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Oatly unveils plan for new UK factory
Oatly, the original Swedish oat drink company, has announced plans for its first UK factory, located in Peterborough. The new factory will provide an end-to-end solution for Oatly and is expected to supply the local area with at least 200 new jobs.
Anticipated to launch in Q1 2023, 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.
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.
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. 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.”