Our Hazelnuts Supply Chain

We are a leading supplier of natural hazelnut kernel and hazelnuts

Our Value to your business:

We source hazelnuts from Turkey and Georgia

We are the second largest hazelnut processor globally

We after a full value-added range and accommodate custom specifications

Sourcing

In 2011 Olam acquired the Progida Group. Based in Istanbul, Progida has a long relationship with growers in the Black Sea Region, on sourcing hazelnuts across Turkey, and building strong relationships with farmers and intermediary traders.

Today our teams in Turkey and Georgia work collectively with 5,400 smallholder farmers who are all part of the Olam Livelihood Charter. Key programme initiatives include training farmers, workers and intermediaries on positive labour practices such as elimination of child labour and women’s empowerment. As well as partnerships with local NGOs we also partner with the Fair Labor Association. The aim of our responsible sourcing programme is to establish transparent supply chains from farm level to customers.

Our teams in both Turkey and Georgia work with almost 5,000 farmers operating under the Olam Livelihood Charter <>. Key areas of focus include training for farmers, workers and intermediaries on good labour practices such as health and safety, elimination of child labour and women’s empowerment. As well as partnering with local NGOs we also partner with the Fair Labor Association. The aim of our responsible sourcing programme is to establish transparent supply chains to the farm level.

Processing

We operate state-of-the-art ingredients factory in Giresun, Turkey, and nut cracking facilities across the Black Sea Coast. These are equipped with world leading technology for roasting, specialty dicing, colour sorting and sieving. Our variable capacity roasting lines are produce hazelnuts with consistent flavour, aroma and texture. This technology combined with our experienced team, ensures we deliver a high-quality product to our customers.

In 2011, Olam acquired a leading processing plant in Georgia, close to Samagrelo/Zugdidi - Georgia’s largest growing region. From this region we are able to offer larger callipers to customers.

We are committed to food safety and quality. We have BRC, IFS 5.0 (Higher Level), ISO 22000:2005, ISO 9001:2008 and GMP certifications. We also offer Organic, Kosher and Halal certifications.

Value Added Processing

Through Olam Progida, we are a global leader in hazelnut processing. We supply quality nuts in line with customer specifications. We offer conventional and Organic and specially selected kernels, and a range of hazelnut ingredients, such as blanched, roasted, diced, paste and flour.

Shipping & Distribution

Our standard pack type is 25kg vaccum-packed cartons or 500kg bulk bags. We ship from multiple ports in Turkey. Transit time to Australia is usually 40 days.

Harvest and Market Dynamics

Harvest in Turkey falls between August and September. Turkey is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts accounting for 70pct of world production.

Hazelnut pricing is impacted by Turkish politics and fluctuations of the Lira. The Turkish Grain Board (TMO) will regularly purchase a quota of hazelnuts from the open market to establish a price floor and support small-holder farmers. Growers will hold onto product if they expect favourable intervention. Hazelnuts are vulnerable to inner mould and the buying behaviour of large European confectioners impacts the availability of high-quality kernel, which can sell out before the end of the season.

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