Bolivia will bring online the world’s first quinoa milk plant on Nov. 20, a factory largely funded by the European Union that will produce three flavors of this beverage. “It’s the world’s only quinoa milk plant to date, Oscar Alcaraz, director of the Pro Bolivia management body, the project’s promoter, told Efe. The plant, located in Uyuni, a town in the Andean province of Potosi, will have a production capacity of around 250 liters (66 gallons) per day of quinoa milk and 3,500 liters (925 gallons) per month, said David Soraide, a technician with the Fautapo foundation that also helped fund the project.
The project required an investment outlay of nearly $162,000, with Pro Bolivia covering 80 percent of the total with funds from the European Union and the Fautapo foundation accounting for the rest. The milk will be produced with a Bolivian variety of the grain known as royal quinoa, which is rich in protein and is only grown in the Andean nation’s Southern Altiplano, near the world-famous Uyuni salt flats.