Science and research are the driving forces behind dairy alternatives that have expanded from soy milk to include almond and oat and other dairy substitutes
The world’s largest oat milk company Oatly is building a new research and innovation centre at Lund University in Sweden expected be finished in 2023. The Science and Innovation Center will benefit from the academic environment at Lund University and build on Oatly’s oat expertise with scientists studying oats from biochemistry, biophysics, microstructure, nutritional traits and refinement perspectives.
With the expansion in its science and innovation capabilities, Oatly is strengthening its leadership in oat milk application and accelerates its mission to drive a societal shift towards plant-based foods. The company has spent the past 25 years working to deliver products that have “maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact.”
Oatly’s executive vice president food innovation Sofia Ehlde said the company is expanded its team with 30 new scientists in Lund. On its strong foundation in science, research and innovation, the company believes the new centre will improve its existing products as well as lead to new oat-based foods. Oatly’s portfolio includes several oats-based dairy alternatives including milk, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, spreads and on-the-go drinks.