New Zealand’s first purpose-built oat milk processing facility has won major backing from All Good. The proposed Makarewa-based plant has been seeded with $1m of capital from Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall’s investment firm K1W1 and Chief executive Justin Riley is now in the process of lining up more customers and investors such as All Good.
All Good, which currently sells Swedish-made and packaged oat milk, would be manufacturing domestically at the proposed facility while retaining its overseas operation for select export markets.
All Good co-founder Matt Morrison told Food Ticker they are committed to producing both from Sweden and the Southland plant (New Zealand Functional Foods).
“We see a future where there is oat milk close to the market, so we are continuing to produce in Sweden because we have an amazing partner there, and we have some very good international markets where we have been able to make quite strong in-roads.
“And we’re excited about the opportunity to produce oat milk in New Zealand – we see that as quite a strength.”
All Good saw its product take off in the New Zealand foodservice market in 2019, particularly its barista oat milk SKU, and is also now available in supermarkets and specialist retailers throughout New Zealand. The new plant would help All Good with market access and volume, and also support innovation in the oat milk sector.
Manufacturing domestically would also help mitigate international supply chain issues, as well as simplifying its transport emissions offsetting.
“Every transport movement with All Good through bananas and oat milk is fully offset, so producing close to market is crucial to the ethics of what we are trying to do.”
All Good currently exports to Dubai, Singapore and Australia. It is about to enter Abu Dhabi and is undertaking test in other Asian markets.