OLVEA Burkina Faso’s new plant

OLVEA Burkina Faso’s new plant

(Posted on 13/05/16)

Cornelius supplier OLVEA Burkina Faso produces Shea butter in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso), a raw material highly valued by the cosmetic industry for its hydrating properties. 

A sustainable approach 

Since its creation in 2008, OLVEA Burkina Faso has developed organic and sustainable supply chains, with a respectful supply from the local people and environment. OLVEA links the women collecting the Shea nuts with the cosmetics market, while leaving the added value in the native country of the raw material. Thus, OLVEA works directly with women's cooperatives and provides them with a secure market, a higher-than-the-market price, and fair and transparent remuneration. On the other hand, OLVEA guarantees its customers complete traceability of the product, from the tree to the end-user. 

A new plant 

In order to better meet the growing demands of the international cosmetics market, OLVEA has built a new factory, inaugurated on 19th April 2016. This new agro-industrial processing unit allows OLVEA to increase the quality and quantity of the Shea butter produced while optimizing the flow, the quality and the competitiveness of its production. OLVEA also plans to become, within the next few months, the first company in Burkina Faso to be certified ISO 22000

A green plant 

The special feature of this innovative industrial site is its eco-conception, respectful of the local environment. Through research conducted with different Burkinabe actors (2iE, CIRAD, CIRDES, CISM and ENEF), the plant benefits from many innovations: 320m² of photovoltaic panels covering 20% of the energy used by the plant, bioclimatic architecture, use of local materials, innovative treatment of the Shea kernels and a biomass boiler fueled by Shea cakes.

The new technical and technological tools of this plant have also created 20 new direct jobs and enabled the current staff to increase their skills and qualifications

A sustainable future 

The flexible and semi-automated production process allows the implementation of new production lines. Thus, OLVEA will develop new agricultural supply chains and always offer more ingredients to the cosmetics and food industries. 

This development has already started this year, with the production of virgin organic sesame oil for the food industry, which cake is valued in the animal feed. OLVEA is training the women’s cooperatives already producing Shea nuts so that they will ensure future sesame production, which will guarantee them an additional source of income and secured business opportunities. 

OLVEA is also working on the beeswax treatment, in partnership with cooperatives and beekeepers in order to ensure sustainable practices. This product, increasingly used by the cosmetics industry, represents a real ecological benefit: pollination is one of the major environmental challenges of this century. 

Thanks to OLVEA’s partnerships with research institutes such as INERA, the CNSF and ICRAF, new Burkina-native seeds supply chains will emerge over the coming years. 

The inauguration in a nutshell 

On 9th April 2016, the inauguration of the new plant took place in the presence of Stéphane Sanou, Minister of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts, representing the President of Burkina Faso, as well as ambassadors from France, Denmark and the European Union, and technical and financial partners of OLVEA.

For more information on OLVEA's product range, contact Siobhan Walker on 01279 714 300 or at siobhan.walker@cornelius.co.uk