Sebastopol, CA — The Sebastopol-based hemp foods manufacturer, Nutiva, introduces America’s first third party certified hemp product–The Original Organic Hempseed Bar. The bar’s organic ingredients include sunflower seeds, honey, shelled hempseeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and is certified organic by Quality Assurance International of San Diego, CA.
Nutiva founder and president, John W. Roulac, said, “Offering our customers certified organic hemp bars is part of Nutiva’s commitment to creating a healthy future. It’s also consistent with our company’s values, which include donating 1% of our sales to groups engaged in sustainable agriculture and avoiding genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients.”
Nutiva’s line of hemp food products are sold nationwide in natural food stores including Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Hempseeds are a rich source of protein, vitamin E and omega-3 and have a rich nutty flavor. Nutiva sources its organic hempseeds from Canada, which like thirty-one other countries permits its farmers to grow this sustainable, earth-friendly crop.
Nutiva has sold well over 125,000 hemp bars, despite the fact that the US Customs and the Drug Enforcement Agency tried to cut off Nutiva’s supply of hemp bars in August of last year. In December 1999, both agencies backed off and issued announcements permitting the legal trade in hempseed products.
Growing hemp helps restore soils and conserve forests, and i’ts versatile seed and fiber can be used in thousands of products. The nutritional value of hemp is rapidly becoming well known. It is a significant source of essential fatty acids, vitamin E, iron, and protein and is as versatile as the soybean, yet tastes better and is even more nutritious. The process of shelling hempseed virtually eliminates all THC from the product.
Nutiva products can be found at natural foods stores including Whole Foods and Wild Oats.Nutiva (www.nutiva.com) is a Sebastopol-based natural foods manufacturing firm. In addition to our chip line, we offer certified organic bars made with hemp and flax seed, and a 12 oz. can of shelled hempseeds. Nutiva is a member of the Organic Trade Association, and the North American Industrial Hemp Council. Nutiva donates 1% of sales to groups engaged in sustainable agriculture as part of its commitment to creating a healthy future.
John W. Roulac, Nutiva founder and president
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