Oatly, is currently constructing it’s first UK factory in Peterborough, one of the largest of its type in the world.
The new factory will provide an end-to-end solution for Oatly with oats sourced from across the UK and it’s expected to supply the local area with at least 200 new jobs.
With building well under way and sustainability at the heart of the planning process, the anticipated grand opening will be in Q1 2023.
Oatly say it is working to ensure the new factory brings value to people and the planet without recklessly taxing the planet’s resources. The new factory will continue Oatly’s drive to create a systemic shift in society and the food system towards plant-based.
The UK factory is part of the wider initiative from Oatly to build factories fit for the future, with efficient use of resources and minimal negative impact on the planet. With an ambition of continuous improvement in all areas, Oatly is aiming to use 100% renewable energy, and decrease its energy consumption, water consumption and waste by 75% each at the factory, by 2029 compared to Oatly’s environmental footprint in 2019.
The new factory will be able to produce 300 million litres of oat drink per year at launch, with the capacity to grow to 450 million litres – making it one of the largest plant-based dairy factories in the world. This means plant-based dairy will be more accessible for people to switch to, helping them to reduce their climate impact. For example, according to climate footprint data, Oatly Barista Edition sold in the UK generates about 70% less CO2e than British cow’s milk.
Oats will be sourced locally across the UK and the factory will supply the UK market. The Health and safety of workers will also be placed at the forefront. The company say all policies will adhere to Oatly’s global standards to ensure people feel safe, valued and empowered whilst working to help protect the planet.
Ishen Paran, General Manager at Oatly UK said:
“Questions about a potential UK factory have been circulating for a while, and we’re really excited to finally announce the news of its arrival in 2023. The UK is a really important driver of the global plant-based movement, with a growing demand for Oatly across the country, and we’re excited to supply this increased demand.”
Johan Rabe, Chief Supply Chain Officer added:
“We look forward to supplying the UK with more oat drink – we’re even more excited to do it in a sustainable way. Like everything we do at Oatly, we’ve ensured that sustainability is core to our factory planning. Everything, from the sourcing of our oats, to the production of our product range specifically designed for humans, has sustainability at the heart of it. Even as we strive to grow one of the biggest plant-based dairy factories to its full capacity, this will still be our top priority”.
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