Our Quinoa and Chia Supply Chain

We supply quinoa, chia and value-added products from our own facility in Peru

Our Value to your business

In-house organic certification program

Traceable supply from formgate

Field officers in major growing areas supporting our accumulation

Sourcing

Peru is the largest global producer of quinoa. The growing industry consists mostly of smallholder farmers, who pool their grain in farmer associations or cooperatives.

Olam acquired established quinoa and chia sourcing company Andinas Crops in 2018. Located in Lima, Peru, it has certified over 1,500 Organic growers and supports the formation of growers cooperatives.

Today we have field officers sourcing Organic quinoa in La libertad, Ayacucho and Cusco. We provide technical assistance to farmers, training in Organic standards and attend cooperative meetings. In Puno and Ayacucho working with local municipalities, we provide warehousing in growing areas. At harvest, farmers deliver their product to our warehouses for analysis and classification. We test product in regular increments for residues and provide traceability from farmgate.

Processing

Our BRC certified processing plant is located in Lima, Peru. We have an annual processing capacity of over 7,000 MT, and storage for 1,000 MT. We have 10 years’ experience in origination, processing, packaging and marketing of quinoa.

Value Added Processing

In addition to sourcing and primary processing, we offer pre-cooked and flaked formats.

Shipping & Distribution

Our standard packaging is 25kg polypropylene bags. We can also offer flexible packaging options, such as retail Doypacks. Transit from Callao port, Peru to Australia is usually 30 days.

Harvest and Market Dynamics

In Peru, quinoa is harvest between May and July. Growers will normally have a good idea of total production in March/April.

Growers sell the majority of their quinoa at harvest time. Black quinoa normally attracts a premium due to higher protein and nutritional values. Between 2013 and 2014 the price of quinoa doubled, and production levels surged leading to an oversupply. Since 2015 prices have declined, and consequently, Peruvian farmers have switched to growing other crops such as garlic and onions. Normally Organic quinoa represents a third of total production in Peru, however this varies based on the whether the organic premium is a enough incentive for growers to certify their crops.

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