“I’ve compared Alpro to alternative oat milk brands and now there’s a new supermarket king.”

As trendy brands of oat milk continue to take supermarkets by storm, Berkshire Live reporter Hannah Roberts taste-tested cartons of Oatly, Alpro, and even Lidl’s own brand to see which is the best

Reporter Hannah Roberts tried a number of different oat milks to compare which is the best
Hannah Roberts tried a number of different oat milks to compare which was the best

Trendy milk alternatives have taken supermarkets by storm in recent years.

Oatly and Alpro, to name a few, have done a good job in their quest to bring the world a plant-based alternative, even offering Barista Oatmilk and Chocolate Oatmilk.

On March 9 of this year, Oatly announced that it had revenue of $185.9 million for the full fiscal year 2021 — a 46.3% increase from $127.1 million for the same period last year.

Everyone loves oat milk – many Brits prefer it to traditional milk for their morning cereal and tea or coffee.

BerkshireLive Reporter Hannah Roberts hit the stores to see what oat milk she could find, and unsurprisingly, it was mostly the big brands.







This year, Oatly announced a massive $20 million increase in sales compared to the previous year
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I decided that it would be best to compare three major brand oat milk products with three own-brand dairy products. I have bought some cheaper own brand alternatives from Aldi and Lidl.

I ended up with Alpro unsweetened oat milk, Oatly Barista oat milk, Moma whole unsweetened milk, Aldi own brand oat milk, Lidl own brand unsweetened oat milk and Lidl barista style oat milk.

The prices of the milk vary depending on which supermarket you buy it from. Oatly Barista can range from £1.65 to £1.80, while Alpro unsweetened oat milk can range from £1.25 to £2. Moma unsweetened whole milk can cost £1.35 to £1.85.

Meanwhile, Aldi and Lidl’s own-brand oat milk costs 89p a liter and Lidl’s Barista range is slightly higher at around £1. Of course there’s a pretty big cost discrepancy so I wanted to see if paying an extra 30p to £1 for some milk is worth it.

My mission was to find out which is the tastiest and also the cheapest. I decided to test them all individually and then try my two favorites in a cup of coffee like I usually drink my oat milk.

How did the oat milk taste?

Alpro – Alpro’s oat milk tasted ok but lacked flavor and was quite runny in consistency.

Oatly – The Oatly Barista milk tasted pretty good and was nice and thick with a bit of body.

Mummy – The moma oat milk was really good and tasted like it could be barista style milk as it was relatively thick and rich in flavor. It had a slightly different almost nutty taste compared to the other milks. Although I’m pretty sure it doesn’t contain any nuts.







Hannah said Lidl’s offering tasted the best
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Aldi – I liked the Aldi milk the least as it was quite runny and tasted a bit like skimmed cow’s milk. It lacked flavor and had the least amount of sweetness.

Lidl – The Lidl oat milk was pretty good. It could have been thicker but had a nice smooth flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness.

Lidl barista – This oat milk was amazing. It was really thick and had a really rich and deep flavor. I can imagine it being good for everyone who likes to froth milk when making coffee.

Which oat milk is best?

Overall the Lidl Barista oat milk was definitely the best and considering the cost it beat the rest by miles. But the unsweetened Moma whole milk and normal Lidl milk were also great and scored highly.

I was surprised that the Lidl Barista Oat Milk outshone the rest, but it goes to show that expensive products don’t always equal better. There are always great private label alternatives for those who need them.

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