Otis Oat M!lk has launched the first organic oat mi!k made with 100% organic New Zealand oats to hit supermarket shelves.
Made with just three ingredients – oats, water and salt – Otis’ The Organic One aims for a lighter touch on the land. Sourced from the heart of oat growing country in the South Island, The Organic One has been made with organic oats grown in Lilybank Station at the top of Lake Tekapo and Avalon Farms in West Otago.
While the ingredients list is simple, this organic innovation has been in development for a number of years while Otis overcame the challenges of growing the country’s first organic oats for mi!k production.
Co-founder Tim Ryan said the organic offering was intended to be part of the initial range. “We first set out on our product development journey back in 2018 with grand intentions of an organic milk being part of our core range, however those intentions were quickly scuppered as there were a number of constraints. We have worked closely with experienced organic oat farmers, Allan Richardson from Avalon Farms and Johnny Wheeler from Lilybank Station in the Mackenzie Country, to put organic oat seed in the ground for our first organic mi!k. Allan and Johnny really stepped up and helped educate us on ways in which we could viably grow light touch oat crops, that still yielded well and produced a full nutritious mi!k,” says Ryan.
Ryan says Otis completely redesigned their oat milk production process so it met international organic standards, to ensure their grain extraction process maintained maximum amounts of beta glucan, the healthy soluble fibre from the grain which in turns helps the body maintain stable cholesterol levels. “The result is a creamy oat mi!k with a clean mouth feel, made from nutritious organic oats, grown in step with nature and in some of the most picturesque farmland New Zealand has to offer.”
Otis Oat M!lk is available at select New World’s nationwide, organic grocers and online at www.otisoatmilk.co.nz