ofi, a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, has increased its ingredient manufacturing footprint by adding significant capacity to its dairy production facility in Johor, Malaysia.
By commissioning a new milk powder dryer and gravity flow production system, ofi remains focused on servicing customers both locally as well as across the Middle East and Africa.
The enhancement to the Johor processing facility’s capabilities will strengthen the production volume of functional dairy ingredients and fat filled milk powder, in turn enabling ofi’s customers to formulate innovative applications at scale. In addition, the expanded integrated dairy Ingredient Excellence Center (IEC)in Johor has new laboratory spaces with state-of-the-art research and development equipment dedicated to supporting customers seeking a customizable, tailored and cost-efficient approach to application solutions in beverages, bakery and frozen dairy desserts.
ofi’s signature Lactorich range of dairy solutions continue to transform the way consumers experience this healthy and nutritious product. As an example, in East Africa, ofi is providing customers with a milk powder called Vers that is robust and both coffee and tea-stable, offering optimized performance in functionality, value and taste, helping its customers create better dairy products with no added flavors.
Meanwhile, ofi has also announced the opening of its 1st phase dairy processing plant near Waikato in New Zealand. The facility will produce dairy ingredients like whole milk powder to meet growing demand, targeting key customer applications in dessert, bakery, beverage, and confectionery categories.
Sandeep Jain, Managing Director and CEO, Dairy, at ofi said, “As we continue to expand our dairy manufacturing capabilities and innovation infrastructure, the new Tokoroa plant will become part of a global network that spans major milk consumption markets, such as Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa. The new plant also complements a suite of enhancements made to ofi’s dairy facility and IEC in Johor, and combined with its Customer Solutions Center based in Singapore, which enables us to co-create bespoke food and beverage solutions for our customers.”
The next stage of investment will see further capability added to the facility to develop high value dairy ingredients, expanding the range of ofi’s offering while generating better returns for its farmers (partners).
According to Naval Sabri, Senior Vice President, Dairy, at ofi, “The dairy ingredients we’re now producing are nutritious and highly versatile with a desirable texture and flavor. They can be used in many applications from ice cream and yogurts, bakery goods and confectionery items, through to coffee, tea and cocoa beverages.”
In summary, ofi’s new facilities aim to address its customers’ innovation, traceability, and sustainable sourcing requirements.