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ofi employees participate in the "Forest to Farm" project

January 2024

Recently, ofi employees joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (Sierra National Forest), the National Forest Foundation and Knorr, a Unilever brand, for a day of service at the Sierra National Forest in California to...


Why Should Specific Industries Choose ofi When Choosing a Spice Distributor?

December 2023

At ofi, we serve a variety of industries, from bakeries to meal kit services to snack companies. If you’re in any of the following industries, we wanted to share even more specific, quick tips for choosing a spice supplier and why ofi should be your go-to supplier. 


The difference of almond flour vs. regular flour

December 2023

The food industry is constantly evolving, with new trending ingredients and processes being introduced every day. One of the hottest ingredients right now is almond flour...


9 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Spices Supplier

November 2023

In the food and beverage industry, choosing the right spices supplier can be crucial to the success of the business. With so many options out there, how can you decide on the best supplier? In this guide, we'll break down nine key factors to consider when choosing a spices supplier for your business.


Rethinking Opportunity with Nut Flours and Powders

November 2023

Gluten free is here to stay, but creating a great tasting gluten-free cookie, cupcake, or bread can be challenging.


What Does Sustainability Mean to ofi?

November 2023

ofi’s deep-rooted presence in all major spices as well as cocoa, coffee, and nuts origins brings us close to the source of production. By working and co-creating with us, you and your company can make substantial progress towards your sustainability goals and help us create real change for the people and the planet!


From our orchards to consumers: Get to know our California almonds

October 2023

We currently produce almonds over 13,000 acres, spread out across ten orchards in California’s Central Valley. With that footprint, ofi can produce roughly 26 million pounds of almonds on an average year. 


Your Comprehensive Onion Guide: Origin, Benefits, and Uses

September 2023

Did you know that onions have made our eyes tear up for over 5,000 years? That's right! These trusty bulbs have been around since the Bronze Age, dicing their way into historical recipes from the Pharaohs of Egypt to the chefs in the Ming Dynasty. They've played roles in kitchens, rituals, medicines, and even mummification.


ofi Walnuts Welcomes Newly Proposed FDA Health Claim

September 2023

As one of the top walnut suppliers in the world, ofi welcomed the latest news released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proposing a new definition of “healthy,” that would allow walnuts to meet the criteria...


National Hot & Spicy Food Day Trends

August 2023

 
The “hot and spicy food” trend continues to heat up, with no signs of slowing down. In fact, have you noticed that as of recently, 71% of menus and 11% of drink menus feature the word “spicy?” There's even a day dedicated to this trend - National Hot and Spicy Day is celebrated every August 19th. 


All About "Nut Butters"

August 2023

As consumer eating and consumption patterns evolve, there is a distinct move towards adoption of healthier ingredients and alternatives. Nut butters, made from a variety of nuts, are packed with the goodness of proteins, fiber, vitamins, and unsaturated fats


Unlocking Flavor: How to Balance Flavors and Create A Memorable Dish

August 2023

 
Seasoned chefs know that understanding the power of flavors can turn good meals into extraordinary culinary experiences. Whether you’re cooking Thai stir-fry or classic American burgers, learning how to balance flavors can elevate your dishes and excite taste buds. 


Essential Mexican Herbs and Spices for the Commercial Kitchen

July 2023

When it comes to Mexican cuisine ingredients, having the right spices can make your meals stand out to your customers. We help you stock your kitchen with the right spices for Mexican dishes to satisfy the taste buds of your customers and offer them unique flavors using traditional Mexican spices.


How to Make a Signature Spice Rub Unique to Your Business

June 2023

A great spice rub can make a dish more appetizing and impress your customers. If you are a restaurant chef, food manufacturer, or caterer, consider these tips for how to make your own signature spice rub. 


Delicious Dairy-Free Ice Creams for Everyone

May 2023

Ice cream has long been the go-to summer treat for those with a sweet tooth, but many people are now looking for dairy-free alternatives that still offer the same creamy texture and flavor. Luckily, there's no need to sacrifice taste to get a dairy-free ice cream, such as a classic vanilla or a chipotle chocolate.


Quality and Sustainability are Heating Up: ofi is the Place to Get Your Green Chiles

April 2023

Are you looking for green chiles? As an global established leader in chiles, ofi is now the largest green chile & jalapeno producer in the USA. Not only do we offer top-notch quality and safety standards, but our commitment to sustainability will make your products stand out from the crowd.


Exploring Regional Barbecue Trends - Summer 2023

March 2023

Not only can barbecue provide comfort, but it can also be an exploration into different cultures and their unique takes on classic barbecue dishes. From Jamaican Jerk in the Caribbean to Memphis Barbecue in the US, let's explore some of these regional barbecue trends for the summer of 2023.


National Snack Food Month

February 2023

February is National Snack Food Month! What better way to celebrate than with a discussion about the booming snack industry? From popcorn to nuts to chips made with natural ingredients—the options are seemingly endless! It’s clear that Americans love their snacks, with sales making up almost a third of global sales. But why are we so into snacking? Let’s find out!


Using Herbs and Spices in Pet Food

February 2023

Premiumization of pet food has increased over the past years with pet parents paying more attention to what goes into their dog’s dinner. When you look to formulate your next dog food or cat treat, take a look at including these ingredients.

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