The Sustainable Food Co. from New Zealand, a zero-waste catering company, has developed hemp-based meat, the first of its kind in the world. It plans to introduce it to the market as a sustainable substitute to meat in early 2021.
This company is also the producer of other plant-based meats. Some of these plant-based meats have hemp in them for its nutritional value. The company will roll out its hemp-based burgers in collaboration with Greenfern Industries, a medical marijuana producer, through its Craft Meat Co. brand.
Kyran Rei, the co-founder of Sustainable Food Co. revealed in an interview earlier this year that all of their consumer goods use hemp as it is very rich in nutrition and is considered to be a nutritionally complete food source globally.
The company has been testing and developing the hemp-burger for several months now and in cooperation with the Massey University’s Ridley Institute’s researchers, they concluded their research after the founders, Justin Lemmens and Kyran Rei decided on different products that were environmentally friendly and were also rich in dietary fiber and protein.
Kyran Rei added that despite the main focus of the company not being to create an alternative that is an exact duplicate of meat, he relates the taste of the hemp-burger to the experience of eating chicken.
Dan Casey, Managing Director at Greenfern Industries when asked about the collaboration stated that they partnered up with the Riddet Institute for about a year for background research as well as hemp product development. Here, they used obtained cake, seed and oil from high-quality hemp for the end result.
The hemp Sustainable Foods Co. used in the hemp-burger is also sourced locally and the highly sustainable hemp growing techniques that Greenfern Industries uses are a plus. Additionally, the plastic packaging to be used will be made from recycled materials.
Furthermore, a plant-based diet minimizes the carbon footprint that is created by the meat industry. With the public becoming more conscious of the destructive effect on the environment that meat production has, plant-based meat as well as dairy substitutes have grown in popularity and use in the developed world.
The Sustainable Foods Co. plans to carry out various product trials in the remainder of this year so as to be ready for next year’s launch both for exporting and for the local market in New Zealand.
It is these sorts of innovative hemp products that make sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) believe that there is no limit as what products can be made from hemp.
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