operating in Côte d’Ivoire (popularly known as the Ivory Coast) in 1994, setting up our head office in Abidjan. We have since built up a strong presence across the country, and now manage various product depots and manufacturing locations in San Pedro, Daloa, Dimbokro, Bouake, Korhogo, Katiola, Boundokou and Ouangolodogou. We have also acquired a significant stake in the SIFCA Group, the largest private sector company in the Agro Industrial Segment with a leading position in palm, rubber and sugar.
We employ more than 610 permanent and 275 temporary staff and provide seasonal employment to over 6,000 people. Today we are one of the leading exporters of cocoa, coffee, cashew, cotton and wood products out of Côte d’Ivoire. Olam works with over 85,000 farmers in the country through partnerships with over 1,000 cooperatives. On the import side, we deal mainly in rice, dairy products, palm oil and tomato paste, nurturing an extensive local distribution network for our established brands including ‘Royal Orchid’ rice, ‘Pearl’ dairy products and ‘Tasty Tom’ tomato paste.
For each product, we undertake an integrated value chain approach for our customers, ensuring full traceability from origination to delivery. Both our export and import logistics are effectively managed by Mantra, our in-house logistics business.
As part of our community efforts, we manage several programmes that help to improve the livelihoods of more than 300,000 local farmers, enhancing quality and augmenting their productivity to ensure they earn better value for their produce.