Oat-based savoury snacks with protein boost
Purpose and goal
There is a great demand for healthy and wholesome snacks, based on oats. Oats are no longer just food on the breakfast table, oats are also tasty, healthy, crispy snacks that can be eaten the whole day. We have shown that oatmeal can replace other grains like maize or rice, with good taste and texture. 5 natural and 5 savoured snacks were exhibited at the International Snackex Fair in Vienna in June 2017 - with a huge response. Our booth had plenty of visitors all the time. So hopefully there are oat snacks to buy for consumers already 2018, or earlier.
Expected results and effects
About 30 companies in Europe have shown great interest to produce and launch oat based snacks. These companies are now being targeted and if necessary, connected with extruders to enable large-scale production. We have an established partner who can extrude 800 kg per hour and can help fulfil these prospects.
Planned approach and implementation
The timeline for the project was rather tight, because the project had a deadline with the Snackex show in June. With thorough planning and high commitment, the performance and the results were much higher than expected. An important experience was to learn how our different types of oat flours work in an extrusion process and how to manage the problems encountered. The advantage of this project was that all the tests and production took place in a pilot plant, which can make small batches. Also the exhibition at the Snackex show went above expectations, with a huge response from the visitors.