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By the numbers: Hemp gets its dueBy the numbers: Hemp gets its due

Consider this data in preparation for Hemp History Week.

NFM Staff

April 29, 2014

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By the numbers: Hemp gets its due

Hemp just might be having its day. It has become a top functional ingredient, and packaged products are selling like, well, weeds. Even the U.S. government has taken notice and loosened hemp-growing policies for the crop that’s become known as an environmentally friendly, sustainable and nutritious superseed. As retailers and industry supporters prepare for the fifth annual Hemp History Week June 2-8, know the numbers below.

$184 million

Sales of hemp food and body care products in 2013


Rate of natural-channel sales growth last year


Position hemp held in the top 10 functional ingredients by sales volume in the 52 weeks ending Feb. 23; coconut oil ranked 10th   


Last year hemp was legally harvested in the United States


Year the U.S. began importing food-grade hemp seed and oil


Year the Farm Bill allowed industrial hemp growth for research


Number of states that have defined industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana


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