Oatly, the world’s original and largest oat drink company, will locate its next North American production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The project is expected to create more than 100 jobs once completed in 2023.
The 280,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing center, located at 7550 Oak Grove Road, comes as the oatmilk category more than doubled in the U.S. in 2020 from the prior year according to Nielsen, fueling demand for Oatly’s products to outpace current supply.
“Every time someone decides to take their coffee with oatmilk or have an Oatgurt for their afternoon snack, we believe they’re making a choice that’s healthier for them and the planet. And more and more people are making those choices every day,” said Oatly President North America Mike Messersmith. “We’re excited to break ground on this factory in Fort Worth, which we believe will allow us to meet the growing demand for Oatly’s products and grow our positive impact on the planet.”
Oatly’s Fort Worth facility will produce an estimated 150 million liters of oatmilk annually and will have the largest footprint of the company’s three North American facilities. The new factory is the third production facility for the company in North America, joining its facilities in Millville, New Jersey and Ogden, Utah. The facility will be one of nine facilities around the world the company will open by 2023, as it expands to further its mission of growing the plant-based movement and shifting the food system toward one that’s built for planetary and human health.
“We are thrilled to welcome Oatly, an established, global brand to Fort Worth,” said Chris Strayer, Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “Our central U.S. location, affordable land with room to grow, and skilled manufacturing workforce will be an excellent home for Oatly.”
The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce worked closely with Oatly and the City of Fort Worth throughout the entire development process. Brian Corde and Ann Petersen from Atlas Insight LLC, a site selection firm based in Freehold, New Jersey helped Oatly arrive at this strategic location decision based on key sustainability, workforce and geographic criteria.