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Chilled vs 'non-Chilled' oat drinks

Can you please outline the differences between the Chilled oat drinks vs the ambient/original oat drink? Is it just the 'acidity regulator' for hot drinks?
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  • Hi Simon,

    Thank you for your question, it's super to you're wanting to know more about our products.

    The long-life range consists of our oat drink organic (0.5 g fat per 100 ml), oat drink original (1.5 g fat per 100 ml), and oat drink barista (2.8 g fat per 100 ml). These products also differ in consistency based on their fat percentage. One thing to note with our long-life range is that only the oat drink barista contains our acidity regulator, which means it is the only one that works well in tea and coffee. The other two products are prone to splitting. The long-life range will be found in the non-refrigerated section of the supermarket and can be stored in a cool, dry place before being opened, at which point they must be stored in the fridge.

    The chilled range consists of our oat drink skinny (0.5 g fat per 100 ml), oat drink semi (1.5 g fat per 100 ml), and oat drink whole (3 g fat per 100 ml). The higher the amount of fat the more creamy the consistency. We now also have a new product in our chilled range, an organic chilled oat drink (1.5 g fat per 100ml). All of these products contain our acidity regulator (except the organic, due to EU organic product legislation) which means they will not split in tea or coffee. Our chilled range are our fresh products that come in a slightly different style of carton with a gable top, the long life cartons are flatter and have an inner layer, plus a ring pull seal that means they are able to keep fresh for up to a year.

    I hope this answers your question, please let me know if I can help with anything further.

    All the best,

  • Hi

    Do your oatly organic original cartons have an inner seal?- Mine doesn't have- just the outer screw cap;  Is this normal and hence safe to drink?.
  • Glad to find this, my exact question, however how does it stay fresh for 1 year, is it radiated at vey high temperature like UHT milk?

    Also mentioned different packaging, what is the exact difference in the lining of the cartons?

    Why is there a difference in cost between the 2 types?

    Which is preferable purely from health perspective?

  • Hi Rach and Mickey,

    Thank you for reaching out and my sincerest apologies for our delayed response.

    To answer your question, Rach, we've recently launched a chilled Organic oat drink too (along with our ambient Organic oat drink) and our chilled version does not contain an inner seal and contains more added fat. If this is the version that you have, then it would need to be refrigerated both before and after opening.

    Mickey - our ambient (long-life) cartons are able to stay fresh if left unopened at room temperature for a year due to their packaging. These products are packed in a special carton using a method, whereby the oat drink is heat processed and packaged aseptically, which means that no bacteria can access the product and destroy it - it becomes like a tin can.

    For our aseptic (long-life) packaging, the packaging has an inner seal and its layers consist of cardboard, aluminium and plastic film. Our chilled oat drinks are not filled in the same way and the packaging does not have the different layers (only cardboard and plastic), which means it must be refrigerated.

    Our Original and Organic ambient oat drinks tend to cost the same price, while our Barista (ambient) and chilled range tend to cost around 30p more. This is due to the fact that the Barista and chilled range (except for our Chilled Organic) contain an added acidity regulator which makes them work well in hot drinks, while our Organic ambient Original and Organic don't tend contain this ingredient. Our chilled Organic tends to cost more as it contains both added organic rapeseed oil which our ambient Organic does not.

    From a health perspective, it really depends on what you're looking for. For example, if you're after a higher amount of fat, whether you'd like your products to be enriched with vitamins, or if you'd prefer the product to be purely organic. If you have any preferences, please let us know and we'll do our best to recommend one that sounds the best to you.

    I hope that helps, and if you have any other questions please let us know.

    All the best,

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