Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients Announces Expansion of Its Vietnam Facility Enhancing Production and Safety of Its Black

    Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients Announces Expansion of Its Vietnam
   Facility Enhancing Production and Safety of Its Black Pepper and Spices

PR Newswire

FRESNO, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014

FRESNO, Calif., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Olam Spices & Vegetable
Ingredients (Olam SVI or the Company) has completed an expansion in size and
capability of its spices processing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The
85,300-sq.-ft (26,000-sq.-mt) 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 & Quality (IQ) center in Fresno,
California, allows Olam SVI to exceed prevailing international and U.S.
regulations and the highest standards expected by its spice and ingredient

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Upgrades to the Vietnam facility include advanced technologies such as
cryogenic milling using liquid nitrogen; a pepper cleaning line; a Plant HTST
steam sterilization and pasteurization 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 sterilizers that clean the spices and reduce microbial contamination.
Certified by British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit protocol, the plant
completed successful inspection by the U.S. FDA in 2010. The facility is one
of the largest in the world in its category and employs more than 400 people.

"Our regional presence in origins such as Vietnam for the past eight years
allows us to take control of the commodity at the farm gate level and closely
manage the product from post-harvest processing to storage and final
delivery," said Olam SVI President Greg Estep. "Our customers can be confident
the ingredients that make their products great are of the highest quality and
sourced through our unparalleled processing and logistics capabilities."

Olam SVI's efforts to improve quality standards of spices produced in Vietnam
includes farmer training to promote safe agricultural practices. Structured
courses are offered through learning centers and extension providers, and
model farms have been established.

"Our strong marketing presence in key destinations gives customers an
advantage in the proprietary market information and responsive service we
provide," said Deepak Shah, global product line head, pepper and tropical
spice business at Olam SVI.

The IQ center opened earlier this year as the hub of excellence for safety and
quality in Olam SVI's worldwide operations. Through their microbiology and
chemistry laboratory work, scientists and quality assurance professionals at
the IQ dictate corrective and proactive actions in quality programs at
manufacturing plants in the U.S., Vietnam, India, Egypt, Peru and China.

For more information, visit Olam SVI.

About Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients

Headquartered in Fresno, Calif., Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients (Olam
SVI) is a top global supplier of onion, garlic, spices, capsicums, tomatoes
and specialty vegetables. The company has mastered the full supply chain from
source to market, growing and sourcing the finest raw materials in spice and
vegetable ingredients with operations in the U.S., Vietnam, China, India,
Egypt and Peru. Olam SVI leads the industry in sustainable operations,
processing technologies and farming practices. Its more than 50 years of
conventional seed breeding for crop optimization is applied in agricultural
communities around the world. Olam SVI is a business unit of Olam
International, a leading globally integrated supply chain manager and
processor of agricultural products and food ingredients. For more information,
please visit olamonline.com/products-services/spices-vegetable-ingredients.

About Olam International

Olam International is a leading globally integrated supply chain manager and
processor of agricultural products and food ingredients, supplying various
products across 16 platforms to over 12,300 customers worldwide. From a direct
presence in more than 65 countries with sourcing and processing in most major
producing countries, Olam has built a global leadership position in many of
its businesses, including Cashew, Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Cocoa,
Coffee, Rice and Cotton. Headquartered in Singapore and listed on the SGXST on
February 11, 2005, Olam is a component stock in the Straits Times Index (STI),
MSCI Singapore Free, S&P Agribusiness Index and the DAXglobal Agribusiness
Index. Olam is the only Singapore firm to be named in the 2009, 2010 and 2012
Forbes Asia Fabulous 50, an annual list of 50 big-cap and most profitable
firms in the region. It is also the first and only Singapore company to be
named in the 2009 lists for the Global Top Companies for Leaders and the Top
Companies for Leaders in the Asia Pacific region by Hewitt Associates, the RBL
Group and Fortune. More information on Olam can be found

For more information, please contact:
Roxana Janka, Phelps
Email; 310-752-4485

Andrea Gaitan, Olam SVI
Email; 559-446-6449

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SOURCE Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients

Website: http://www.olamonline.com
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