Radient Technologies Inc., an Edmonton, Alberta-based manufacturer of cannabinoid-based ingredients, formulations and products, and The Edlong Corp., an Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based manufacturer, marketer and provider of technology-driven natural flavor systems, ingredients and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry, said they formed a strategic joint venture partnership. The companies will jointly create and market cannabidiol (CBD) flavor systems and product solutions for the food, beverage and pet food industries globally.

Combining Edlong’s expertise in the development, manufacturing and marketing of natural flavors and ingredients with Radient’s expertise in the industrial-scale extraction, purification and manufacturing of cannabinoid ingredients, the two companies will collaborate on the development of high-quality CBD-based flavors and ingredients that will meet global health and safety regulations and appeal to large global consumer markets. The companies said additional areas of interest for collaboration may be included in the future.

Edlong said it has innovation centers in Latin America and Europe, and distribution partners in Canada and Asia. The company is one of the only flavor houses in the world to specialize in dairy flavors while also catering to growing markets such as dairy-free, vegan, plant-based, organic, non-GMO and allergen-free. In addition, Edlong’s scientifically engineered ingredients provide functional solutions to unique food and beverage manufacturing challenges such as mouthfeel, flavor masking, heat tolerance and replacement.

“Radient is the perfect partner to align with as we explore new opportunities in this dynamic category that is clearly poised for growth,” said Laurette Rondenet, president and CEO of Edlong. “We’re excited to bring our expertise together.”

Radient said its product development team creates unique cannabinoid ingredients that provide solutions to current cannabinoid product manufacturing challenges. These products include standardized ingredients that ensure exact strength and potency, ingredients that improve the taste and shelf life of cannabinoid beverages and edibles, and full-spectrum cannabinoid formulations.  

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with an established international flavor company like Edlong,” said Denis Taschuk, president and CEO of Radient. “Radient’s team of in-house scientists has been developing unique formulations that we believe will tie in perfectly with Edlong’s innovative approach to flavor and ingredient manufacturing for foods and beverages.”