Guests at the world’s biggest international oat conference seized the chance to sample AEGIC’s innovative oat products this week.
The Oat2022 International Oat Conference is being hosted for the first time in Perth between 10-13 October 2022. The Australian oat industry is taking centre stage as speakers and delegates converge from countries as far afield as Sweden, Chile, China, the USA, Austria, Canada and many others.
AEGIC’s oat “rice” dish was a hit with attendees, with taste-tests proving popular in between sessions on the latest global oat industry developments.
Developed by research scientists from AEGIC, the oat “rice” is prepared and eaten like traditional white rice, with the health benefits of oats.
The special Oat2022 vegetarian nasi goreng dish was prepared in the Crown Towers Perth kitchens using AEGIC’s processed oats.
The oat rice product is part of a suite of innovative foods developed at AEGIC, which also includes 100% whole grain oat noodles, bubble tea pearls, semolina products such as couscous and halwa, and sauces.
The oat noodle and oat rice products are currently undergoing a commercialisation process to bring them to market.
AEGIC Barley and Oat Quality Program Manager Jack King said Australian oats had a bright future, with international demand for food grade oats increasing.
“The compelling health narrative around oats means there are significant opportunities in Asia and around the world for high quality and nutritious products made from Australian oats,” he said.
“Introducing novel products like oat noodles and oat rice helps Asian consumers by making it easier to adopt healthy oats into their regular diet.
“Stimulating demand in what is a premium market segment will create new value for Australian growers.”
AEGIC will also host a special oat product sensory tasting session on Friday 14 October at its Perth laboratories.
This AEGIC project is supported by investment from the Western Australian Government as part of its commitment to investing in the WA oats industry.
The Oat2022 International Oat Conference is organised by the Grain Industry Association of WA.
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AEGIC is an investment of Australian grain growers and the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).