Oatly - Oat-Milk Drink Original - 64 fl. oz. (2 qt. / 1892 mL)
Oatly Original Oat Milk Drink is 100% cool with vegans. It's made fresh from 100% gluten-free oats and enriched with calcium. It has amazing beta-glucans (big, scientific word for soluble fiber from oats), no added sugar and is naturally low in saturated fat. Here's the bomb. Wherever and whenever you would find yourself drinking cow's milk or pouring it in coffee or using it in a recipe 'back in the day", you can use Oatmilk today. It's a one for one swap.
The glutabacons, sorry make that beta-glucans. Why is that word so difficult? Anyway the difficult word is just a science-y name for the soluble fiber in oats. And since beta-glucans are naturally in oats, they made sure they're naturally in their oatmilks. They don't add sugar (they thought that was worth repeating) but they do add some vitamins like A, D, riboflavin, B12 and calcium to keep things modern and cool for everyone--especially their vegan and vegetarian friends living rad plant-based lives.
What Might Be Less Amazing
The liquid oats in this product are produced in Canada and then sent to the US for packaging. The reason for this is that they are a small company with really high standards. When they look for partners that can handle their production and packaging needs, besides sustainability, the most important factor is that they can guarantee a safe and delicious product. Oatly's partner in Canada does all of the above brilliantly.
Oatly Frequently Asked Questions
Palm oil in their products
Palm oil is an ingredient in five of their products that require a saturated, vegetable fat. Oatly use only certified traceable palm oil and work actively with their supplier to ensure that the palm oil is sustainably produced. Many consumers are aware and concerned about the challenges involved in palm oil production. Oatly would like to share their view on palm oil and what actions they are taking in order to ensure long-term and sustainable production. Oatly strongly oppose the deforestation and exploitation that occur in the production of palm oil. In addition to being a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) their supplier also cooperates with Proforest. The purpose of the collaboration is to ensure mill traceability and monitor high risk areas to avoid uncontrollable fires.
The oil palm is extremely productive and is thereby a crop of global importance. In order to feed a growing population, they will have to utilise high yielding crops but focus on long-term sustainability. To swap palm oil for another vegetable based oil, such as coconut oil, might in fact cause new problems. Therefore, they don't believe that boycotting palm oil is the solution. If all the food producers around the world who are aware of the palm oil issues were to stop using certified palm oil, all efforts to build sustainable production would end. What wouldn't end is the irresponsible production of palm oil. Neither organisations such as WWF and Greenpeace believe that a boycott of palm oil is the solution.
Products with palm oil
Oatly use palm oil in the Vanilla Custard, Creamy Oat Organic, Creamy Oat Fraiche, påMackan and in their ice cream. The palm oil makes a very good replacement for animal fat in products that require a saturated fat. Oatly choose a certification based on the best available option for each product. Oatly use certified palm oil that is produced without deforestation or destruction of peatlands and kept apart from non-certified palm oil throughout the supply chain. In their conventional products there is segregated palm oil and they use identity preserved oil in their organic product.
Palm oil is certified to four verifications provided by RSPO. Oatly use the top two certifications.
- Identity Preserved (IP)
Certified palm oil, grown isolated from all other oil palm sources and identifiable to the plantation.
- Segregated (SG)
Certified palm oil, kept apart from non-certified palm oil. Traceable back to the mill where oil from certified plantations is mixed.
- Mass Balance (MB)
Certified and non-certified palm oil is mixed and not traceable.
- Book & Claim (B&C)
The Green Palm Certificate is available for manufacturers to purchase, from an RSPO-certified grower, in order to support the production of certified palm oil. The actual oil purchased is non-certified.
Oatly are a very small purchaser of palm oil, but with their commitment they believe that they can have a positive influence on sustainably produced palm oil. Oatly set the standards and work closely with their supplier to push the process forward. RSPO is being criticized for their slow process and failure to audit companies. In addition to the RSPO membership and commitment, their supplier (AAK) have initiated a cooperation with Proforest. The cooperation involves:
- Secure traceability to palm oil mills, enabling AAK to identify the origin of all raw materials
- Monitoring high risk areas via remote sensing and alert systems
- Mapping areas where fires have occurred to take precautions and identify deficiencies
What are the challenges with the RSPO certification?
Fire and deforestation of the rain forest is a serious problem caused by the expansion of palm oil plantations. The RSPO standard does not allow fires within certified plantations, except for in certain controlled conditions. RSPO continuously monitor signals that indicate fires in certified forest areas to minimize damage. In order to ensure the efforts are implemented, certified growers must report on a monthly basis suspected fires, ground controls as well as measures taken. Oatly are aware that the RSPO certification is not enough. Additional efforts are needed to improve work on certification, traceability and keeping the issue alive with their supplier. However, the RSPO certification is still the prime option enabling social and environmental organizations to influence and improve current conditions. Oatly want to take responsibility as a producer and push for a sustainable production of palm oil. Oatly believe that they can do the most good by purchasing certified palm oil, continue to work with their supplier and use the membership in the RSPO to voice their opinions, and support further actions taken as for example the cooperation with Proforest.
How are your oats fertilized?
Everything they make is vegan. And everything they do champions plant-based consumption and sustainable production, not just for the sake of people's health but also for the future of their planet and the well-being of coming generations.
When it comes to oat farming, their Swedish oat suppliers are fully compliant with the rules for conventional and organic farming. For conventional farming, both artificial fertilisers and manure are common practice.
Oatly's organically farmed oats are KRAV certified — the most ambitious third-party organic certification in Sweden. Organic farming aims to create a closed-circuit based on nutrient recycling, so manure and residue from animals (such as bone meal) are approved as organic fertilisers. Artificial fertilisers are forbidden in organic farming.
All Oatly products meet the criteria for vegan labelling according to both The Vegan Society and Animal Rights in Sweden. They are 100% vegan and contain no traces of animal products.
To get even smarter around all of this, they've engaged in several research projects on sustainable production and consumption. And have financed a research study on sustainable farming conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences that examines, among other things, the use of green fertilisers.
Everyone at Oatly imagines a future food system with the lowest possible environmental impact. And that demands a major shift from an animal based agricultural system to a much more sustainable plant-based one.
Oatly think their vegan products made from oats is a part of that change. Hope you enjoy them. And thanks for listening.
Here is what they mean when they say It's Swe-dish!
Everything they make, they make on Swedish oats. If you are wondering what makes Swedish oats so special, the answer is very simple. They grow strong and tall in the Nordic climate, which is a crazy mix of long sunny days (and nights in the summer) mixed with short periods of intense rain. Moreover, many of the nasty pesticides that are used on oats in the rest of Europe are totally forbidden in Sweden. And the minimal traces of heavy metals that you find in regular Swedish oats are not significantly greater than those found in organic Swedish oats and fall well below what is considered to be safe for consumption. And this makes Swedish oats rather unique.
Now some of you might have noticed that it says It's Swedish! on the front of their packages and then you turn them around and it says they are produced in Germany. That's weird, isn't it? The truth is that 2 of their products are actually packaged (not produced) in northern Germany because the packaging facilities there are among the safest in the world. Oatly's fraiche is packaged in Finland for exactly the same reason. All of this is pretty logical if you think about it, after all they are a small Swedish company with a large international fan base.
Do Oatly's products contain gluten?
Because they place special demands on the cleanliness of their raw oats, they are able to guarantee that Oatly products contain less than 100 ppm (mg/kg product) gluten from wheat, rye and barley. This is comparable to products that may be labeled “Very low gluten” and which are allowed to contain max 100 ppm gluten. Oatly guarantee the same limits for all of the products in their range. Products that are labeled “gluten-free” may not contain more than 20 ppm gluten, and the gluten content in Oatly's products is not this low.
US: Oatly's products in the US are made from certified gluten-free oats and are labeled gluten-free.
Oatly's guidelines for purchasing
Oatly have chosen to be a transparent food company. Amongst other things, this means that their website shows where their ingredients come from. Oatly purchase products from companies who comply with their requirements in areas such as quality, price and delivery performance. Oatly's procedures and purchasing policy comply with the recommendations of the UN and the Swedish government regarding business relationships with other countries. Oatly consider issues such as how they can create a better environment, how they can reduce the environmental impact of the food industry and how they can improve people's health by reducing animal-based food intake.
Everything they make, they make on Swedish oats. If you are wondering what makes Swedish oats so special, the answer is very simple. They grow strong and tall in the Nordic climate, which is a crazy mix of long sunny days (in the summer) mixed with short periods of intense rain. Moreover, many of the nasty pesticides that are used on oats in the rest of Europe are totally forbidden in Sweden. And the minimal traces of heavy metals that you find in regular Swedish oats are not significantly greater than those found in organic Swedish oats and fall well below what is considered to be safe for consumption. And this makes Swedish oats rather unique.
The Oatly Way
The original idea behind Oatly was to find a way to make a nutritious liquid product for people who just didn't like cow's milk or were unwilling to use it for personal reasons. Today, the concept of producing a drink directly from oats instead of first feeding oats to a cow and letting the cow process them into milk is an option but back when they started in the 1990s most people thought they were totally crazy. That's okay, they are happy to be right where they are now making quality products based on oats for you to enjoy. Thank you very much.
Oatly promise to be a good company
- Oatly are not a perfect company, not even close, but their intentions are true. Oatly would like to be judged by the good they do and not just the pretty words they say.
- Oatly's goal is to always deliver products that have maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact.
- Oatly believe they should eat stuff that they can grow instead of growing stuff to feed animals and then eat them.
- No GMOs. One more time. No GMOs.
- Oatly promise to be a good company which means that their drive to help people upgrade their lives always comes before the reckless pursuit of profit.
- Oatly strive to produce the cleanest, most responsible products on the market and are continually looking for better ways to make their products even better. Got some ideas? Send them here.
- Oatly hope to make the food industry a more honest place by declaring to be totally transparent in everything they do.
Oatly don't know anything about almonds or soy or cows. All they know is oats. How to grow them, harvest them and turn them into refreshing products that you can take home and treat your body to.
It was their original idea in the early 1990s to create a plant-based drink that was in tune with the needs of both humans and the planet and it is their idea to continue to make the best, most amazing liquid oats that you will find anywhere. Hope you are okay with that.
Oatly know how it sounds. Tall, blond, beautiful, hard to get, extremely liberal with no sense of attachment or responsibility whatsoever. Sorry to disappoint you, that's just not them. Oatly are the other Swede – somewhat boring, super practical, painfully honest, notoriously hardworking and independent not because they don't want to be social but merely because they want to have the right to say what they think and do what they think is right. If they wanted to be one of those gigantic food corporations or have some old man behind a wooden desk in a tall building make decisions for them, they would all quit their jobs and go work for an old man behind a wooden desk in a tall building making gigantic food company decisions for them. Don't hold your breath.