All the tools you need for your oat milk production

Welcome to your one-stop-shop of biological solutions for oat milk production!

Here you can learn all about the wonders of oat milk and get fresh insights into the market. ​You can also get more technical, and explore how our solutions can help you on your journey to perfecting your oat milk.

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How to produce oat milk with enzymes

Getting started in oat milk production is not as difficult as you might think. At least not if you already have a dairy production setup.

Watch the full video to learn how to produce oat milk from scratch with our enzymes.

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Welcome to our Oat 360° toolbox

With our Oat 360 toolbox you get the full support package, whether you want to develop a new oat-based milk from scratch or start optimizing your existing oat milk.

On top of the solutions, you get access to our lab facilities and get top-tuned advice from our oat milk enzyme experts.

Why oat milk is the sustainable choice

While plant-based milks are generally considered more sustainable than traditional dairy milk, some plant-based milk alternatives are more resource-demanding than others.

Oats are easy to grow in many places around the world and is the less resource intensive alternative. That’s not only compared to other plant-based milks, but also compared to dairy milk. In fact, oat milk emits one third less CO2 in production than dairy milk.

With 58% of Americans willing to pay more for sustainable products, sustainable plant-based solutions present an opportunity for brands who have not yet tapped into the category.

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The oat milk market continues to cash in

The oat-based milk category has grown rapidly in the past three years. Just last year, 30 new oat-based beverages hit the shelves in the U.S (Mintel).

 

This increase in new oat-based beverage launches is not unexpected considering that U.S. retail sales of oat milk went from $4.4 million in 2017 to a whopping $29 million in 2019.

 

With this leap in sales and increase in launches, oat milk has surpassed almond as the fastest-growing plant-based milk alternative in the U.S., while almonds are still leading as best-selling plant-based milk.

 

On a global scale, the oat beverage market was valued at $360.5 million in 2019 and is projected to be worth $995.3 million in 2027, registering an annual growth rate of 13.4% from 2021-2027.

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Oat milk is a consumer favorite

In a 2020-Novozymes study, 50% of U.S. respondents said that they are willing to substitute traditional dairy milk to plant-based milk alternatives. 39% expected to consume more plant-based dairy alternatives in the future.

 

Similarly, the Good Food Institute (GFI) reports that 75% of U.S. consumers who buy plant milks buy them again.

 

Plant-based milk is the most developed of all the plant-based food categories. And within it, oat milk is the fastest growing beverage.

 

Consumers seem to be growing fonder of oat milk, which, according to our study, is only second to almond milk when it comes to U.S. consumer preference for plant-based milk.

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What’s driving the plant-based milk trend?

In a recent Novozymes survey, 58% of respondents said they choose plant milk for health reasons, and it’s expected that health and wellness will play a role in growing this segment over the next few years.

 

Sustainability and the rise of the flexitarian is another driver. According to Plant-Based News, more than half of Americans aged 25-39 consider themselves flexitarian. Oat milk is the perfect choice for the environmentally conscious flexitarian since it’s one of the most sustainable dairy alternatives compared to other alternatives like almond or coconut.

 

A perhaps surprising driver for the plant-based milk trend is storage. With the looming possibility for potential future lockdowns, consumers are buying more food in bulk, and plant-based milk is easy to store since it doesn’t require a refrigerator and can be kept for long before consuming.

Achieve excellent texture in oat milk

Oats are a rewarding substrate to work with when you’re developing plant-based milk alternatives. But one key factor for oat-based beverages is to get texture right and make sure that mouthfeel is spot-on.

Novozymes BAN® helps you efficiently achieve the ideal viscosity, so you get a mouthfeel that resonates with your consumers – plus, it can help adjust your oat milk's sweetness profile too.

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Interested in working with us in other grain-based milks?

When you work with Novozymes, you get not only the sustainable biosolutions that can help you differentiate your brand in the market. You also get a partner who’s an expert on enzymes and grains-based milk production.

So whether you’re looking to join the movement or optimize your existing production, we’re here to help and guide you through the process.

We’re also up for an informal, no-strings-attached-chat if you have any questions about grain-based milk production or our biosolutions.

  • Get expert advice and support from raw material selection to final end-product
  • Create the sensory profile your consumers are wanting
  • Improve nutritional value of your grain-based milk
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Learn how to produce oat milk from scratch with our oat 360 toolbox

Interested in tapping into the booming oat drink trend? Then here’s a brief overview of how you can start producing oat drinks from scratch.

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Learn how to bring your oat milk to the market

Tap into the non-dairy trend with a tempting oat drink. Here’s our guide to fast-to-market development.

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Why oat drinks are the next big thing

Find out how this non-dairy drink can help dairies reach new consumers

How do our solutions work?

Get our application sheet and learn how to reduce sugar, extract more nutrition and optimize your oat milk processing with our enzymatic solutions.

Meet Simon: our oat milk expert

Simon is one of our experts when it comes to oat milk production with enzymes, and he's been with us for almost 10 years working in dairy and plant-based applications. Before this, he worked in dairy manufacturing.

​As your expert, Simon can guide you through the grain-based milk process and help you find the best solutions for your unique production setup.

​Got any questions for Simon? Book a meeting below or contact us.

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Which solution is right for you?

Find the right food-grade solution for your oat-based dairy alternatives in our global oat toolbox.

To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.

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