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Our Sesame Supply Chain

Olam is the world’s leading supplier of sesame.

Our Value to your business:

We source Pan-Africa

We are the largest sesame trader and processor in the world

Our supply chain is fully traceable

We use mechanical hulling technology, removing the need for chemicals or effluent


Olam was the first exporter of Nigerian sesame. Today Africa produces around a third of global sesame consumed and represents 70% of global trade value. Olam is the largest trader of sesame and offers pan African sourcing. We have procurement offices in Burkina Faso, India, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. We also have representatives and agents in other origins including Ethiopia.

We source from small and large-scale sesame farmers, cooperatives and a wide range of collectors in all main producing countries. Our sesame is fully traceable from source to its rural collection centres.



We have 2 state-of-the-art facilities in Nigeria and Turkey supporting our sourcing operations, we offer an end-to-end supply chain. Our food safety standards are stringent, as a result we are a leading supplier into Japanese consumer markets, where food safety standards are exacting.

Our Nigerian plant is FSSC 22000 certified. We process sesame with zero chemicals and zero effluent, using mechanical hulling rather than caustic agents. Our facility has in-house aflatoxin testing, one of only a few similar facilities in Africa. We produce natural, natural sortex and hulled sesame.

In 2016 we acquired a business based in Turkey with several generations of experience in sesame. We recommissioned the facility in 2017 which now uses aqua processing with a saline solution and mechanical hulling to process sesame from multiple origins including Ethiopia and Sudan.

Value Added Processing

Our Turkish facility produces light, dark, and custom blends of Tahini, and roasted sesame.

Shipping & Distribution

From our Turkish facility our standard packaging is 25kg bags or 950kg bulk bags. From our Nigerian facility we offer 25kg or 15kg paper bags. Transit from Turkey to Australia is usually 40 days. For our Nigerian sesame transit from Lagos to Australia is usually 55 days.

Harvest and Market Dynamics

The Nigerian harvests commences in September. India has 2 sesame seasons with the first and biggest crop harvested in October/November, and the second in May.


Seasonal lows usually coincide with the southern hemisphere crop produced by Tanzania and Mozambique available in May/June. Over the past decade growers in China and India have reduced sesame plantings in favour of better returns offered by other crops. Because of this, the African continent has become increasingly important as a sesame producer.

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