Finalists in the 2023 Organic Beverages Awards see New Zealand's very first Oat Milk on the list along with other organic product innovators country-wide.
Founded in 2018 by Wilkie and Tim Ryan, the company is overjoyed to be a finalist in what's become New Zealand's most prestigious organic beverage awards, opening up unlimited opportunities for past winners.
'Creating New Zealand's first organic oat milk made with New Zealand oats, make's us pretty proud.' says the company. 'Using a stripped back clean recipe reflecting the manner in which the oats were grown, just oats, water, salt. Simple. We couldn't be happier"
The company boasts the use of 100% New Zealand-grown whole oats grown in Southland along with 120% carbon emissions offset. Otis is also packed in carbon-neutral packaging made from 89% renewable plant-based materials.
The company recently announced a local manufacturing deal with Auckland-based 'Freeflow' which will see the popular brand grown, produced and packaged entirely in New Zealand. Up until now 'the right' facilities were just not available in New Zealand with the product being processed and packaged in Sweden.
Free Flow Manufacturing will add an additional 2500m² of production and another 4000m² of warehousing dedicated to plant-based milk production to an already existing facility in Glen Innes in Auckland, using Swedish technology.
Durham Farms Organic A2 Milk https://www.durhamfarms.co.nz/product-page/1l-organic-a2-jersey-whole-milk
Our nominators said: "The milk is so creamy and tastes amazing. Durham Farms promote zero-waste packaging, using a bottle deposit scheme that encourages customers to clean the bottle and bring it back for reuse. The bottles of milk are produced on the farm and delivered directly to our customers."
FruitCru Organic Cider and Pét Nat
Our nominators said: "These guys are certified organic with Organic Farm NZ. They create a completely natural fruit cider/wine range using seconds of fruit that could go to waste. An eclectic mix of apples, pears, quinces, plums, elderflowers, kiwifruit, feijoas and more. This year is their second vintage after a sell-out first vintage in 2021."
IncaFe Organic Coffee
Our nominators said: "IncaFe has an unrivalled certified organic coffee, made in New Zealand. We love the Marin estate beans which we grind and use in our machine. This coffee is also very competitively priced and arrives within a few days of order. Best organic coffee around and is value for money. Tastes great and has consistent quality. I have huge respect for the people and their back story. In a world of "greenwashing" it's great to know that they go further than Certified Organic, right back to their relationship with local growers."
Little Shaggery Farm Apple & Feijoa Juice
Our nominators said: "Taste and consistency are amazing! Not excessively sweet like most store-bought juices ."
Tempus Tonics Ginger Pear Shrub https://www.tempustonics.co.nz/product/ginger-pear-shrub/
Our nominators said: "Made in small batches and certified organic using as much as possible the fruit grown on the organic orchard. I like to drink this and the other flavours mixed with soda water. Makes a most refreshing drink and while indulging in it I also know that I am gaining the benefit of the apple cider vinegar which is one of the main ingredients."
Vivace Coffee Beans, Papua New Guinea Highlands Organic Organic Agricultural Cooperative https://vivaceespresso.co.nz/products/papua-new-guinea
Our nominators said: "After having tried many different coffee beans over the years we finally stayed with Vivace. The flavour is superb, consistent and smooth. The strength is just perfect for our taste plus the company is straightforward, efficient and extremely reliable to order from online."
....and ,Otis Oat Milk - the Organic One https://otisoatmilk.co.nz/pages/organic Our nominators said: "It's a delicious, simple and clean recipe. Otis has broken barriers getting the oats grown and milled by promoting organics. Personally, I think they deserve credit!"
The winner will be announced during NZ Organic Week 1-7th of May.