Maybe the International Space Station (ISS) is first stop, but don't rule out the possibility of the Netherlands-based based OatPlus spray-dried Oat Milk being a part of the future nutritional profile for 'off-world' astronauts.
This is according to OatPlus Co-Owner and Director, Bert Stoker who is 'bullish' about his company's unique spray-dried oat milk product reaching new heights.
'Of course, our powders can be used as nutritional supplements for crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has also used "normal" milk powder as a nutritional supplement for astronauts in the past', says Bert.
'The food sent to the ISS is rigorously tested and carefully selected to ensure that it is safe and nutritious for the crew. The food must also be light, storable, and easy to prepare in the microgravity environment. Therefore, our oat milk powders can certainly be used as a nutritional supplement for the crew, but it is probably only a small part of a carefully planned and balanced diet'.
While OatPlus is presently focusing on the 'sweeter' vending machine coffee and hot drink market it also runs a private label division enabling manufacturers and smaller innovative companies to tap into their proprietary technology.
'Because our oat milk powders are spray-dried, they are easy to mix on a larger scale with other delicious flavours or vegetable powders, such as coffee, matcha, cocoa, chai and many others. Plant-based, of course, which means it is gluten-free and certified vegan' says Bert Stoker.
Source: OatPlus - Fruit and vegetable flavoured OatPlus prototypes
The notion of blueberry, strawberry, banana and mango Oat milk feels like a very appealing consumer option says Bert.
'There has been a growing trend towards plant-based milk alternatives in recent years, as more consumers are looking for healthier and more sustainable options. Oat milk has gained popularity in particular due to its creamy texture and neutral taste, which makes it a versatile option for a variety of uses'.
Oat milk also tastes great but it's the versatility as a spray-dried product which lends itself to innovative potential including as a clean food supplement designed not only for convenience but also 'ultra-efficient' application such as space or air travel - think #SPACEX, #NASA or #EMERATES.
'Additionally, consumers are increasingly looking for products that are natural, minimally processed, and free from additives and preservatives. Therefore, if the oat milk is made with high-quality ingredients and marketed as a healthy and convenient option, we see the potential for ready-to-use naturally flavoured oat milk among consumers', says Bert Stoker.
OatPlus is currently marketed in the Far East, USA and countries in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
'The growing popularity of plant-based alternatives to dairy milk, including oat milk, suggests there may be significant room for growth in this market. Nonetheless, current trends suggest Oat milk is likely to remain a popular alternative to dairy milk for the foreseeable future', concludes Bert Stoker.
OatPlus goes beyond the notion of limits, reaching not only for the sky, but potentially venturing into the vast expanse of outer space.
SpaceX, NASSA and EMIRATES can CLICK HERE for more information.
CONSIDERING GOING PLANT-BASED ?
Then here is an easy-to-follow guide based on the science behind such a powerful and positive choice.
Written by plant-based Chef and six times published author, Scott Mathias CHHC.AADP