Hemp foods are one of the hottest health food trends in North America, and the export growth achieved by a fast-growing Canadian company is demonstrating that there is vibrant consumer demand for nutritious hemp foods overseas, too. Today, Manitoba Harvest is announcing an important new distribution partnership with Pukka Herbs that will help the company expand into untapped regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils™ (www.manitobaharvest.com) exports have grown more than 500% over the past year. Earlier this year, the company exhibited their full line of healthy hemp foods at BioFach, the largest organic trade show in the world, which is held annually in Nuremberg, Germany. “Consumer demand for hemp foods is growing fast in the UK and Ireland, so it is important to establish Manitoba Harvest as the leading brand and to get their products on store shelves before other brands come along,” says Tim Westwell, Managing Director of Pukka Herbs.
Manitoba Harvest’s continued efforts to expand sales in Europe is gaining momentum and is becoming more cost-effective. “Having knowledgeable local sales people meeting with retailers in the EU on our behalf is key, so our establishment of a network of experienced and reputable sales and distribution experts like Pukka Herbs has been a top priority,” says Alex Chwaiewsky, International Sales Manager.
Now that medical researchers, nutrition experts and chefs in the U.S. and Canada are demonstrating that hemp is a nutritious and eco-friendly superfood with vast culinary applications, the company is using this backing and their twelve years of experience educating consumers to cultivate interest in markets around the globe. “Foods that offer omega-3 essential fatty acids like hemp are hot because medical evidence touting the health benefits continues to grow,” says Mike Fata, co-founder and President. “Hemp seed also offers an impressive digestible protein profile and an abundance of vitamins, minerals and fiber,” adds Fata.
Manitoba Harvest produces Hemp Bliss—an award-winning line of organic beverages, organic cold-pressed Hemp Oil, Shelled Hemp Seed, Hemp Seed Butter and a line of innovative Hemp Protein Powders. “In addition to our own line of branded products, we are also a hemp foods ingredients supplier to manufacturers, so our export business is a two-pronged approach,” notes Fata.Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils is the world’s largest vertically-integrated, farmer-owned hemp food manufacturer. The company strives to create the healthiest hemp foods, to educate the public about healthy lifestyle choices, and to support sustainable and organic agriculture. Manitoba Harvest is proud to partner with Renewable Choice Energy to reduce their environmental impact through wind power and carbon offsets. For more information, please visit www.manitobaharvest.com