New Zealand’s first plant-based milk factory will soon be built in the country’s Southland region. NZ Functional Foods Ltd., a new company, created by regional development agency Great South plans to build a carbon-neutral plant-based food processing factory to produce products using the country’s viable plant crops, oats, hemp, and peas. The first product made will be oat milk. Great South has been working on alternative ways to support the area’s economy. Oats grown for the country’s first homegrown oat milk brand, Otis Oat Milk, are grown and milled in the region and then sent to a factory in Sweden to be turned into milk before being returned to New Zealand.
Great South hopes that creating the oat sector will produce affordable and lasting land-use alternatives for Southland farmers, even more jobs, and diversify the Southland economic situation. The NZ Useful Foods firm is presently trying to find interested investors.
“Great South has been working with the capacity of oats as a product for a long time, to support the diversity of the Southland economy,” Great South chairman Ian Collie claimed. “We are excited concerning the potential that this job represents for capitalists, potential providers, as well as ultimately a rapidly expanding residential as well as global client base.”
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