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What do you do with the residues from the production of your oat drink?

Our aim is to be the most sustainable food company in the world. We believe that we can be a driving force in creating systematic change by leading through actions and not words. Therefore our focus is two-fold: promote sustainable food consumption and promote sustainable food production.

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that the key to this massive undertaking depends on reducing our intake of animal based food. The more plants we eat, the fewer animals that make it into our diet, the better off humanity will be - both in regard to our health and to the health of the planet. In regard to food production, we believe we are on the cusp of a major shift toward growing plants for the production of food rather than for the production of animal feed and that we have an important role to play in this development.

The process of producing food, even plant-based food, generates production residues because it is not always possible to use every part of the raw material and all of the nutrients in the end product. When we produce oat drink, a portion of the insoluble fibers are removed and the nutrients from the insoluble fibers are lost in the process. In order to ensure that these nutrients do not go to waste, we need to find a way that they can be used as nutrition.

At present, we have started to research two options - one involves turning our residues into food for human consumption and the other one is the possibility of having our own biogas plant at our facilities.
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  • why can't i buy oatly barista anywhere at the moment!
  • Hi Daivid,

    I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble finding us. We are currently experiencing some supply issues which we are working hard to get back to normal.

    In the mean time we have 3 new products which have launched in our chilled range, our Whole, Semi and Skinny Oat drinks. These are currently available in Waitrose, Ocado and Asda. Please see more information about them here These are also designed to work in hot drinks but differ in packaging and fat content to our barista edition.

    Until the barista is back in the safety of your home please do give one of these a try!
    Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for hanging in there with us!

    All the best,
  • Hello, is there any update on your research?  I am very sad to find out that your waste/byproducts were being sold to a local pig farm as I have been using your products since becoming vegan at the end of last year.  Are you still disposing of your residues in this way?
  • Hi Emma,

    The research is currently on going. How we handle our residue is a complicated issue and I completely understand your concern. However, while we are researching other options, we do believe the most sustainable option right now is for it to be used as animal feed.

    You can read a much more detailed statement about this on our website here. Please don't hesitate to continue this conversation with us. We would love to hear more of your thoughts about this. 

    All the best
  • Hi Oatly,
    Any update on the results of the research project into the use of your oat waste residues?
    I understand (from the 2018 sustainability report) that the project was due to be completed in January 2020 but I can’t seem to find any more information...
    Are you still selling oat residue as animal feed?
    Did the biogas idea prove a viable option?
    I’ve noticed loads of new Oatly products in the UK recently (yoghurt, cream, custard) are these the result of your efforts to find a use for the residue?
    Can you point me in the direction of all the latest details.
    Thanks ever so much!
  • Hi Fern,

    Thank you for reaching out.

    Unfortunately our latest statement is the latest update we have on this research project. We are still undertaking this research and are working hard on this to find other sustainable options for the oat residue.

    We're continuing to work towards the next steps of creating an oat-based food for human consumption from our residues and to build a biogas fuel plant at our Landskrona site in Sweden. While we're working on these projects, the residues are still being used as feed locally (and then are turned into biogas).

    Our new products haven't been a result from our efforts to find a use for the residue, but were instead made with the goal in mind of creating plant-based versions of products that would typically be found in the dairy aisle.

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

    All the best,
  • Hi, is there a way for rescue centres for animals can be given the bi product, instead of the animals being fed for consumption? Is there a means of applying for this from yourselves?
    Thank you for your time.
    Francesca Brock
  • Hi Francesca!

    We did indeed investigate rescue centers as an option, but there are none available near our oat factories that are able to handle such large amounts of residues. We've partnered up with a company specializing in handling food waste/residues the most sustainable way at each of our sites (animal feed, compost or biogas) while we're also investigating how/if we can turn the fiber residues into something yummy for humans. Huge potential!

    All the best,

  • Hi, just needing to clarify, is your oat milk gluten free?
  • Hey Susanne!

    Sorry for keeping you waiting on our response.

    While our products are low in gluten, we're afraid they aren't gluten-free as our current infrastructure is unable to handle the oats in a way that keeps them free from gluten.

    All the best,

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