The Cambridgeshire business specialises in growing and milling gluten free oats, supplied as flaked oats, oat flour, granolas, muesli and other ingredients to a wide range of food manufacturers. Run by brother and sister team Philip and Rebecca Rayner, it also produces a range of products under its own brand name.
Sustainability and the environment are at the heart of Glebe Farm’s business. All its oats are grown locally, the milk is produced entirely on site in a production facility that is powered by solar panels and biomass generators.
‘Our responsibility to minimise environment impact’
“As food growers and manufacturers, we recognise our responsibility to minimise the environmental impact of our operations, and this report highlights the unique benefits our British farm can offer to the growing UK plant-based drinks market,” said Philip Rayner.
The report – commissioned through independent consultancy NFU Energy – found that just 0.29kg of CO2 equivalent is emitted on average per litre of PureOaty produced, lower than any other oat drink currently reporting comparable figures in the UK.
“As we grow and mill our own oats locally, Glebe Farm keeps food miles to an absolute minimum,” added Rayner.
“What’s more, our control over the oat supply means we can make use of byproducts such as the inedible oat chaff for powering production facilities. This means less waste and greater efficiency in these areas than other oat milk manufacturer could achieve.
“As farmers, we care deeply about the environmental burden of food production because we experience firsthand the changing weather patterns over the years.
“By growing, milling and ‘milking’ our own oats right here in the UK, Glebe Farm can offer an oat drink with lower CO2 emissions than any of its competitors.”