COMING UP | Our Global Trend Events 🌎

August — October

Bangkok, Amsterdam, New York

Join us

Mililk introduces sheets of oat milk that just need water and 30 seconds in a blender

Can milk be flattened? Yes, says new German brand Mililk, which will soon start shipping its first product: a barista-friendly oat milk that's been 2D printed into sheets. Sleek enough to slide through a mail slot, Mililk's sheets drastically reduce packaging weight and material (a carton of plant-based milk can contain up to 97% water).

One sheet makes 250 ml of milk, but customers can also tear off a piece if they require less. All they need to do is add water and blend for 30 seconds to create 'fresh' milk for a cappuccino or bowl of muesli. In addition to oat powder, the sheets contain a bit of water, coconut oil, chickpea isolate, salt, vanillin and gellan gum — ingredients added to create a creamier texture and help the milk foam up.

Mililk is owned by German plant-based food group Veganz, which plans to 2D print other foods and beverages in the future. Mililk's oat milk barista sheets can be pre-ordered at a discount now for delivery in mid-August 2023; regular pricing is EUR 17.99 for enough sheets to make 10 liters. The brand is still testing shelf-life but expects it to be between 12 and 24 months.

Trend Bite

Like the powdered oat milk we covered before, Mililk's novel product is designed to have a low environmental footprint — a factor that increasingly weighs into consumers' purchasing decisions. Taking water out of the equation eliminates a massive amount of transportation emissions, from factories to distribution centers to stores to homes. It also saves mountains of cartons and TetraPaks and can help reduce food waste since people blend as much as they need. Not to mention the convenience of 10 liters fitting into an envelope and taking up minimal space in kitchen cabinets.

Blending sustainability with convenience while delivering on expectations set by familiar products, dissolvables are steadily becoming part of the FMCG landscape, from indie innovations like Plink's fizzy drinks and MONO's skincare to major brands like Persil and Unilever-owned Robijn now selling laundry detergent sheets. Which products could your brand flatten or otherwise leave H2O out of?

Innovation of the day