In 1989 Nigeria was the launchpad for Olam’s global business endeavours, and we have featured prominently in the country’s economy ever since. With an initial focus on the procurement of primary commodities like cashews, cocoa and sheanut, we gradually refined our operational scope and expanded operations into three major business streams, namely exports, imports, and branded packaged food products under Caraway Foods.
Today, we have approximately 1,380 staff spread throughout the country, engaged in helping us manage of our value chain activities of origination, processing, marketing and distribution.
We also continue to reinforce our operations through both organic and inorganic expansion, expecting to shortly commence production in our mechanical cashew processing facility at Ilorin in Kwara, and recently acquiring both the Crown Flour Mills and the De Rica brand of tomato paste.
Our efforts in Nigeria have been recognised with several prestigious awards, including the 2011 Africa Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility to recognise our highly-acclaimed extension programme for rice farmers in Benue and Kwara, and the 2010 award for Overall Best Exporter of the Year.