The factory was expected to open in the first quarter of 2023
Dairy alternative brand Oatly has announced plans to open its first UK factory in Peterborough in the first quarter of 2023, providing at least 200 new jobs.
Oats will be sourced locally across the UK and the factory will supply the UK market.
They also placed an emphasis on sustainability.
Oatly added it believed the new factory would continue its ‘drive to create a systemic shift in society and the food system towards plant-based’.
It was aiming to use 100 per cent renewable energy and decrease its energy consumption, water consumption and waste by 75 per cent 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.
It said it would help people reduce their climate impact by switching from dairy products, claiming CarbonCloud data showed its Oatly Barista Edition produced 70 per cent less CO2e than British cow’s milk
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 are 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.”