In 2020 – OptiCept and Cerealiqs initiated the work, developing a solution to use the CEPT technology to improve the manufacturing process and characteristics of oat milk. This resulted in a joint patent application. A unique innovation within the area of oat milk.
Fast forward a year, OptiCept added the global consultant firm AFRY as a partner to strengthen the development and innovation process.
In early September we conducted the first tests and an industrial evaluation for the treatment of oat milk. Using the juiceCEPT® application for treating plant-based milk.
The goal of the evaluation was to develop properties in oat milk, such as improved quality, foamability and reduce the need for added enzymes.
A cleaner product with good foamability with dense foam and stable properties has thus been demonstrated – that, without any need for the addition of extra enyzmes.
The test results also show that OptiCept’s treatment increased the number of proteins and health-beneficial fibers in the form of beta-glucans.
Further tests to refine the application and optimize the integration process of OptiCept’s technology are scheduled for early next year.
The finished product for full-scale launch to the market is expected to be completed by the completion of CEPT7, a next-generation CEPT® generator during the first quarter of 2022.
As previously communicated, OptiCept has, together with the global engineering and design company AFRY, entered into a collaboration to jointly develop and evaluate systems for future food production, where AFRY will be a global partner for the implementation and integration of OptiCept Technologies systems and technology. The now-completed industrial evaluation of oat milk was the first step in the collaboration between OptiCept, Cerealiq, and AFRY.
“Our technology and application in plant-based beverages have shown good results and we see a very large potential. Together with our partners, we are well on our way to developing the next generation of technology for the production of oat milk (or plant-based beverages). Our ambition to obtain a cleaner and healthier product has thus taken a major step forward through the industrially conducted test. In addition to qualitative benefits, we also see opportunities for improved process efficiency at a lower cost, ” says Johan Möllerström, CEO of OptiCept Technologies.
Unlike other plant-based kinds of milk, oat doesn’t have the same long history. Its creation is in fact credited to a Swedish scientist, Rickard Öste, who went on to form Oatly.
Oatly has been leading the way in recent years, showing a three-fold increase in worldwide sales. Nowadays, also a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange.
During 2020, oat milk sales in the United States alone increased to $213 million. Making it the second most consumed plant-based milk after almond milk.
The market is in a state of strong growth – the reason why could be explained by consumer analysis.
This indicates that the dairy-like taste, health perception, and environmental sustainability, are the main reasons for its growing popularity.
The prognosis for the market is $995 million USD by 2027.
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