Wait, so what is oatmilk anyway?
Oatly oatmilk is a vegan, plant-based milk alternative made from gluten-free oats. It’s pretty simple really. Our oat base is just oats and water. But it’s what we do with those oats and that water that makes Oatly so special. What a perfect segue…
This is how we make our oatmilk:
Pardon us if we use technical language for a moment, but we are enthusiastic about our unique manufacturing process, which was invented about 25 years ago at a famous university in Sweden by Oatly’s founder, Rickard Oste. He wanted to create a nutritious, delicious drink for people who couldn’t have dairy or who just didn’t like it, while using a primary ingredient that didn't overly tax our environment. And a pretty well-known grain called oats did the trick. Thanks to Rickard’s now patented process, we can keep the loose oat fiber (the beta-glucans, as you may know) in all Oatly products — we are proud to say with our heads held high.
During the first stage of the process, we mix oats with water and mill the soft mixture in our milling room.
In the enzyming tanks, we add natural enzymes that break the oat starch down into smaller components.
During the separation, we remove bran, that is to say, the loose shells from the oats. That leaves the loose fiber, the beta-glucans. Now we have our oat base, an excellent source of nutrition. It contains macronutrients from the oats, in other words, protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Every product Oatly makes has the same amazing oat base and our various recipes make each product unique. For example, we add sea salt, vitamins and calcium when we make our Low-Fat Oatmilk. Or cocoa powder, rapeseed oil, sea salt, vitamins and calcium when we make Chocolate Oatmilk. You get the idea. We’re proud that all the ingredients we use are vegan and gluten free.
We heat-treat the products prior to packaging – with UHT or pasteurization – to extend the shelf life.
Once the product has been heat-treated, we collect it in the sterile tank before we send it along for packaging.
Some of our products wind up in small packages, others in large packages. When we fill liter size packages, our machines have the capacity to produce 7,500 – 8,000 packages per hour.