This new creamy vegan liqueur is made from oats
Finnish gin company this summer Arctic blue drinks will launch Arctic Blue Oat – the world’s first vegan oat-based gin liqueur. Arctic Blue Oat was founded under the leadership of Tuomas Kukkonen, board member of Artic Blue and former CEO of oat producer Kaslink Oy. The vegan drink is made from organic and gluten-free Finnish oats and has a lower carbon footprint than conventional creamy liqueurs made from dairy products. The company developed the oat-based vegan drink to capitalize on the growing global dairy alternative market, which has doubled from EUR 10 billion (USD 12 billion) to EUR 20 billion (USD 24 billion) in the past five years Has.
“Until now, oats have mainly been used in dairy alternatives,” said Valtteri Eroma, CEO of Arctic Blue Beverages. “We found that oats are also an excellent base for an alcohol product.” While Arctic Blue Oat will initially debut in Finland, the company intends to gradually expand its distribution to other parts of the world in 2021.
Arctic Blue’s oat infused gin is the newest creamy alcoholic beverage on the market. In May 2016, Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur was launched as a dairy-free alternative to Irish Baileys cream and was enthusiastically received by the vegan community. While the brand had no original intention of launching a vegan product, the support of those interested in a cruelty-free Irish cream drink prompted Baileys to investigate the formulation of Almande – where the company discovered the presence of beeswax. Baileys reformulated the creamy beeswax-free drink and received vegan certification for Almande in January 2017, which is now available in several countries including the US and UK.
In 2018, UK-based entrepreneur Peter Smith developed his own Baileys-inspired vegan creamy liqueur in two flavors, Besos de Oro and Besos de Chocolate, under his Besos brand. This liquor contains brandy with tiger nut milk and is currently sold in the UK and Australia.