Oatly launches larger pack size for barista oat milk

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Milk- and Dairy Alternatives

Oatly Launches Extra-Large Cartons of Barista Oat Milk in the UK

Oatly has introduced a new larger pack size for its most popular product, barista oat milk, in the UK. Taking inspiration from the large cartons used for the brand’s regular oat milk in the US, a new 1.5L format will launch at major food service wholesalers from next month. The product provides an option for cafés and coffee shops that use large quantities of oat milk, and the cost per litre will seemingly be lower than for the smaller 1L pack size. The recipe is the same, containing oats, water, rapeseed oil, salt, vitamins, and minerals, along with an acidity regulator to prevent splitting in coffee. “We took inspiration from our normal-sized US packs and made an extra-large pack for all true baristas, pretend-baristas, and …

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Oato Launches its Fresh Oat Milk into Waitrose Nationwide with Ambitions to Become the UK’s Leading Dairy Alternative

Oato, based in Lancashire England, is the producer of what it says is a category-first product with its refrigerated, fresh oat milk (as opposed to shelf-stable, UHT), created in a factory that produces more solar power than it uses. This February Oato announced its launch into Booths stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, and Cheshire, marking its debut in brick-and-mortar retail and first departure from its home delivery model. Now, the company celebrates its first fully nationwide launch as its 1L Fresh Barista Whole Oat Drink made with 100% British oats lands on shelves at 229 Waitrose stores throughout the country. Made exclusively with British Oats, Oato claims its carbon footprint and associated carbon miles are among the lowest of any plant milk on sale today. …

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MYOM oat paste

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MYOM Launches “Sensational” Paste That Turns Into Ultra-Sustainable Oat Milk

MYOM is a UK-based company that has developed an innovative way to make oat milk even more environmentally friendly. The company offers a shelf-stable oat paste that turns into “sensational, full-bodied” oat milk when combined with water. Each recyclable 65g pouch produces 500ml of oat milk, and refrigeration is only required once the milk has been made. The product helps to reduce the packaging waste associated with conventional plant-based milks, which in turn reduces transport emissions. According to MYOM, this makes the oat blend “one of the most sustainable milk alternatives in the world”. It could also reduce food waste among consumers and food service outlets that only require small quantities of oat milk. The company surveyed regular oat milk consumers and found that 73% …

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Is Oat Milk Unhealthy? Examining Viral Social Media Nutrition Claims

In recent years, oat milk has risen from obscurity to become the plant-based milk of choice for many consumers worldwide, and is arguably the milk alternative most commonly offered in cafes and coffee shops. But over the past year, viral social media posts and tabloid-style news articles have claimed that oat milk is deficient in nutrients, and have blamed the milk alternative for health issues such as bloating and blood sugar spikes. Here, we take a look at some of these claims. Is oat milk high in sugar? Many oat milk brands do not contain added sugar, but the way they are produced does allow the natural sugars in oats to be absorbed more rapidly into the bloodstream compared to eating whole oats. However, cow’s …

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Food Service

Oatly Named Exclusive Oatmilk Partner Across 100+ TOUS les JOURS Bakeries in US

TOUS les JOURS, a bakery café chain known for its wide range of gourmet pastries, cakes, and desserts, has initiated a new partnership with Oatly, a global leader in oat drink production. Oatly is now the exclusive oatmilk partner for TOUS les JOURS in the United States, which has established a strong presence since its inception in 2004, with over 100 local stores and more than 1,750 globally. To commemorate the partnership, the bakery chain also introduced two novel beverage options infused with Oatly oatmilk, available from March 21 at participating outlets nationwide. The collaboration introduces the Shakerato, an iced espresso drink shaken with vanilla syrup and topped with Oatly’s Barista Edition Oatmilk, and the Shaken Tea Latte, combining Assam tea and vanilla syrup with …

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Manufacturing & Technology

Irish Shellfish Producer to Open Oat Milk Facility Following Decline in Demand for Seafood

Irish shellfish producer Errigal Bay is set to open an oat milk facility in the county of Donegal, citing decreased demand for seafood and a growing market for plant-based products. The facility will be located next to one of Errigal Bay’s existing seafood processing facilities, in an area originally intended as a seafood cold store. However, the cold store is no longer needed due to changing market conditions; in a recently approved planning application, Errigal Bay noted that the loading on its existing facility has reduced in recent years, since “seafood production has experienced a decline in demand”. Consequently, the company intends to protect its existing employees and create further job opportunities by entering the plant-based sector. The new facility will also help to support …

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MALK Organics Secures Major Funding for Expansion, Unveils New Products

Plant-based milk company MALK Organics has announced the completion of an internal Series B extension spearheaded by the Benvolio Group and Rotor Capital; both investment firms focused on growth-oriented companies. This financial backing is poised to support the brand’s strategic initiatives, which include widening its retail footprint, amplifying marketing activities, and driving innovation in product development. Jason Bronstad, CEO of MALK Organics, spoke on the funding: “We are thrilled to announce another funding round from our valued partners at Benvolio, Rotor, and more on the heels of our latest product launches and distribution expansion.” In addition to this financial milestone, MALK Organics has also enhanced its product lineup with the introduction of three new offerings: a cashew-based milk and two shelf-stable milk alternatives—one almond and …

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Oatly Expands Beverage Portfolio with New Oatmilk Creamers in the US

Oatly today announces the introduction of Oatly Oatmilk Creamers in the United States. This product line addition targets the coffee segment with creamers designed to emulsify smoothly into coffee beverages. It comes in four flavors: Sweet & Creamy, Vanilla, Caramel, and Mocha. The company views its launch into flavored creamers as a significant opportunity to engage both new and current customers, citing data from Nielsen that reports a 13% increase in dollar sales and a 9% rise in unit sales for plant-based creamers over the past year. Following the announcement this morning, there has been a slight uptick in the company’s stock price, a pattern that has consistently emerged with the unveiling of new products or partnerships.  Leah Hoxie, SVP of Innovation at Oatly North …

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Arla JÖRĐ, a relaunch of Arla Food's 100% plant-based brand JÖRĐ, has debuted in Sweden this week, offering a range of oat-based products.

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World’s 5th Biggest Dairy Company Arla Foods Relaunches JÖRĐ Brand in Sweden

Arla JÖRĐ, a relaunch of Arla Food’s 100% plant-based brand JÖRĐ, has debuted in Sweden this week, offering a range of oat-based products. Arla JÖRD features the dairy giant’s logo, a new color scheme, and the products have a new enhanced recipe. According to The Grocer, the relaunch aims to homogenize the brand with other Arla products, including Arla Cravendale and Arla Lactofree. Best product mix The Swedish launch features six products, including fermented and flavored yogurts, oat drinks, and barista milk for making coffee and latte art. JÖRĐ’s range is made with Swedish oats. The new recipe is said be packed with proteins and enriched with essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamin D, and folic acid (B9). Additionally, all the products are lactose-free and …

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France: Danone Completes Conversion of Dairy Yogurt Plant to Oat Milk Production

French multinational food corporation Danone has converted its dairy yogurt plant in Villecomtal-sur-Arros to oat milk production. The company announced it was planning the conversion in 2021, as the French market for plant-based products continued to increase. Jobs at the plant will be retained following the transition, which required two years of work and a €43 million investment. The facility will mostly produce oat milk for Danone’s plant-based brand, Alpro, which the company acquired in 2017. Initially, around 100,000 litres per day will be produced, but this could eventually rise to as much as 300,000. Around 90% of this will be exported, mainly to other European countries. Danone now has four plant-based milk facilities across Europe — the others are in Issenheim (France), Lunnarp (Sweden), …

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British Airways offers Glebe Farm oat milk on long-haul flights

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British Airways to Offer Glebe Farm Oat Milk on All Long-Haul Flights

British Airways has announced that it will begin offering plant-based milk as an option on board its long-haul flights. The carrier has chosen oat milk made by UK brand Glebe Farm, which grows its own gluten-free oats in Cambridgeshire. In 2022, Glebe Farm told vegconomist that it hoped to “redefine the UK oat milk market”, encouraging a shift away from imported products. While the oat milk will soon be available on flights, British Airways warns that supply may initially be limited until the rollout is complete. The airline also offers a vegan inflight meal, though this must be ordered 24 hours in advance of the flight’s departure. In 2022, British Airways began offering a range of plant-based meals in first-class and business-class airport lounges as …

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Oatly’s New Unsweetened and Super Basic Oatmilks: First Major US Product Expansion in Five Years

Plant-based milk category leader Oatly announces the introduction of two new oatmilk products in the US – Oatly Unsweetened and Oatly Super Basic. This launch marks the company’s first major addition to its core beverage lineup in the United States in the past five years. Leah Hoxie, SVP of Innovation at Oatly North America, highlights the strategic intent behind these innovations: “As oatmilk gains mainstream traction, consumers are increasingly unwilling to compromise on taste for dietary choices. Our US R&D team has meticulously worked for nearly a year to balance these new oatmilks with our existing product range. We believe these additions will meet the evolving consumer preferences, and we’re excited for everyone to experience them.” Oatly Unsweetened features a proprietary oat base developed in-house, …

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Oatly Expands US Reach with Rollout at 180+ Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Cafés Nationwide

Oatly (Nasdaq: OTLY), the Swedish oat milk manufacturer, has announced a foodservice distribution agreement with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a global leader in specialty coffee and tea retail. This partnership marks a notable expansion for Oatly, as its Barista Edition oat milk will now be accessible in over 180 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café locations across the United States. Mike Messersmith, President of Oatly North America, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting the shared values and commitment to quality between Oatly and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. He comments, “We’re thrilled to bring Oatly to customers of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, an iconic brand that cherishes a great coffee experience just like we do.” This collaboration follows a …

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Oatly Stock Surges Following Partnership Announcement with Insomnia Cookies

Oatly Group AB (Nasdaq: OTLY), the “world’s largest oat drink company,” known for its witty marketing campaigns, has announced a new collaboration in the US with Insomnia Cookies. Present at all 250+ locations across North America, Oatly’s 11oz Original and Chocolate Oatmilks are now featured alongside Insomnia Cookies’ assortment of signature warm cookies, desserts, and ice creams. Stock surge follows announcement Following a steady decline since mid 2021, Oatly’s stock surged by well over 30% after the announcement of the new partnership and has since leveled out. The company has been shifting toward an “asset-light supply chain strategy” in an effort to boost profitability and has stated that it is on track to post profits this year. Part of this strategy has included transferring plant …

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Velike! Launches Germany’s First Refrigerated Oat Milk in Returnable Glass Bottles

German oat dairy brand Velike! has introduced NOT M’LK, a new fresh oat milk range in returnable glass bottles. Claimed as the first refillable vegan milk on the refrigerated shelf, NOT M’LK’s range includes 1.5 and 3.5% fat versions in 1-liter bottles (not to be confused with NotMilk from NotCo). This initiative marks the brand’s expansion into the chilled section and aims to offer nutrition-conscious consumers a high-quality milk alternative in resource-saving packaging. Velike! is a brand of Black Forest Nature GmbH, founded in 2019 to find sustainable solutions to dairy products. The company’s oat dairy range encompasses shelf-stable and fresh milk, ice cream, and chef creams. The new fresh oat milk receives a gentle heat treatment, giving it a milk-like consistency and rich flavor. Besides …

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Mooala Simple

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Mooala Meets Consumer Demands with 3 Ingredient Shelf-Stable Plant-Based Milk

Organic, plant-based milk producer Mooala introduces the Mooala Simple line, featuring its first three-ingredient, organic, shelf-stable plant-based milk.  Mooala launched a line of shelf-stable plant-based milks in 2020, responding to changing consumer preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this new offering aims to address evolving consumer demands for products with simplified ingredient profiles.  Jeff Richards, CEO of Mooala, states, “Consumers are reading labels carefully – they are demanding fewer ingredients in addition to organic ingredients; we created Mooala Simple as an elevated product line to address both needs.” The new Simple Oat Milk and Simple Almond Milk contain only three ingredients, with no gums, oils, or other additives. While other Mooala products, including its popular Original Bananamilk, are available at major retailers around the US, …

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Nude. and Mae Terra launch oat milk range for children with carbon footprint labels

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Brazil: Nude. and Mãe Terra Introduce Oat-based Drinks for Kids with Carbon Footprint Labels

Brazilian oat specialist Nude. and Mãe Terra Produtos Naturais e Orgânicos have partnered to create a line of sustainable oat-based children’s drinks that display the product’s carbon footprint on the packaging. The new Nude. Zooreta oat milk range comes in three flavors: cocoa, red fruit, and vitamin (banana, apple, and papaya). The initiative marks the first time for Mãe Terra, though carbon footprint labels are already part of Nude.’s climate-transparent message. Both companies are B Corp Certified. The new vegan drink range will be part of Mãe Terra’s Zooreta portfolio, which includes snacks, granola, and cookies for children. Suitable for vegans and lactose-intolerants, the drinks are gluten-free, without added sugar or additives to offer a clean-label alternative. Lower environmental impact  Nude. was founded in 2020 by Giovanna Meneghel and Alexander Appel in …

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Wide Open Agriculture receives a grant from the Australian government to expedite the production of an oat drink enriched with lupins

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WOA Receives AUD$5M Government Grant to Produce Oat Milk Enriched with Lupin Protein

Wide Open Agriculture (ASX: WOA), an Australian agriculture and regenerative food company which owns the brand Dirty Clean Food, has received an AUD$5 million grant from the Western Australian Government to scale up the production of a new oat milk enriched with a lupin-derived protein called Buntine. A the end of 2021, WOA raised $20 million to build a production facility near a farming area of high-quality oats in Western Australia. The grand will expedite its establishment. At the facility, WOA will produce the new oat milk and lupin protein formula in various formats and will continue producing its already launched oat milk products— “the world’s lowest carbon” plant-based drinks. The new plant, expected to launch in Q3 2025, will feature novel manufacturing technologies to reduce production costs and …

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Menchie's Frozen Yogurt

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Food Service

How Menchie’s, One of America’s Largest Frozen Yogurt Chains, Is Embracing Dairy-Free Consumers

For years, dairy-free options at frozen yogurt shops were difficult to find, save for the occasional fruit-based sorbet. But times have changed, and many US chains – including 16 Handles, TCBY and Yogurtland – now offer soft-serve yogurt made with ingredients like oat milk.  It’s all the more remarkable that Menchie’s, North America’s largest self-serve frozen yogurt chain, now offers the most extensive selection of dairy-free items, with about a dozen rotating yogurts and sorbets to choose from.  With 350 locations in the US, Canada, Mexico and beyond, Menchie’s prides itself on offering a welcoming atmosphere and has made impressive efforts to cater to guests seeking fully plant-based yogurt. Since 2016, it has launched an ever-increasing range of indulgent yogurt flavors including Vegan Cinnamon Horchata, …

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Armored Fresh Cheese Slices Made from Oat Milk

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Cheese Alternatives

Armored Fresh Unveils “Rich and Creamy” Oat Milk Cheese Slices for Foodservice

Armored Fresh, the South Korean food tech company making innovative dairy-free cheese, announces the latest addition to its product range – American Slices with oat milk. Created to expand the brand’s US foodservice channel, the new cheese is targeted to consumers who can’t consume other vegan cheeses due to nut allergies.  According to Armored Fresh, the new oat milk cheese “perfectly mimics” the salty, sharp and nutty flavors of real dairy cheese. The product reportedly required extensive trials to recreate the creamy texture of the brand’s original almond milk-based American Slices. The final product is said to capture the unique taste and melting properties of conventional dairy cheese and does not contain soy, gluten, artificial flavors or preservatives. With the debut of oat-based American Slices, …

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