In support of industry demand for hemp cannabinoid ingredients, Fargo, N.D.-based Healthy Food Ingredients (HFI) said it formed a strategic supply partnership with Lakewood, Colo.-based KND Labs, a producer of high-quality domestic hemp-derived cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN). Backed by advanced food safety and quality certifications, the partnership offers clean-label extraction, transparent third-party testing and grower-direct supply assurance to the food and beverage industries, among others.

“KND Labs brings a high level of testing, safety, compliance and third-party certifications that our customers have come to expect from HFI,” said Jay Johnson, chief operating officer for HFI. “The team at KND [is] leading industry standards within the hemp sector. We were very intentional in identifying an experienced strategic supply partner that shares our commitment to the industry and [is] helping us to realize our mission of nourishing lives with healthy ingredients.”

According to HFI, KND uses industry-leading methods to carefully extract and formulate premium-quality finished bulk ingredients, including those that are free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-free), in its two state-of-the-art facilities in Lakewood and Arvada, Colo. KND manages the manufacturing process of its hemp-derived ingredients by extracting specific cannabinoid profiles to produce CBD, CBG and the isolation of other hemp-derived cannabinoids in a variety of forms, including powdered isolate, distillate oils and liquid and powder water-soluble products. KND offers custom formulations with batch consistency for various cannabinoid profiles to meet customers’ requirements.

“We are excited about our partnership with HFI and the alignment of our values and high standards for our ingredients,” said Nich Wilson, president of KND Labs. “Through our mutual partnership, we look forward to working together to meet the increased demand for hemp cannabinoid ingredients while driving the evolving industry forward with our enhanced quality program and capabilities.”

Terry Howell, HFI’s hemp cannabinoid ingredient expert, said those interested in adding hemp to their product lineup may reach out directly for samples.

“We have the ability to take any of our hemp cannabinoid ingredients, including full- or broad-spectrum distillates and isolates, and enable them to stay in suspension or be truly miscible in a beverage,” he said. “Our Superior Water Miscible option is perfect for the fast-growing hemp-infused beverage sector. Our products provide great solutions to add cannabinoids to juice blends, dairy, yogurt, etc.”