Des Moines, IA—Kemin Industries has invested in Driftless Extracts LLC, a USDA certified organic hemp producer, processor, and ingredient supplier, according to a press release.

Driftless Extracts logo. Image courtesy of Kemin Industries.

As part of the partnership, Kemin Human Nutrition and Health will expand its current offering of hemp-based ingredients, adding Driftless Extracts’ full-spectrum hemp ingredients for both the U.S. and global markets.

"We are excited to be partnering with Driftless Extracts, a company that pairs its strong cannabinoid ingredient portfolio and extensive cultivation experience with a passion to shape a better future through sustainable solutions," said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO, Kemin Industries, in the press release. "We look forward to accelerating innovation through hemp plant science, furthering our vision to sustainably transform the quality of life for people around the world. Kemin recently announced our commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and we appreciate the alignment working with Driftless Extracts brings to this important ambition."

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The partnership will allow Driftless Extracts to accelerate its vision to revitalize agriculture on its way to a renewable future, the press release states. The company operates from a LEED-certified Gold facility in Wisconsin, and aims to establish a renewable materials industry within the Great Lakes manufacturing sector. Driftless Extracts has already established dozens of renewable hemp products, including cannabinoid extracts and powders and various hemp-fiber products.

"Driftless Extracts is thrilled to partner with a company of Kemin's stature in the general wellness ingredient space, as Kemin has a proven ability to deliver innovative and quality plant-based products to the marketplace," said Ed Liegel, CEO, Driftless Extracts, in the press release. "We look forward to collaborating with Kemin to further lead and advance the science, production and supply of hemp-based cannabinoids throughout the world. Our shared company missions, dedication to sustainability and commitment to family values are well aligned, making this partnership a natural fit, built for the long term."