A COMPANY based in Western Australian is set to begin production of oat noodles and oat “rice” for the domestic and export markets.
Using manufacturing processes developed by Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre’s oat scientists, the product will be made from Australian oats, high in beta-glucan, and offering superior nutritional benefits.
AEGIC has partnered with WA-based company My PlantCo to take the products to market to help move oats beyond the breakfast table to becoming an option for lunch, dinner and snacks.
The products will be manufactured in WA and marketed through My PlantCo’s Real Oats subsidiary.
AEGIC executive general manager Courtney Draper said awareness of the compelling health benefits of oats was growing in Australia and across the world.
“Convenient and delicious products like oat noodles and oat rice are great for consumers because they make it so much easier to incorporate healthy whole grain oats into their diets,” Ms Draper said.
“This is a great development for growers and the WA oats industry because it will help to capture a greater share of growing international demand for oat products.”
Ms Draper said this was a great example of AEGIC using research and innovation to translate market insights into tangible outcomes for industry.
“This started when our analysis identified strong growth in demand for Australian oats.
“To capitalise on the opportunity, we invested in a dedicated oats laboratory to create innovative, value-added oat foods.
“A few years down the track, it’s fantastic to see the research come to fruition.”
AEGIC’s research was supported by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
AEGIC’s research into new oat products will continue under a new project, with further investment from the WA Government under the Processed Oats Partnership.
AEGIC is an initiative of the WA Government and Grains Australia.