Kevin Friesen: Hemp Production Services (HPS) is a Canadian, multi-generational, family farm-owned hempseed food agri-business that produces bulk hemp food ingredients for repackaging into retail brands and for blending into hemp-infused products.
Naturally non-GMO and gluten-free, hempseed is one of the premier superfoods, uniquely dense with highly digestible protein and essential fatty acids.
As food ingredients and stand-alone products, the delicious, nutty flavour, and nutrition-dense characteristics of hempseed are making it more popular every day.
HPS offers a complete supply chain and private-label solution for sourcing top quality, competitively priced, organic, conventional and non-genetically modified bulk hempseed food ingredients.
The company produces hulled hempseed, toasted hempseed, cold-pressed hempseed oil, and hemp powders (50, 43, 33, 25 and 20%).
HPS customers include functional food, cosmetic, hemp food retail brands and nutraceutical companies. HPS processes hemp grain in its state-of-the-art, high-capacity and dedicated hemp-only facilities.
Its processing facilities adhere to the standards for food quality and safety under the FSSC 22000, kosher, Certified Organic and non-GMO protocols.
Several factors make HPS the premier hemp food processor. Its ownership/management team is comprised of industry-leading experts and professional agronomists, with decades of cumulative expertise in industrial hemp breeding, grain variety development, production management, and bulk food ingredient processing and food safety.
Because it knows quality starts in the field, HPS farmers use top-quality pedigreed seed sourced from sister-company Hemp Genetics International, and HPS works closely with farmers to provide them with a comprehensive and customised hemp agronomic production support system and on-site field visits.
Due to its vertically integrated hempseed production system, and its expertise along the entire value chain, HPS can provide bulk hemp food ingredients of outstanding quality, colour, taste and value.
In early 2017, it opened a new state-of-the-art hempseed dehulling facility, which increases overall processing capacity to 120,000lb a day for hulled hempseed.
HPS prioritises sustainable food production locally and internationally. Its initiatives have been designed to reflect the importance of economic profitability, social equality and environmental health.
Locally, it supports and conducts agriculture research that enhances the environmental sustainability of cropping systems where hemp is grown.
Internationally, HPS donates 5% of its pre-tax profits to fund development projects that improve the food security of smallholder farmers who do not have enough food to eat.
These projects introduce improved farming practices to increase sustainable food production, provide emergency food aid whenever it is required, improve long-term access to clean drinking water, and support education programmes in rural areas.
The HPS pledge is to conduct all business with honesty, integrity, transparency and fairness, with a view that all supply chain stakeholders - including growers, customers, processors and distributors - are integral partners in mutual long-term success.
Customers can trust that HPS products will add value to their brands, knowing that the quality is superior and the pricing is competitive.
Finally, its customers appreciate the fact that HPS never competes with the companies it serves; HPS is a supplier, not a retail brand.