Manawatu Standard

Otis Oat Milk part-owned by former Trump aide


The country’s first local oat milk producer, Otis Oat Milk, has allowed Donald Trump’s former aide Chris Liddell to become a shareholde­r. Director Chris Wilkie said Liddell, a New Zealander who worked as deputy chief of staff in the Trump Administra­tion, was one of about 27 investors the company brought on in May. Liddell now owns just less than 1.8 per cent of the Dunedin-based firm. Wilkie said accepting investment from Liddell was ‘‘something that could be spun in a very negative way’’. But he noted Liddell’s involvemen­t in initiative­s such as Predator Free Wellington and that he had previously chaired the New Zealand environmen­tal charity Next.

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