Olam expands spices processing facility in Vietnam

16 January 2014 | News | By Bureau Report

Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, a leading global integrated supply chain manager and processor of agricultural products and food ingredients, based in United States has completed an expansion in size and capability of its spices processing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The 85,300-sq-ft spice processing facility will enhance cleaning and storage processes for black pepper, and adds capabilities to process cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg products. The investment in new equipment and technologies, along with its Innovation and Quality (IQ) center in Fresno, California, allows Olam to exceed prevailing international and US regulations and the highest standards expected by its spice and ingredient customers.

Upgrades to the Vietnam facility include advanced technologies such as cryogenic milling using liquid nitrogen; a pepper cleaning line; a Plant HTST steam sterilisation and pasteurisation system; and new pepper milling lines. The company has added climate control for balancing water activity in the processed products and expanded physical storage capabilities.

New pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg grinding lines and equipment will more than double production capacity and output for those products. The expansion augments the facility’s existing separators, sifters, and two steam sterilisers that clean the spices and reduce microbial contamination.

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