Hemp Industry in Canada Missing Out on Huge Market Opportunity

November 24, 2015

Over 200 producers, processors and leading hemp experts from Canada and aroudn the world met in Calgary this week to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s hemp sector.  Central to the discussion was the fact that the industry cannot utilize the whole hemp plant.  As a result Canadian hemp farmers are missing out on a potential billion dollar market opportunity. 

The culprit in this injustice is ancient regulatory controls on the hemp plant. Hemp contains very low levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC (delta 9) while on the other hand it can contain significant levels of other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBD. 

Cannabinoids, one in particular CBD is a phytochemical that has been found, through sound scientific research, to have beneficial health impacts. Due to regulatory restrictions Canadian farmers cannot harvest the plant parts that contain this phytochemical.  At present it is discarded in the chaff of the plant during harvest. 

Dr. Steve Laviolette, University of Western Ontario states, ’Cannabidiol may serve as an effective treatment for devastating psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, emerging evident is revealing potential benefits of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy.’ Findings from Dr. Laviolette’s research team have been published in many of the to neuroscience and psychiatry research journals in the world and have been covered in national and international press releases. 

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) is heightening its efforts to push for regulatory reform.  Russ Crawford, CHTA President states,’The lost opportunity for Canadian farmers to extract value form a portion of their crop that is currently off limits due to regulatory controls is an injustice to them. Hemp presents Canadian farmers with an important crop offering both diversity and exceptional profit potential as a food, fibre and health resource. There is an enormous opportunity to develop strong processing and value added industries associated with the production of hemp.  The United States, our largest export customer, is moving rapidly towards deregulation and the production and processin of hemp.  As an industry association it is our role to ensure Canada retains its 15 years advantage in hemp production and export dominance.’

The membership of CHTA voted unanimously in favour of promoting the health and safety of hemp by requesting immediate action from the Liberal government. 

CHTA, established in 2003, is the national organization representing hemp growers and processors. 

Contact Information: 
Kim Shukla, P.Ag.
Executive Director

CHTA Convention Programme 2015

September 1, 2015

The programme for the 13th Annual Hemp Convention is nearly completed.  Take a look at the programme and you won’t want to miss it.  Register now and save!

Interest in Hemp High But Acres Stable

March 2, 2015

Interest in hemp is high but the acres will remain 2015 - Robert Arnason - Western Producer


Hemp 2014 - Paving the Way Set to be a Success

November 10, 2014

The stage is set for the hemp world to gather in Winnipeg November 16 - 19 for the networking event of the year.  

International delegates and guests from Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, New Zealand, Finland and the EU will be gathering in Winnipeg to network with the Canadian hemp sector.

Hemp - Cinderella 2.0

August 1, 2014

What do you know about hemp? Read the latest article by Russ Crawford, President, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

Australia Makes Headway on Hemp Fibre Processing

June 12, 2014

Textile and Composites Industries Pty Ltd makes progress on viable processing of hemp for textiles.

BC’s Fraser Valley Home to New Hemp Processing Facility

June 12, 2014

A new processor of organic hemp seed products west of Saskatoon is now open for business in BC’s Fraser Valley.

Cannabidiol Update: CHTA

April 28, 2014

CHTA’s Comment on Cannabinoids, Specifically Cannabidiol (CBD)

Manitoba Harvest Emerges as CME’s 2014 Emerging Company

April 4, 2014

Manitoba Harvest Fresh Hemp Foods Emerges as CME’s 2014 Emerging Company

Hemp may help reduce piglet mortality and diarrhea

March 10, 2014

Hemp may help reduce piglet mortality and diarrhea. The Danish government invests nearly 9 Million Euro in hemp and piglet research project.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Achieves B Corp Certification

February 26, 2014

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Achieves B Corp Certification.


Canada’s Hemp Industry Calls for Deregulation

December 9, 2013

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) the organization representing Canada’s hemp food and fibre growers, processors and retailers has called on the Canadian government to deregulate the production, processing and export of industrial hemp.

Canadian Hemp Industry Sets its Course

December 4, 2013

Bouyed by record high seeded acreage, rapid expansion in food and fibre processing and a new industry association Board of Directors, the CHTA is writing its own Cinderella story.

Manitoba Harvest Announces New Team Member

December 3, 2013

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods Adds Danny Scodeller as Western Canadian Regional Sales Manager.  

Hemp Oil Canada Winner of Canada Brand Award

May 15, 2013

Hemp Oil Canada Inc. (HOCI) is adding another distinctive award to their collection.  The 2013 Canada Brand Business Award was presented at the Agri-Food Export Gala on April 30, 2013 at the Energy Centre, Toronto.  The award was initiated by Agri-Food Export Group Quebec the largest Canadian association of agri-food exporters. 

This award recognizes the efforts a company has made to hold the promise of excellence embodied in the Canada Brand, symbolized by the maple leaf, when exporting its premium-quality, healthy, fresh and natural products. 

’Every product that leaves our company is of the highest quality’, says the CEO, Shaun Crew.  ’We are very excited by this recognition; this is the first year that we’ve been nominated.  We are honored that we’ve won the award.’

CHTA wishes to congratulation one of its founding members on receiving this honor.

Manitoba Harvest Celebrates 15 Years!

March 5, 2013

Manitoba Harvest celebrates 15 years with a new logo and packagin refresh.

Manitoba Harvest Announces New VP Sales

February 28, 2013

John Durkin has joined Manitoba Harvest as VP Sales

Harper Government Invests to Create Value for Waste

July 23, 2012

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 18, 2012


Hemp Can Heal the World

March 8, 2012

Check the following link for an excellent hemp education tool developed by Nutiva

Hemp Building Course with Steve Allin, September 12 – 15, 2011

June 24, 2011

Steve Allin is conducting a four–day hemp construction course in Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland this September. Steve has enthusiastically pioneered the use of hemp in building in Ireland and internationally for the last 13 years, and is the author of Building with Hemp. He has also contributed articles to a variety of publications from the Green Building Bible to Cannabis Culture magazine.

Steve was a director of Hemp Ireland Ltd. (1998–2003) which was set up to research and develop a hemp processing facility in Ireland. The information gained from this helped in developing the plans for a truly sustainable industrial production of hemp on a local community level as a bio–regional approach to the production of basic ecologically appropriate food, biomass and building materials.

Currently the director of the International Hemp Building Association (IBHA), Steve Allin continues to act as an advisor for projects wishing to establish hemp processing facilities for hemp construction products.

Learn more at

Manitoba Harvest Partners with Leading Food Broker Acosta to Streamline U.S. Distribution

June 9, 2011

Winnipeg, Manitoba – June 9, 2011 – Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, a global leader inhemp foods, announced today an agreement with Acosta, Inc. (Acosta’s Natural Specialty Sales division) to become its primary food broker in the U.S. The Acosta team will work closely with Manitoba Harvest to provide sales representation and support for their growing U.S. business.

“Acosta is one of the largest food brokerages in the U.S. and is uniquely positioned in the natural specialty sales category,” said Mike Fata, CEO for Manitoba Harvest. “With an exceptionally knowledgeable sales staff and state–of–the–art technology support, Acosta will help get our products on more store shelves and share our story with many more consumers.”

Acosta is a full service broker specializing in a number of verticals, including natural, grocery, specialty and drug, and they represent the No. 1 or 2 brands across most product categories. Acosta’s focus for Manitoba Harvest will be on growing their existing customer base and uncovering new retail opportunities that complement its core products – shelled hemp seeds, Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Beverage, hemp oil, hemp butter and hemp protein powders. Manitoba Harvest’s U.S. sales have grown 40–50% per year for the past three years. With Manitoba Harvest’s new U.S. sales team in place, a national broker network is a key piece in Manitoba Harvest’s continued growth in the U.S. market.

“Acosta’s Natural Specialty Sales division is excited to be working with Manitoba Harvest,” said Mike Anderson, President of Natural Specialty Sales at Acosta. “We’re eager to grow the network of a brand that places such high importance on offering nutritious foods and educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices. We believe the brand is well positioned in the natural foods category and poised to grow its market share.”

Manitoba Harvest began using Acosta as its primary U.S. broker beginning June 1.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils Earns Non–GMO Project Verification

June 1, 2011

Winnipeg, Manitoba – June 1, 2011 – Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, a global leader inhemp foods, is today announcing that its entire line of products have earned the Non–GMO Project Verification, demonstrating continued commitment to creating the healthiest hemp foods and educating the public about healthy lifestyle choices.

“We’re proud to have earned Non–GMO Project Verification on our award–winning protein powders, seeds, hemp beverages, oils and butters,” said Mike Fata, Chief Executive Officer and Co–founder of Manitoba Harvest. “We’re committed to natural, healthy and sustainable foods, and providing consumers with nutritious products – free of GMOs – is an important part of that commitment.”

The Non–GMO Project is a non–profit collaboration comprised of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers who are concerned with the use of GMOs in food products.

“Many consumers choose hemp for its high quality nutrition,” said Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non–GMO Project. “Now, with Non–GMO Project Verification of all its products, Manitoba Harvest hemp products boast another healthful benefit.”

The Non–GMO Project Verification seal will begin to appear on Manitoba Harvest packaging beginning in late 2011.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils
Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the world’s largest vertically–integrated, farmer owned hemp food manufacturer. Manitoba Harvest is proud to offer award–winning products like Hemp Pro 70® (hemp protein concentrate), Hemp Bliss® Organic Hemp Beverage, shelled hemp seed, and hemp oil. In addition to their own popular brand of hemp foods, Manitoba Harvest supplies many other leading consumer brands with functional hemp food ingredients. For more or

IHA Australia makes application to have hemp food licensed as a human food

April 21, 2011

Letter from IHA Australia: To all people interested in hemp foods

As many of you would be aware Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) are currently considering our A1039 application to have hemp foods licensed as a human food.

The process is complex and involves a number of stages. The scientists at FSANZ have examined the evidence and expressed their opinion that hemp seed is a safe and nutritious food. However, a number of political issues have been raised by certain reactionary elements and their objections need to be addressed, prior to FSANZ producing a position paper which is then taken to the ministerial council.

A consultation paper has been produced and is available on the FSANZ website. The purpose of this email is to attract a large as possible public comment in favour of the application. Attached is a list of those questions posed by FSANZ. Most people are under considerable time pressure. To facilitate the process we have provided sample responses. You can compose your own response, add or subtract from the suggestions or simply add your name to the responses as they are and email to FSANZ at

A vigorous public response will increase the chances of success. This is no time for apathy or complacency. The process could take as little as 30 seconds of your time. Remember that the current government is hanging by a thread, with Abbott and his team of reactionaries only one by-election away from power. If this application is not successful the chance of a successful review would be slim. Send this email address out to all your contacts:

The consultation period ends on 26th April, 2011 and late submissions are not considered, so do it today. In fact, do it NOW.
Click here for discussion notes

Two Manitoba Hempsters Named Champions

April 6, 2011

Congratulations to Anndrea Hermann of Hemp Oil Canada, and Chris Dzisiak of the Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Co–op who have been named by the Province of Manitoba as Champions of the New Rural Economy program. Here is the info:

Entrepreneurs to Provide New Ideas, Innovation in Agriculture: Struthers

“It is my pleasure to recognize and announce these successful and energetic entrepreneurs who will work with Manitoba’s leaders in business and government so we can network together and come up with new ideas.  Their innovative spirit is at the heart of a vibrant rural economy,” said Struthers. “This is about the future of rural Manitoba and building relationships with business labour and government to discuss challenges and address them to continue to grow our rural economies.”BRANDON, Manitoba, April 21, 2011 – The province has named 12 people to the Champions of the New Rural Economy program which will put the next generation of innovators in rural Manitoba into contact with key business, community and government leaders, announced Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers at the Capturing Opportunities Forum here today.

This program was created following recommendations and advice from the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council and the Agri–food and Rural Development Council.

These champions represent the diversity of rural Manitoba, its geographic regions and industries, said Struthers.

They will focus on four key areas:

  • the green economy,
  • building economic opportunities,
  • improving wellness, and
  • protecting and rehabilitating the environment.

Motive Unveils the Kestrel

August 10, 2010

Motive Industries Inc.
By: Angela Velasco

Motive Unveils the Kestrel – Canada’s First Bio–Composite Electric Vehicle Design

Calgary, Alberta – August 10, 2010 – Motive has announced the development of Canada’s first bio–composite bodied electric car. The car, called the Kestrel, will make its full marketing debut during the September EV 2010 VE Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver. The Kestrel is an electric four–passenger compact vehicle, designed and engineered by Motive. The body of the car is made from impact resistant bio–composite materials. Kestrel designer Darren McKeage says, “Electric cars need to be efficient, therefore, the Kestrel design had to be simple (minimized part count) and light weight, while still being unique and eye catching.”

The bio–composite material is made from hemp mats produced by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) in Edmonton, Alberta, from hemp stock grown in Vegreville, Alberta. Nathan Armstrong, President of Motive says, “We saw a unique opportunity to make significant advancements in the automotive sector, and support the Canadian Auto Sector, by providing sustainable products and opportunities to create new green manufacturing jobs.”

Prototyping and testing will begin on the vehicle later this month. The goal is to achieve the same mechanical properties as glass composites while achieving a reduction in weight. According to Dr. John Wolodko at AITF, bio–composites are becoming more popular due to their low cost and light weight. “Natural materials such as hemp can offer a green and sustainable alternative to conventional fibres used in composites.” Composite materials are currently used in formula one vehicles and many road going vehicles, and have been found to have strength and safety benefits above that of steel.

Motive Industries has designed and engineered the Kestrel for participation in Project Eve, and entirely Canadian initiative with the goal of furthering the production of electric vehicles and electrci vehicle components in Canada. A full announcement about Project Eve will be made during the Vancouver EV 2010 VE Conference and Trade Show in September.

For more information:
Angelica Velasco, Motive Industries Inc., (403) 236–3133,

Motive is a full vehicle development firm focused on advanced materials, technology and innovation to create real-world transportation solutions. Our unique blend of design capabilities and industry experience has allowed us to create processes which accelerate project cycles, reduce cost and decrease time to market. Our focus on advanced materials and manufacturing technologies keeps us at the cutting edge of vehicle design and engineering.

Manitoba Harvest fan, Cassandra Forsythe, explains good fats, carbs & protein

April 21, 2010

Manitoba Harvest fan Cassandra Forsythe – Ph.D., R.D and certified sports nutritionist, coaches Connecticut-based Biggest Loser participants.

Province supports one–of–a–kind hemp–processing plant

April 6, 2010

WINNIPEG – The province is putting up $500,000 to help an industrial hemp processing plant at Gilbert Plains, 340 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Plains Industrial Hemp Processing currently manufactures several hemp–based products such as hemp pellets, animal bedding and insulation.

“This hemp processing project is a first of its kind in Canada and we are proud that it will be located here in Manitoba,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers in a release.

Provincial funding from the Rural Economic Development Initiative will help build a hemp fibre processing facility capable of processing 18,000 tonnes of hemp per year.

Hemp Industry Active

October 9, 2009

By: Portage la Prairie News Centre
Posted: 08/09/2009

The new executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance says the hemp industry is full of opportunities.

Kim Shukla says production is increasing with hemp products now on the shelves of mainstream stores like Sobey’s.

She notes producers are slowly trying to grow the industry, to avoid flooding the market when demand is still relatively small.

She says since hemp is still new to most farmers, there is still much room for improvement when it comes to production techniques.

Shukla, who lives in the Steinbach area, took on the position of executive director earlier this summer.


Consumers are embracing omega–3, omega–6 and omega–9 for longer, healthier lives.

October 7, 2009

By: Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor
Posted: 08/07/2009

As obesity has become epidemic in the U.S., fats have been stigmatized and wars waged against them by health experts, doctors and the press. But the truth is that consuming adequate and balanced amounts of the right fats – omega–3, omega–6 and omega–9 fatty acids – is critical to good health.

Fatty acids can seem like alphabet soup to consumers: ALA, EPA, DHA, LA, GLA, ARA, MUFAs, PUFAs, EFAs, and the list goes on. Adding to the confusion is the negative impacts of trans–fatty acids and saturated fatty acids. All families have good and bad members; fats are no different.

Fats are a group of chemical compounds that contain fatty acids. Energy is stored in the body mostly in the form of fat, which is needed in the diet to supply essential fatty acids, substances essential for growth but not produced by the body itself.

Understanding the role of omega–3 fatty acids in health begins with understanding their chemical make–up. Omega–3s are long–chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC–PUFAs) consisting of alpha–linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docasahexaenoic acid (DHA).

All three omega–3 acids need to be obtained from our diet and are called essential fatty acids. ALA cannot be made by our body, so it has to be obtained from food. While humans can synthesize some EPA and DHA from ALA, less than 10 percent is converted at a time. So we must fulfill our DHA and EPA needs from diet or supplemental fish oils, plant oils and algae. It is believed that ancient people were better able to make these conversions, and scientists speculate modern day stress and consumption of trans fat are the culprits.

Omega–3s are best known for their heart–health benefits. ALA is added to grain–based foods through flaxseed or flaxseed oil, which can replace some or all of the oil or shortening in the formulation of foods and beverages. Flaxseed oil also can be added to poultry feed resulting in omega–3–enriched chicken or turkey meat. Other sources of ALA are chia, hempseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, mustard seed, avocados, dark leafy vegetables, soybean oil, wheat germ oil and fatty fish. Other options include cranberry seed oil and juice made from acai berries and goji berries.

Also essential but plentiful in the American diet are omega–6 fatty acids, comprised of linolenic acid (LA), gamma–linolenic acid (GLA) and arachidonic acid (ARA). They support skin health, lower cholesterol and help blood clot. Americans get most of their omegas from eggs, meat, poultry and vegetable oils.

A balance of PUFAs, both omega–3 and omega–6, is essential for good health, and can reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk for heart disease. As recently as the early 1900s, humans consumed about equal amount of omega–3 and omega–6 (1:1 or 1:2) in their diet.

Today, the ratio for Americans is 1:10 or 1:20 omega–3s to omega–6s, an imbalance associated with many diseases. Omega–3 is an anti–inflammatory and omega–6 is pro–inflammatory. Excessive pro–inflammatory compounds are linked to heart disease, arthritis, eczema and Alzheimer’s, so omega–3, particularly EPA, is needed to prevent or inhibit in ammation.

A matter of life and death Omega–3 deficiency was ranked as the sixth cause of preventable death in the U.S., accounting for 72,000–96,000 preventable deaths yearly, according to a recent study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

It even beat out high trans–fat intake, which is fresponsible for an estimated 63,000–97,000 deaths annually. “The numbers are shocking, especially given that these deaths are preventable with omega–3 EPA/DHA supplementation,” says Lori Covert, vice president of marketing and communications for Ocean Nutrition Canada, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Why are Americans defcient? Omega–3 fatty acids are not one single nutrient but a collection of several, including EPA and DHA, both found in greatest abundance in coldwater fish (salmon, tuna, herring, lake trout, sardines, mackerel and anchovies, plus sh oils and algal oils). Since most Americans (or Europeans for that matter) don’t eat enough fish (twice a week in the U.S.), many of us are deficient in omega–3.

The FDA allows a number of fish and algal oils to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for food fortification. Fish oil contains significant amounts of EPA and DHA. “Fish do not efficiently synthesize DHA. They obtain DHA by eating zooplankton that eat micro–algae that contains DHA,” explains Ruben Abril, director of ingredient formulations and technical support at Martek Biosciences, Columbia, Md. Martek derives its DHA omega–3 oil from DHA–producing micro–algae harvested from algal–fermentation tanks.

“The DHA omega–3 oil that the algae naturally produces is extracted and processed in the same manner as any commercially available vegetable oil,” he explains. “We also can microencapsulate our DHA–rich oil so that it becomes a more stable, free–flowing product for applications where a powder works better.” Research suggests that these fatty acids may provide benefits beyond reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. These include: lowering the risk of developing certain cancers and neurological disorders; complications from metabolic syndrome and diabetes; improved bone health among older adults; healthy pregnancy outcomes; good visual acuity and cognitive development among infants; fight depression, build brain cells (the brain is made up of 60 percent fat), can boost the immune system, help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s, and possibly reduce obesity. Although omega–3, omega–6 and omega–9 fatty acids all serve different functions within the body, the evidence is clear that incorporating balanced proportions of both essential and non–essential fatty acids is necessary for maintaining heart health and general wellness. Swedish researchers have found a link between fish consumption and higher cognitive scores among teenage males, according to a study published in Acta Paediatrica, a peer–reviewed pediatric research journal.

Comparing the responses of 3,972 15–year–old boys with their cognitive scores three years later when they entered compulsory military service, the study found a definite link between frequent fish consumption and cognitive function. When the young men ate fish more than once a week (58 percent), their combined intelligence scores were, on average, almost 11 percent higher than those who ate fish less than once a week (20 percent), and their visuospatial scores were 11 percent higher.

“There are a number of studies linking omega–3 EPA/DHA found in oily fish to thinking, reasoning and remembering abilities – our cognitive functions – in infants and the elderly,” said Jon Getzinger, Ocean Nutrition’s chief sales and marketing officer. “But [other] studies demonstrate omega–3 is important for our bodies and minds throughout our lives.”

Food scientist Julian McClements and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Health and Wellness are now investigating more economical ways to incorporate omega–3 fatty acids into foods. Microgel capsules are being developed to trap the omega–3 fatty acids, chemically stabilize them to prevent spoilage and allow them to be easily incorporated in beverages, yogurts, dressings, desserts and ice cream. They work by surrounding the delicate fish oils in a protective biopolymer microgel of water, antioxidant protein and dietary fiber.

Hemp for Hanes

September 17, 2009

By: Erik Siemers
Posted: 08/17/2009

It took a decade to prove that hemp could be soft as cotton. Now Naturally Advanced Technologies is starting to draw interest in its product from big players.

After nearly a decade of working to prove that burlap–like hemp can be as soft as cotton, Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. has caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest consumer brands.

Now it’s on the verge of generating revenue from its technology.

“The company is an eight–year overnight success,” said CEO Ken Barker.

The Portland, Oregon–based company this month announced a string of deals aimed at commercializing its Crailar Fiber Technology, which employs an enzyme treatment to make hemp and other organic fibers suitable for apparel and other uses.

The most notable is a joint development agreement with Hanesbrands Inc., which is among the world’s largest consumer apparel brands with $4.2 billion in sales last year.

Under the agreement, Naturally Advanced will retrofit existing Hanes dyeing equipment with the company’s enzyme process to study how its organic fibers can be entered into mainstream production.

If that phase is successful, the companies will work toward a marketing plan for Crailar in various Hanes categories and determine how it could be commercialized.

But whether hemp can rise above niche status to mainstream appeal will have a lot to do with cost.

In a conference call with investors, Barker said that because Crailar shrinks far less during production than cotton, the resulting savings could bring its final cost closer to regular cotton than organic cotton, which is 60 percent more expensive than regular cotton.

While Barker said it’s too early to guess how lucrative the Hanes deal could become, the partnership serves as “absolute validation that our technology is viable and capable of mainsteam apparel production.”

The deal was borne from successful tests conducted at North Carolina State University which, according to Barker, proved hemp can easily transition away from being a niche consumer fabric.

Matt Hall, vice president of external communications at Winson–Salem, North Caorlina–based Hanesbrands, said the idea isn’t to replace cotton. But if Crailar can be commercialized, it would mean being able to produce organic fibers for everyday products at competitive prices.

Hemp grows faster and uses far less water than cotton, making it a favorite among champions of sustainable apparel, which was a $3 billion international market in 2007, according to a report last year by Packaged Facts, a division of

Even so, Naturally Advanced is eyeing more than just apparel markets.

In what could be an equally sizable deal, the company in June signed a development deal with Georgia Pacific Consumer Products LP, which makes household paper products such as Brawny paper towels. Barker said he was prohibited from disclosing details of the agreement.

It also reached a spinning and trademark licensing deal with Patrick Yarns of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, a maker of industrial yarns, to produce Crailar products for denim, work wear, home furnishings and carpet markets.

The company’s also developing uses of the technology applicable to forestry pulping and as diesel fuel.

Until now the company generated revenue from HTnaturals Inc., a wholly–owned sustainable apparel company. Last week it announced second–quarter sales of $401,000, down from $580,000 a year ago.

But now the company is shuttering HTnaturals and expects to generate its first revenue from Crailar in the next quarter. The anticipated revenue–the amount of which Barker declined to release–will be generated through a manufacturing agreement with Philadelphia dyehouse G.J. Littlewoods & Son Inc., which will produce the fabric ordered by Patrick Yarns.

“As we introduce Crailar into the market and into the industry next year, we’ll start generating the revenue everybody’s been waiting for,” Barker said.

HIA Member Companies Rank Well in Food & Beverage Category

September 17, 2009

By: PR Newswire
Posted: 08/17/2009

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ – The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a trade association made up of hundreds of hemp businesses, is pleased that Living Harvest Foods and Nutiva (both companies are full business members of the HIA) have been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 List. Living Harvest Foods of Portland, OR was ranked No. 961 on the over all list with 318.2% growth and 2008 revenue of $4.4 million and was ranked No. 20 in the Food & Beverage category. Santa Paula, CA based Nutiva was ranked No. 2,174 on the over all list with 145.2% growth and 2008 revenue of $6.5 million and was ranked No. 52 in the Food & Beverage category.

Founded in 2002, Living Harvest became industry pioneers with the launch of the world’s first protein powder and stayed ahead of the curve with the subsequent launches of the first whole food blends in 2005 and the world’s first Hempmilk in 2007. In 2009, Living Harvest added Tempt, the first line of non-dairy frozen desserts made with Hempmilk in the United States, to their growing repertoire of hemp foods.

“Pioneering a variety of hemp foods over the years and launching innovative new products such as our Tempt Hempmilk and frozen dessert line is the key to our exceptional growth,” said Hans Fastre, CEO of Living Harvest Foods. “Our placement on the list of fastest growing companies in the U.S., as well our placement as the number 20 food and beverage company, is a testimony to the future of hemp foods.”

Founded in 1999 by John W. Roulac, Nutiva is America’s number one brand of nutritious organic hemp foods and extra-virgin coconut oil. Nutiva is dedicated to a healthy and sustainable world, demonstrating its mission to nourish people and planet by using nourishing organic ingredients, enriching the soil, and supporting worthy causes.

“Nutiva’s vision is to replace our country’s overreliance on corn, soy, and dairy products with healthier hemp and coconut superfoods,” explains Roulac. “Nutiva is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month and we are proud to be named one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine.”

Earlier this year the HIA released final estimates of the size of the U.S. retail market for hemp food and body care products in 2008. Data supporting the estimates show that retail sales of hemp food and body care products in the U.S. have continued to set records in 2008. Strong sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled hemp seed, soaps and lotions have occurred against the backdrop of state-licensed hemp farmers in North Dakota fighting a high stakes legal battle against the DEA to grow hemp for U.S. manufacturers.

“The HIA is confident that the total North American hemp food and body care market over the last year accounted for $100-120 million in retail sales,” comments Eric Steenstra, HIA Executive Director. “We expect double-digit growth of the hemp food sector to continue in 2009, as consumer interest about green healthy products grows,” says Steenstra.

Naturally Advanced Technologies and Hanesbrands Inc. EnterMultiphase Joint Development Agreement for Organic–Fiber Commercialization

September 4, 2009

Posted: 08/04/2009

– Jointly developing a processing facility to produce organic apparel–grade fiber in first phase –
– To determine commercialization and marketing plan in second phase –
– Management schedules conference call on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 –

NAT, using technology developed with and licensed from The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and Hanesbrands, a leading producer and marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel, will retrofit existing dying equipment at a Hanesbrands facility to develop a commercially viable use of the 100 percent organic fiber.Portland, Oregon, August 4, 2009– Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT, OTCBB: NADVF, TSXV: NAT) has entered into a multiphase joint development agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI), that will allow Crailar® Organic Fibers technology to be processed for use in commercial apparel knit products made by Hanesbrands.

“We are eagerly working with NAT to incorporate Crailar Organic Fibers into our production process,” stated Michael Faircloth, Hanesbrands’ vice president of global supply chain support. “Our interest in developing Crailar’s potential for applications in the knit apparel market grew out of the impressive performance–enhancement characteristics it demonstrates, as well as the economic and environmental benefits it offers.”

“The agreement with Hanesbrands is a significant step in our plan to commercialize Crailar Organic Fibers, a technology that employs a 100 percent organic process that uses hemp as its feedstock,” stated Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “As previously announced, Crailar Organic Fibers were successfully spun on existing cotton systems at North Carolina State University in tests that were sponsored by Hanesbrands. These tests demonstrated the evolution of hemp fiber from a niche market alternative to a mainstream solution. Now Hanesbrands is taking action to develop an in–house facility in North Carolina for processing Crailar Organic Fiber. We are very excited to continue working with Hanesbrands in this next phase of our partnership, which will include technology development, marketing initiatives and commercialization planning.”

Phase One: Development

  • Jointly develop a processing facility to produce organic apparel–grade fiber for use in commercial apparel products.
  • Establish the Technology Development Plan that will specify deliverables.

Phase Two: Commercialization

  • Develop coordinated marketing plan for Crailar.
  • Determine and execute an integrated commercialization plan that maximizes the supply chain.

The JDA was effective as of June 22nd, 2009 and carries a 30–day cancellation clause by either party.

Conference Call
Management will host a live conference call and interactive webcast presentation providing a company update on recent corporate developments on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Ken Barker, chief executive officer, will deliver a slide presentation followed by an interactive question and answer session. Event details follow:

  • To view the slide presentation and participate via the web, you may pre–register via the following link:
  • To participate via telephone, please dial 866–454–4209, or 913–312–9305 for international callers and mention password #9484209. We recommend dialing in at least 5–10 minutes before the presentation start time.
  • If you are unable to participate during the live webcast and call, it will be available for replay for 90 days at The telephone replay will be available until midnight Eastern Time, August 13, 2009 by dialing 888–203–1112, or 719–457–0820 for international callers, and entering password #9484209.

About Hanesbrands Inc.
Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of innerwear, outerwear and hosiery apparel under strong consumer brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra. The company designs, manufactures, sources and sells T–shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear. Hanesbrands has approximately 45,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More information may be found on the company’s Web site at

About Naturally Advanced Technologies, Inc.
Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. is committed to unlocking the potential of renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from hemp and other bast fibers. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Crailar Fiber Technologies Inc., is developing proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by–products, in collaboration with Canada’s National Research Council and the Alberta Research Council. Crailar® technology offers cost–effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers such as hemp and flax, resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing and adheres to a “triple bottom line” philosophy, respecting the human rights of employees, the environmental impact of the company’s operations and fiscal responsibility to its shareholders. See

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Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer
This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward–looking statements”. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, are forward–looking statements. Forward–looking statements or information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward–looking statements or information and including, without limitation, risks and 3 uncertainties relating to: any market interruptions that may delay the trading of the Company’s shares, technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital, changes in consumer preferences, market acceptance and technological changes, dependence on manufacturing and material supplies providers, international operations, competition, regulatory restrictions and the loss of key employees. In addition, the Company’s business and operations are subject to the risks set forth in the Company’s most recent Form 10–KSB, Form 10–QSB and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at These are among the primary risks we foresee at the present time. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward–looking statements.

Investor Contact:
Kirsten Chapman / Cathy Mattison
Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates

Media Contacts:
Naturally Advanced Technologies
Adam Handelsman
Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates

Hanesbrands Inc.
Matt Hall
Vice President, External Communications

CHTA Bulletin August 2009

September 1, 2009

Posted: 08/01/2009

Notice to Members

CHTA is moving to a specific annual membership renewal date. Memberships will now be valid from April 1–March 31. For current members we will be contacting about your current membership and asking you to renew until March 31, 2011.

Your support is greatly appreciated and it is only through your continuing membership that we can work collectively to build this industry to its full potential. If you happen to know of someone who is active in the industry but not a member let us know by emailing

Meet Scott Larson–Zutter

You will all quickly become familiar with Scott who is working with CHTA for the month of August. Scott will be busy working on our membership database, updating information on your business.

By ensuring your information is current we can be assured that you are receiving all information being sent by CHTA and that we can correctly refer inquiries to your business. Scott will also be busy seeking out new potential members, encouraging the many companies involved in hemp that are currently not members of CHTA to join our Alliance.

Board of Directors Seeks Candidates

The 2009 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Victoria Inn Winnipeg on Monday November 16.

There are 2 vacancies on the Board and we encourage you to express your interest in getting involved.

You could be part of guiding the organization through the next few years that promise to be very exciting. The ground work that was done by the founding members of CHTA has now allowed the organization to truly start to become the voice for the industry and begin working on a research plan for the next five years. Our membership continues to increase and the number are expected to grow significantly in the next two years.

National ConventionTakes Shape

The CHTA National Hemp Convention is schedule for Tuesday November 17 & Wednesday 18 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.

The Convention this year will include a poster session, trade show and two full days of panel discussions and speakers and a workshop for growers–On Farm Food Safety.

A tentative schedule can be found on the website at

Topics for Day 1 include a global outlook, business and marketing panels and a discussion about preparedness for clinical trials. Day 2 is focussed on production and the fibre sector. Register today!

Research Matters

This section of our newsletter will be dedicated to research information that members would like us to share. We encourage you to submit information to (Please note: information to be included in the bulletin will be up to the discretion of the editor)

The following section will feature excerpts from Anndrea Hermann’s Master’s of Science in Hemp Fibre Agronomy conducted at the Department of Plant Science University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba. Future CHTA bulletins will feature a continuant of her thesis titled “The Effect of Plant Population Density and Harvest Timing on Agronomic Fibre Yield and Quality Characteristics of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis), Cultivar Alyssa, Grown in the Parkland Region of Manitoba, Canada.” Distribution of this section is not permitted without direct permission from Anndrea.


Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is a versatile plant that is grown for its premier grain and/or fibre characteristics. After 50 years of prohibition, Canadian hemp is being recognized and promoted worldwide. This has resulted in the increased need for Canadian based agronomic hemp research. Split–plot replicated studies were conducted in 2006 and 2007 at five locations in the Parkland region of Manitoba, Canada to determine the effects of three targeted plant population densities (100, 200, and 300 plants m–2) and three harvest timings (hemp decimal codes 2102, 2306 and 2307) on hemp fibre yield and quality characteristics. Alyssa, a Manitoba bred cultivar, was used to determine the treatment effects on self–thinning, stem diameter, plant height, biomass, bast and hurd percentage along with the lignin, cellulose, hemicellulose and holocellulsoe content of bast and hurd in three 20 cm stalk sections. The results from 5 site years indicated the targeted plant population density significantly influenced selfthinning, plant height and stem diameter in the bottom, middle and top sections of the plant. Due to inter–plant competition for available resources plant stands tended to be affected by increasing the population density, where final counts ranged from 50–280 plants m–2. Plant height (130–261 cm) and stem diameters (3–8 mm) in all sections were greatest at 100 plants m–2; thereafter decreases occurred. Harvest timing significantly influenced self–thinning, biomass and the percentage of bast and hurd. Plant counts decreased with delayed harvest. Biomass yield tended to increase at the last harvest (3350–6967 kg ha– 1) while the percentage of bast (7–29 %) and hurd (48–85 %) fibre tended to decrease as harvest was delayed. In general, bast fibre consisted of approximately 86% cellulose, 3% lignin, 7% hemicellulose and 93% holocellulose (combined cellulose and hemicellulose) while the hurd consisted of 56% cellulose, 16% lignin, 19% hemicellulose and 75% holocellulose at harvest 1 (technical maturity). Overall, the Canadian cultivar, Alyssa was relatively stable across the imposed treatments.

Hemp War Fires Up in US

May 11, 2009

Posted: 05/11/2009

The debate heats up over legalizing domestic production of hemp in the US – a banned crop that has a trace of THC – reports CNBC’s Jane Wells.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods expands with new facility in Winnipeg

March 25, 2008

By: NPI Center
Posted: 03/25/2008

Winnipeg, Manitoba (March 26, 2008) – Sales of healthy hemp foods are skyrocketing, so much in fact that Winnipeg-based Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is in the process of expanding into a much larger state–of–the–art food manufacturing facility. The company has begun the challenging process of moving their operations across the city to a new 20,000 sq. foot space on Eagle Drive that will increase their production capacity by at least 500%.

Manitoba Harvest plans to hire 5 more employees in 2008 and more in the future as they expand production to meet demand from rapidly growing domestic and international markets. The company is in the process of purchasing new processing and packaging equipment to be installed at the site. The leased facility will also provide an abundance of office, warehouse and shipping space, as well as a full–scale laboratory for in–house product quality testing. Manitoba Harvest has completed Phase 1 by moving their offices and warehouse operations and plans to have Phase 2 & 3 (Packaging & Production) complete by the end of summer. A Grand Opening celebration will be held that is timed to coincide with the hemp harvest season.

“For each of the past several years our sales have been growing at least 50%, so each year the production and shipping areas here at the obsolete Notre Dame Ave. site have been getting tighter and tighter,” notes Martin Moravcik, Co–founder & Vice President of Operations that oversees the production side of the company. “The new, larger space represents a big milestone for us, things are really rolling along now and this will help us be even more efficient and further ensure optimal quality,” adds Moravcik, whom was one of the hemp pioneers in the early 1990s that worked with the government and other advocates to make hemp agriculture legal again in Canada in 1998.

Manitoba Harvest’s work pioneering hemp agriculture and helping to spread organic farming helped earn them the 2006 Socially Responsible Business Award at the Natural Products Expo East trade show, the largest event of its kind in North America. Not only is hemp good for human health, it is also good for the planet. Hemp is naturally pest–resistant, and because hemp plants grow rapidly and close together, they crowd out weeds and don’t need herbicides. It is also a soil–building plant that is excellent for crop rotation. In line with the Manitoba Harvest mission, the facility offers many energy conservation and environmentally–friendly features. For example, the facility will include energy efficient lighting, R20 insulation to lower heating and cooling costs, energy efficient HVAC heating and cooling systems which is approved by the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Program.

“Hemp Foods are Hot!”

Hemp seed exports from Canada grew 300% from 2006–2007, according to Agri–Food Canada (a government agency). During the past 5 years, Manitoba Harvest’s sales have grown more than 500% earning them a spot on the 2007 Profit 100 list of the fastest growing businesses in Canada. “Foods that offer omega–3 essential fats like hemp are hot because medical evidence demonstrating the health benefits of this nutrient continues to grow,” notes Mike Fata, President and co–founder of Manitoba Harvest.

Last year, Manitoba Harvest launched Hemp Bliss (the first organic non–dairy hempmilk), which earned the 2007 Best New Food Product Award at Natural Products Expo East. Because Hemp Bliss is a convenient and delicious source of balanced omega nutrition, it is already fueling the next round of rapid growth. This month the company is extending their line of organic hempmilks by launching Unsweetened Hemp Bliss.

In addition to being among the best sources of omega–3 and omega 6 essential fats, hemp seed is an impressive source of whole protein, healthy fiber and it offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals. In addition to Hemp Bliss, Manitoba Harvest produces organic cold–pressed Hemp Seed Oil, Shelled Hemp Seed, Hemp Seed Butter and Hemp Protein Powder.

Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest is proud to be the largest farmer–owned, vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer in North America. Manitoba Harvest contracts thousands of acres of hemp seed production in Western Canada with dozens of farmers, many of which are company shareholders. The company owns and operates a kosher and USDA certified organic facility and their products are distributed to thousands of stores worldwide and are also sold as bulk ingredients to food and cosmetic manufacturers. Since Manitoba Harvest is an integrated producer they control production from “seed to shelf,” and are therefore able to ensure freshness and quality. For more information, visit or call 1–800–665–HEMP.