Unigrain has announced it will build a new oat milk facility at its oat cereal and pulse ingredient production site in Smeaton, Victoria.

The facility will produce a fresh oat milk base, produced through the enzymatic treatment of oat flour, and supporting the production of over 50 million litres of oat milk per year.

It will be the first in Australia to fully integrate oat processing and oat milk base production, creating what Unigrain refers to as “the most efficient, scalable and sustainable supply chain in the region.”

Construction of the facility is set to commence in late 2022 with full scale production to be underway in 2023.

Co-CEO Andrew May said “There is great potential for Australia to produce high quality oat milk from locally grown oats, particularly in an environment where sustainability and provenance are becoming increasingly valued by consumers. Our investment continues our commitment and strategy to drive access to high quality, nutritious and locally grown plant based ingredients.”

“Coupled with the current construction of our pulse protein facility at Smeaton, our confidence in the long term trend towards the consumption of both plant based foods and beverages remains very strong,” added fellow co-CEO, Fiona May.

Unigrain is an Australian producer of plant-based food and beverage ingredients, including oat cereal, pulse flours and animal nutrition products.

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