I bet you didn't know since 2018 Otis Oatmilk was being produced in Sweden because there were no suitable production facilities on the Land of the White Cloud?
Otis co-founders Tim Ryan and Chris Wilkie made it their mission to return to making their oat milk in New Zealand ever since they launched in Lincoln, Canterbury, as the very first New Zealand oat milk brand five years ago.
“As we scaled up our production, we weren’t prepared to compromise on the nutritional quality of our oat milk. Because of this, we’ve had to ship our New Zealand-grown oats to Sweden for manufacture due to the lack of a local factory with the technology required to produce premium oat milks to the gold-standard we demand" says Tim Ryan.
Source: Otis Oat Milk
“The journey to setting up our own factory has been long and hard and has involved seven feasibility studies over eight different sites across Aotearoa, costing a lot of money and years of graft for our small start-up. We’re thrilled to have finally cracked this in a partnership with Auckland-based Free Flow, signing on as their first customer with Otis rolling off their lines from late 2023,”
The new Free Flow manufacturing plant will be one of the world’s most technically advanced plant-based milk manufacturing facilities, capable of making 50 million litres of plant-based beverages each year.
It is being developed with the world’s leading brain on oat milk, Sweden’s Angie Triantafyllou. Referred to as the ‘godmother of modern oat milk’ for her patented innovations, the ex-Oatly founder is now Chairman of the board at Swedish plant-based technology company Cerealiq and has been heavily involved in the development of the new facility.
“We know New Zealand produces some of the highest quality oats in the world, and when this facility opens, they’ll be producing arguably the highest quality oat milk in the world, too,” Triantafyllou says Angie Triantafyllou
She says Otis was the first oat milk maker in New Zealand to use Cerealiq’s patented enzyme technology.
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. Production of oat milk will start later this year.