Making local oat drink manufacturing possible
As the above figures show, it is possible to locally manufacture oat-based milk analogs in all these regions. So a reason for the high import rates in emerging markets may be the challenges involved in oat drink production. Moving into the segment can be complex, but with the right advice and processing aids it is possible. Watch our guide to producing oat drinks from scratch to learn more.
Importing oat flour: a sustainability win
Locally-sourced oats are a great option from a sustainability viewpoint. But in markets where oats aren’t grown locally, importing oat flour is a far more sustainable approach than importing the final oat drink product, as shown below. These figures show the impact per person per year. There is potential for very significant CO2 savings if these impacts could be replicated across markets where most oat drinks are imported, rather than made locally.